Soul Ballad

by Sinisa Cekic

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    THE PROFESSOR Getting that smooth, silky sound in your chord work, as you can hear in the sultry playing of Sinisa in this lesson, requires a strong understanding of m7 chords and shapes. When playing in the Soul style, the smoother the better when it comes to laying down the chords, so having a strong grasp of m7 chords will allow you to bring some Soul into your chord work when dealing with minor chords and keys. 

    When playing in the Soul style, learning how to play various fingerings for m7 chords across the fretboard will give you all the smooth harmonies to lay down a groove in style. Check out m7 chords, how to build them, and how to play them across the fingerboard, and get into that smooth style today.

    Hi GMC!

    Today's lesson is related to the music of Soul.

    Soul music is a combination of Rhythm and Blues, Gospel, and began in the 1950s in the United States. For this lesson I picked a slow variation of it because of a few things - this kind of music largely depends on rhythm, of course, but not usually following a rhythm strictly from a drum set, as it is done in pop genres. Soul often follows a tempo and cadence produced by the singer and this makes it a little harder to follow. In this lesson I will explain to you how to play Soul guitar.

    Guitar : Tom Anderson acoustic

    Equipment : Sonar8 DAW, Amplitube3/Guitar Rig4 guitar plugins

    Tempo : 70 bpm

    Signature : 4/4

    Chord progression : Dm7//Cm7/Fm7

    Key signature :Fm

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