Disco Time - Nile Rodgers Style

by Guido Bungenstock

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  • Hi Guys,

    Welcome to my lesson No. 39

    It's Disco Time! :-D
    Let's check out some coolFunk/Disco Rhythm guitar of the groovy Nile Rodgers (Band member of "Chic")

    Nile Gregory Rodgers, Jr. (born September 19, 1952) is an American record producer, songwriter, musician, composer, arranger and guitarist. He is the lead guitarist and co-founding member with Bernard Edwards of the band Chic, which has been active since 1976 and was one of the most successful groups of the disco era.

    Although he recorded three solo albums during the 1980s and 1990s, and one as part of the short-lived group Outloud, Rodgers has found more success in collaboration as producer and performer with many artists including Sister Sledge, Diana Ross, Sheena Easton, David Bowie, Bryan Ferry, Duran Duran, Madonna, INXS, Britney Spears, Spoons, and more recently, Daft Punk, Pharrell Williams, Avicii, Disclosure, Sam Smith, Pitbull, Lady Gaga, Kylie Minogue, Nervo, Laura Mvula, Sigala, Keith Urban and Christina Aguilera.

    I made a track similar to one of Chic's greatest Disco hits "Le Freak".
    The A & B sections are typical for this Disco guitars while the C Part (Bridge) goes more in the direction of Kool & The Gang. I played a simple solo on top of it to give you an idea how to solo over theses chord progressions.

    The D Section ist exactly the same like the A section but an octave higher.

    So lets get the party started! ;-)

    Cheers Guido

    A Part 0:04-0:20
    | Gm | Gm7 Gm6 | Gm | Gm7 Gm6 |
    | Gm | Gm7 C | Gm | C/D |

    B Part 0:21-0:38
    | N.C.| % | % | % |
    | % | % | % | % |

    C Part 0:39-0:55
    | Eb/F | BbMaj7 | Db/Eb | AbMaj7 |
    | Bm7b5 E7b9| AMaj7 | Am7/11 | C/D |

    D Part 0:56-1:14
    | Gm | Gm7 Gm6 | Gm | Gm7 Gm6 |
    | Gm | Gm7 C | Gm | C/D |

    Final words

    I tried to transcribe as close as possible. Specially in the Guitar Pro 5 you'll find all this little extras!

    Cheers - Guido

    Technical specifications
    Guitar: Music Man Luke II
    Strings: D'Addario NYXL 009
    Audio Interface: Focusrite Saffire PRO 24
    Recording SW: Logic 10, several plugins
    Amp(Only for Monitor): Peavey JSX Top with Marshall 2x12" V30

    Kemper Profiling Amp: Vendra Duo (Rhythm) & Diesel V4 (Solo)

    These profiles aer available for purchase here:

    Standard tuning: E, A, D, G, B, E
    Tempo: 112 BPM

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