Watch the Spiritual Groove online guitar lesson by James Hogan from Essentials: Soul Rhythm Guitar
"Spiritual Groove" is a funky little gospel styled groove in the 90's neo-soul style. Tony! Toni! Toné!, Raphael Saadiq, D'Angelo, Maxwell, Eric Benet, Erykah Badu, and Lauryn Hill are some of the fantastic artists in this genre. There are often elements of classic soul, Philly Soul, R&B, funk, hip-hop, and gospel in this style.
For this example, we'll take a look at a guitar groove from George Nash Jr. on Eric Benet's "Spiritual Thang" and inject some Spanky Alford gospel styled chord fills into it. If you haven't checked out Spanky Alford, I highly recommend it! He's one of my favorite guitarists in this genre. His soulful gospel playing with Mighty Clouds of Joy and his neo-soul work on Raphael Saadiq's "Ask of You" and D'Angelo's Voodoo album immediately come to mind.