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R&B, Soul, Motown, & Blues Lead & Rhythm Guitar Techniques

$19.99 $12.00

4.88 (12 reviews)


What you’ll learn

  • Learn how to modify and play chords in fresh new ways.
  • Free yourself from being chained to playing just one chord shape.
  • Examine licks and phrase them together in this classic rhythm and blues style.
  • Learn to play lots of new licks and fills in the classic style.
  • Discover how to add fills to rhythms, spice up chord progressions, and create movement within chords.
  • How to utilize intervals, hot rod pentatonic scales, and strategize your solos in this style.
  • Learn how to create a sonic atmosphere with the wah pedal.
  • How to use the wah pedal to get the precise tone and sounds you want.
  • How to use the wah as an expressive tool for clean lead playing.

In this course you will learn all types of rhythm and lead guitar devices and concepts for blues, rhythm and blues, Motown, and soul guitar. If you are tired of always playing the same things, and tired of always playing the same chords the same ways, with the same rhythms, then this course can help you break out of that rut and open your playing to more creative pathways. This course will give your chord playing more freedom and open the flood gates to all kinds of new chord, rhythm, and lead guitar ideas.

This course is taught by popular Next Level Guitar instructor Ben Zinn. The lessons in this course are in that very timeless and classic bluesy, R&B, style. This style has strongly influenced today’s modern blues players as well as the classic blues guitarists of the past. 

This course is all about teaching you to play different things and getting you “outside the box.” This course will also help you develop licks and fills to play in between your rhythms. This way, you can play cool and interesting rhythms but insert all kinds of licks and rhythmic devices to dress up your playing. We make it easy to incorporate these techniques and devices into your own blues rhythm and lead playing. Plus, we teach you how to take the timeless classic techniques and utilize them in a more modern R&B approach. And in our bonus lesson we teach how you can get a great, classic blues tone. You’ll also all about the guitars, gear, pickups, amps, effects, and how to dial in great tone.

This course comes with seven HD video lessons, along with six practice and review downloadable PDFs — one each for the first six lessons. These PDFs include lesson reviews, chord charts, tabs, and practice tips and exercises. You also get three downloadable jam tracks. Most importantly, these three backing tracks are the exact same tracks that are utilized in the video lessons. This makes it even easier and more enjoyable to practice and apply the techniques in a real musical context.  You also get three additional bonus jam tracks so that you can work on these concepts in different keys. These tracks sound great, are custom-made for educational purposes, and are very motivating and empowering to practice over. 

You will also get two eBooks that will take you into a deep dive into these concepts as you move your playing forward. These eBooks are packed with lessons, scale diagrams, chord charts, application practice and more. You get our fully illustrated, full color 38-page “Blues Rock Soloing” eBook and our “Chord Building, Key Signature, & Songwriting Basics For Guitar” eBook. These are comprehensive reference manuals you will use often throughout your guitar journey. They are packed with scale diagrams, soloing strategies, music theory, modal lessons, chord charts, key charts, practice tips, and even more killer lessons.

Throughout this course you will learn:

-How to modify chords and play them in fresh new ways.

-How to add fills to your rhythms and spice up your chord progressions.

-All kinds of different rhythmic concepts and devices in these classic styles.

-All about intervals and how to use them in musical ways.

-All kinds of bluesy soul-inspired lead guitar licks and phrases.

-How chords influence our soloing decisions when improvising.

-To examine licks and phrase them together in this classic rhythm and blues style.

-How to move new-sounding notes over chords to make strong soloing statements.

-How to utilize a wah pedal as an expressive tool for for clean lead playing.

-How to utilize a wah pedal to create a sonic atmosphere in this style.

-Soloing strategies on how to utilize these techniques and devices within a musical context.

-How to achieve the right tone and sounds using a wah pedal and incorporating it into your sound.

-How to create movement within chords and free yourself from being chained to playing just one chord shape.

-How to play Hot Rod Pentatonic scales and how to apply these new scales and licks over a chord progression.

-How to utilize the classic techniques in a modern R&B approach.

-These lessons are very much in the style of Marvin Gay, Otis Redding, Steve Cropper, Curtis Mayfield, and Al Green, to name a few.

And it’s easy to follow along with our on-screen tablature and chord text. Everything is written out on screen.  As well as we don’t go too fast and teach the concepts at slow and record tempo. We break all the concepts down to bite-sized digestible nuggets that can easily be incorporated into your rhythm and lead playing.

And please feel free to contact us if you have any questions — and keep on rocking!

-David Taub, Co-creator and CAO
Next Level Guitar Inc.

Who this course is for:

  • Beginner/Intermediate guitar players looking to advance their Rhythm & Blues, Soul, or blues guitar skills.

