(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay
In these lessons Lee Wanner will teach you "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay", by Otis Redding. Lee will introduce the song and talk about gear and tone, then teach the intro and outro. This song has both acoustic and electric guitar, and Lee will break down the verse, chorus, and bridge parts on both instruments. For fun, we'll learn the famous whistling melody, then we'll do full and single guitar performances. We'll end with a jam along.
In this set of lessons, Sharon Aguilar will teach "ABC", as made famous by The Jackson 5. Sharon will introduce the song and go over the gear and tones, then break down the details for the intro and verse, the chorus, and the bridge for guitar 1. Next we'll look at the same sections for guitars 2 and 3, and a bridge part for an additional guitar. We'll then do full and single guitar performances, and end with a jam along.
Across 110th Street
Douglas will show you a single guitar approach teaching you many of the melodies and licks played in a funky style, along with some chords that you can play during the chorus.
In these ten lessons, Sharon Aguilar will teach "At Last", as made famous by Etta James. After a song introduction and a look at the gear and tone, we'll break down the intro and outro parts. Next up are the chords and rhythms for A sections 1 and 2, followed by the B section. We'll look at A section 3 before we learn the string melody on guitar, then do play a long performances and a jam along.
Step along the dance floor, learning the moves that guys envy and ladies adore. We'll walk you step by through funk picking and timing, the various chords used in the sections of the song, even how to double the bass line. In short, how to get your groove on!
In this tutorial Anders Mouridsen will teach you how to play the classic New Orleans funk jam song "Cissy Strut" as made famous by The Meters. You're gonna learn everything you need to know about this song; how to play the melody or the "head", how to play the B section ensemble line, how to "comp" when someone else is soloing and how to take a solo yourself. After this tutorial you'll be able to jam out with the record or go play Cissy Strut live at a jam-session.
Mike will show you the guitar part in this song that's all about the groove, supporting the singer, and getting people on the dance floor! He'll show you the triads, single note riffs, the backbeat and how the guitar is used in a support role in the arrangement.
Have You Seen Her
In this series of lessons, Henrik Linde will teach "Have You Seen Her", by The Chi-Lites. After the usual song introduction and gear and tones, Henrik will launch into the fuzz guitar melody and rhythm in the intro. The A section progression is next, then the B section; we'll look at the outro rhythm before we head to a play along performance and a jam along.
I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)
In this set of lessons, Sharon Aguilar will teach "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch)", as made famous by The Four Tops. After a song introduction and a look at the gear and tone, Sharon will break down the rhythm guitar and chord voicings in the song. Then she'll teach you the bass line as a bonus, before doing play along performances; you'll take over in the "guitar karaoke" jam along.
I Wanna Be Your Lover
Anders will show you the 2 guitar parts in this song. Guitar 1 is a super clean electric which does the octave stabs in the beginning and during the choruses. Guitar 2 is another clean electric which plays the riff with the rest of the band. At the end of the song, they break into a static funk jam while the track fades. This song is a masterclass in rhythmic precision, right hand strumming and left hand muting, and it's super fun to play.
I Wanna Testify
In this tutorial we are going to take a look at how to play "Testify" as made famous by Parliament. This track features some great funk licks and in this video, I will show you how to play some of the clavinet parts as well. Let's check it out!
I'll Take You There
Mike will show you the clean electric guitar playing a mix of rhythm and lead throughout.
The tune opens with a funky horn like melody that's played with palm muting. Next, the groove kicks in and doesn't let up for the whole tune! It's all about funky R&B rhythm and lead guitar approaches.
It's Your Thing
In this tutorial we are going to take a look at how to play the late 60's funk classic "It's Your Thing" by The Isley Brothers. We'll to teach you both guitar parts, and we are also going to take a look at how the guitar fits into the whole arrangement by soloing it against each instrument. Remember it's not about how much you play, but how tight your groove is and how you fit into the big picture. Let's groove!
Knock on Wood
In this series of lessons, Tom Finch will teach you "Knock on Wood", by Eddie Floyd. Tom will talk about what you'll be learning, then look at the gear and tone. The first playing lesson is on the intro and chorus parts; following that we'll dig into the verse and pre-chorus. Next up is the bridge, then the outro. We conclude with a performance play along, then you play the song by yourself in the jam along.
