Having command of a versatile and extensive vocabulary of fills to connect chords and accompany singers is an essential skill for all guitarists. Rick Stickney’s collection of 30 Timeless R&B Guitar Fills can be applied to any style of music you play, from rock and country to jazz, funk and blues.
“In contemporary music, the tastiest fills we hear today root directly back to classic Soul and R&B music from the 60s and 70s. To broaden your fills vocabulary, I’ve put together 30 of my favorite and most versatile R&B fills, which you can use as presented or tweak any way you wish to create your own variations. I’ll show you fills that you can play over major, minor, and dominant chord progressions, in a variety of keys and feels. As you learn the fills, you will also gain valuable insight into how to visualize them relative to common chord shapes and positions on the fingerboard, making it a breeze to move these to other keys later. We’ll practice all 30 of these fills over jam tracks for real-world musical context.”
Guitar Lesson #1: HOPO Heaven
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Guitar Lesson #2: Encounters of the 4th Kind
Learning where you can use sliding 4ths is a crucial piece of the building fills puzzle. This one uses one of the most common placements of it.
Guitar Lesson #3: The 6th Sense
Using intervals of 6ths over a 6/8 ballad feel is R&B/Soul
Guitar Lesson #4: Descend and Maintain
Descending on 3rds horizontally down the neck is a beautiful sound, especially when articulated with slides.
Guitar Lesson #5: Trail Mix
Using descending intervals of 6ths in Mixolydian is a great-sounding, fun way of leading from the V7 to I chord.
Guitar Lesson #6: Altered Ego
Using the altered scale to connect a V7 to i minor voicings is a beautiful way to get tension and resolution.
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