Course content

  • R&B rhythm concepts lesson and spicing up your chords and progressions
  • Motown inspired rhythm ideas & concepts, create cool chord movement and melody
  • Classic R&B style how to examine licks, phrase licks together, & wah pedal licks
  • Learn bluesy, soul inspired licks and add licks and fills to your rhythm playing
  • How to “Hot Rod” Pentatonic scales and how chords influence soloing choices
  • Modern Rhythm & Blues spin on these classic R&B techniques
  • Bonus Lesson – How to get a classic electric blues tone – gear and guitar!

12 reviews for R&B, Soul, Motown, & Blues Lead & Rhythm Guitar Techniques

  1. Luis Brito

    I can definitely see this course helping breaking through that initial barrier when it comes to learning a programming language. I’m positive I’ll finish it and hopefully master python by then.

  2. Abdallah Galal Abouhussein

    I would like to share my personnel experience, i`m very pleased and happy for taking this impressive course because Dr. Angela always makes it simple and easy to understand and always makes a precaution section before or after any bug that may appear to some students and also write or record the solution for us, and each word she said is very real and easy to understand.
    Thanks Dr. Angela
    Abdallah Galal

  3. Jiaqing Fan

    Very good course. Dr Angela explains things very clearly. The exercises are interactive and helpful.

    Angela’s voice is like ASMR in most lessons. So you won’t lose focus?

  4. Jaime Sánchez Blanco

    Every concept is very well explained so you can assimilate it, and the teacher insists in practicing daily to get the habit of programming. It really motivates to keep studying and practicing every day.

  5. Bradley Carouthers

    3 days in and I’ve already learned more than other training programs where I’ve put months in. Her teaching style is both efficient and effective.

    Edit: Now on day 29 and the course has held up my expectations and hopes. The rise in complexity is not too sharp, and every day feels like an accomplishment. Angela takes her time to explain things without rushing, yet is able to pack tons of information in nuggets of time.

    Still recommend supplemental exposure for a more wholesome grasp. Though, this should be quite enough

  6. Tommy Prévost

    Very good course.

    PROs: lots of coding exercises, clear explanations, great examples, adapted to 2021’s reality.

    CONs: past the first 30 lessons, many similar coding hands-on.

  7. Quang Tu

    I love all the lectures and challenges of this course. I finally find myself in love with coding. This is definitely a fun course. Thank you Angela for this great course.

  8. Fortunate Eze

    This course is nothing short of AMAZING. The level of love and sincere desire to see students succeed present in this course is a rare sight. This course is fun, it’s challenging, it’s suspense-filled, it makes you feel good about yourself solving those challenges. You don’t take this course and memorise codes, you take it and you know what you’re doing because you literally do it yourself.

    It couldn’t possibly be any more obvious that Angela brought out her whole heart, time, energy and resources to give us a course that if priced based on it’s value, many of us certainly can’t afford. I mean, she kept advising and encouraging us to keep going, because she knows the road could get bumpy, she made a few jokes and used funny animations so we smile along the way keeping it fun. Why some people can’t see this and would rather subscribe to trying to bend courses to fit their own personal preferences is beyond me, but I guess people will always be people.

    Dear Angela, I cannot speak for everyone but I certainly can speak for myself and I’m saying thank you. The efforts you put into making this course outstanding didn’t go unnoticed.

    Let as many of us as appreciate your efforts make you happy and energize you to create more life changing courses for us.


  9. Chendaniel

    Just the course fits me. Learn by doing, it is easy to start and just follow the flow and at day 15 you realized how to program in Python. Then the magic happen. I am on day 27 and I am looking forward to start a new section everyday.

  10. Caspar Cheng

    Angela is my favourite teacher on Udemy, her courses always come with clear and concise demonstration, make it really easy to understand the content. Meanwhile, she also provide a lot of tips to encourage us moving further on the way of coding. I’m definitely a super fan of her. I had finished her web development boot camp and now I’m learning Python 100 days of code. This course is amazing as she provided one particular project for each day’s learning, which is, really useful and handy. Also, those projects are really interesting and won’t let me feel disappointed about myself. Although some of them are a little bit difficult, they’re still resolvable after some struggling and searching online. I’ll recommend this course for those who really want to learn Python well and write real python projects from scratch!

  11. Jonas Weber

    The course was awesome in the first half! Really helped me to get back to programming and learning new techniques. Also the course got way to much focused on web development in the second half, which I’m not really interested in and is redundand to your dedicated web development course. The lack of videos in the last quarter was rather sad. I really would’ve liked some video explanations for pandas and matplotlib. The challenges and capstone projects were great and challenging!
    All in all I can really recommend this course for beginners and those who want to learn python and/or get back to programming!

  12. Rohit Prasad

    Angela is the best teacher I have ever experienced. The way she explains all the topics and makes use of it in the projects is commendable. Thank you so much Angela for this course.

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