Night Train (Instrumental)
Mike will show you the single clean electric guitar part in this tune that plays some funky riffs and chord stabs. The tune starts out with the guitar playing a bouncy, funky single note line in the lower register, while the arrangement follows a typical 12 bar blues form. In later verses, the guitar switches to playing staccato chord stabs locked in with the groove.
Ooo Baby Baby
Mike will show you the parts to the single clean electric guitar playing chord strums and stabs in a strictly supportive role throughout with a gentle swinging 12/8 groove, extended barre chords, backbeat stabs, and double stops.
Mike will show you the single electric guitar layer in this song. It's a clean guitar that plays some dreamy arpeggiations throughout. On the recording, the guitar plays only half the time, so we've added an R&B rhythm guitar approach any guitarist would typically play to cover the missing sections.
Put It Where You Want It
Mike will show you the single clean electric guitar layer in this tune handling the lead melodies and rhythm. The song opens with Guitar 1 playing the melodic hook right off the top. The horns take over in the other sections of the arrangement, leaving the guitar to switch to some wah wah infused strums and funky rhythm parts.
Shining Star was a top 40 hit in the mid 70's, bringing a raw, street funk energy to mainstream radio. We laid down the groove for the song in a backing track, and show you how to play the funky rhythm guitars and shredding guitar solo over the top.
This song is all about making people dance, and everything that happens in the band is supporting this. The whole song is based on a one-chord jam, and the part we'll be playing uses a combination of funky 16th note strumming and a lower pentatonic single note lick that locks in with the bass.
In this tutorial, Mike Olekshy will be teaching you "Skin Trade", by Duran Duran. Mike will talk about the role of guitar in funk, and the gear and tones; then it's right into the pocket with the verse part. Next up are the clean and crunch parts for the pre-choruses and the choruses, then we'll break down the bridge. Lesson 9 looks at the final variations, then we'll do a play along performance followed by a jam along where you take center stage.
Son of a Preacher Man
In this set of song lessons, Mike Olekshy will teach "Son of a Preacher Man", performed by Dusty Springfield. Mike will introduce the song and talk a bit about gear and tone before getting into the intro riff. We'll look at the verse part, followed by the chorus; then check out the bridge. We'll learn the 3rd verse and outro before we do a play along performance, and a "guitar karaoke" jam along.
In this tutorial you'll learn the main parts to this classic funk/dance song. There are surprisingly few; it's based on some simple yet effective repeating licks. You'll also learn the proper body glitter to body ratio for stage personae. It's about the pocket so we'll put it all in a groove to top it off.
"Sweet Thing" is a signature soul classic, made famous by Chaka Khan and Rufus. This song features some very cool guitar parts that are heard all over in R&B and funk music. There are also some really cool moments where two guitars are played together to play rhythms that always seem to fit right into the groove. You'll learn the signature lick that is stated throughout the song, the guitar parts in the verses, the chorus with its chord licks and rhythm changes,and the fade out ending. Keep it funky!
Take Me To The River
In this set of lessons, Mike Olekshy will teach you "Take Me to the River", by Al Green. After setting up the song lessons in an introduction and talking about the gear and tones, Mike will detail the main riff in the intro of the tune. Then we're into a break down of the verse riff, which elaborates on the intro riff. Next up are the chords in the chorus, followed by the change-up in the bridge. We'll end with a play along, and a jam along.
That's the Way I Like It
In this set of lessons, Mike Olekshy will teach "That's the Way I Like It", as made famous by KC & the Sunshine Band. After introducing the song and dialing in the gear and tone, Mike will teach the verse of the tune. Next up is the chorus guitar part; then we'll adapt the horn melody to guitar just for fun. We'll do full and single guitar performances, then you'll take over in the "guitar karaoke" jam along.
This tutorial presents lessons on the smash hit "This Love", as made famous by Maroon 5. This was the bands first hit, which broke them in the US. It's a funky little tune with some interesting quirks. We'll teach you the chords, rhythms, and lines in the verse, the chorus, and the bridge...then we'll play it through in a performance at the end.