Watch the Essentials: Soul Rhythm Guitar online guitar lesson by James Hogan from Essentials: Soul Rhythm Guitar

Hi, I'm James Hogan and welcome to Essentials: Soul Rhythm Guitar. This course covers 10 essential soul and R&B grooves for rhythm guitarists. We'll start the course with some killer riff-based ideas from Motown legends Eddie "Chank" Willis and Marv Tarplin. From there, we'll head down to "Soulsville, U.S.A." to Memphis' Stax Records where we'll check out some funky 6th intervals and fat chord grooves inspired by Steve Cropper of Booker T. & The MG's and Reggie Young from American Sound Studios "Memphis Boys".

We'll then cruise up to Chicago for some gospel inspired, chordal brilliance from Curtis Mayfield before we work our way back down south down to Muscle Shoals, Alabama for some greasy soul grooves in the style of Jimmy Johnson and The Swampers! While in the south, we'll head over to New Orleans where we'll jam to a bluesy piano inspired riff from legendary pianist Allen Toussaint and a funky guitar groove from The Meters' legendary guitarist Leo Nocentelli. Along with these greats, we'll also head to Philadelphia to investigate a smooth Philly soul styled groove before we dig into some gospel infused Neo-soul guitar that pays tribute to the late great Spanky Alford!

Whether you're an intermediate player in need of some new ideas or a seasoned pro just looking for a refresher, I think you'll get a lot out of the material I'll be presenting here in Essentials: Soul Rhythm Guitar. All of the examples are laid out for you in both tablature and standard notation, and I've included some really nice backing tracks for you to jam along with at home! Keep in mind, these examples cover a wide variety of soul styles and showcase multiple techniques, with varying levels of difficulty. Let's get to it!