Blufunk acoustic guitar course

Keziah Jones

Intermediate

221 videos

Discover the secrets of Blufunk on the guitar with the creator and ambassador of this percussive style!

Blufunk acoustic guitar course

Keziah Jones and imusic-school invite you to this Blufunk guitar class. Keziah Jones shares with you his secrets & experiences with Blufunk, the unique style that he developed while playing in the street.

Rhythm is Love, Million Miles … learn how to play his greatest hits.

In this exceptional guitar course, you’ll learn blufunk guitar one-on-one with Keziah Jones, a unique style that mixes blues, funk and yoruba, traditional Nigerian music.

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The main concepts taught

Blufunk

Acoustic Guitar

Rhythmic placement

Percussions

Finger techniques

Lesson plan by Keziah Jones

Keziah Jones and imusic-school invite you to take this complete blufunk guitar course with the inventor of the genre himself. Learn his most famous songs & the titles from his album « Captain Rugged »

The artist will explain in detail 23 titles that represent the particularities of his musical style. Keziah will analyze in detail how to play blufunk, with special attention given to the left hand, which contributes to the originality of his playing. Every lesson will take you a step closer to learning blufunk, mixing guitar, bass & percussions. He will address all of the techniques : funk, thumb skills, Keziah Jones picking. For every song learned on the acoustic guitar, he will then use the electro-acoustic guitar to show you how to enhance your playing skills with effects.

Chapters

Detailed Concepts

The Approach and Material used by Keziah

The Blufunk style and Keziah Jones’ guitar approach. The material used by the artist.

Keziah presents his percussive approach to the guitar, his influences, his approach to writing.

He gives you his advice for composition. The guitars, strings, and the effects used by the artist: Spanish acoustic guitar, Rugged nylon electric guitar, 2 string guitar, Lag Signature Keziah Jones, Vox ac30 tube amp, Vox100, octave pedal, Wah Wah, RotoVibe, Equalizer Boss.

The Technique

The rhythmic right hand of the artist, Thumb play and picking: advice and exercises proposed by the artist.

The use of the guitar as a rhythmic instrument: Keziah Jones offers a series of exercises to develop your percussive technique; right hand rhythmic work, left hand exercises, alternate thumb-index picking, thumb use.

Funk

Keziah teaches you how to play 5 of his Funk songs: “Million Miles”, “Where is life”, “Funk”, “Beautiful Emilie”, “Largos VS New-York”.

The story behind the songs, the chords used, the structures, the rhythmic placements…

Learn five emblematic titles of Keziah with close-ups, slow-motion, tablatures…

Take advantage of the artist’s advice on interpretation, material and tricks. Play in duet with Keziah himself!

Funk Guitar, 2 Strings

Keziah presents his 2-string game, with the example of the titles African space craft – Cubic space division – Dear Mr Cooper

Presentation of the 2-string playing technique: single note play, downstrokes, right hand play with 3 fingers, rhythmic loops, bass line. With close-ups, tablatures…

Picking

Picking as seen by Keziah with only two fingers. Interpret the titles: “Neptune”, “If you know” and “1973”.

Another style that can be played in blufunk: picking – or fingerpicking.

Keziah reveals his secret to save time and energy: instead of using all his fingers, he only uses his thumb and index finger.

The artist’s advice: start on the central strings of the chord and “pick” the strings by going outwards.

Thumb Game

Use the thumb as a mediator to play the five Keziah’s songs : « Afrosurrealism for the ladies », « Kpafuca », « Cash », « Rhytm is love » et « All praises ».

Another different technique in Keziah Jones’ universe.

The thumb play that allows you to be more free on the rest of the guitar. Learn to play these five pieces in sequence and supported by tablatures and scores.

Work on rhythm with your right hand and then with your left hand using slow motion and close-ups.

The Guitar as Percussion

Discover the guitar as a percussive instrument using the two songs: “WET questions” and “Blufunk is a fact”.

Learn to use the body of the guitar, its sound box as a full-fledged drum kit.

He shows you how to use every part of your hands to play percussions on your guitar. Blufunk is a fact is a fully rhythmic song based on one note only. Discover how to play it.

Chapters

Detailed Concepts

The Approach and Material used by Keziah

The Blufunk style and Keziah Jones’ guitar approach. The material used by the artist.

Keziah presents his percussive approach to the guitar, his influences, his approach to writing.

He gives you his advice for composition. The guitars, strings, and the effects used by the artist: Spanish acoustic guitar, Rugged nylon electric guitar, 2 string guitar, Lag Signature Keziah Jones, Vox ac30 tube amp, Vox100, octave pedal, Wah Wah, RotoVibe, Equalizer Boss.

The Technique

The rhythmic right hand of the artist, Thumb play and picking: advice and exercises proposed by the artist.

The use of the guitar as a rhythmic instrument: Keziah Jones offers a series of exercises to develop your percussive technique; right hand rhythmic work, left hand exercises, alternate thumb-index picking, thumb use.

Funk

Keziah teaches you how to play 5 of his Funk songs: “Million Miles”, “Where is life”, “Funk”, “Beautiful Emilie”, “Largos VS New-York”.

The story behind the songs, the chords used, the structures, the rhythmic placements…

Learn five emblematic titles of Keziah with close-ups, slow-motion, tablatures…

Take advantage of the artist’s advice on interpretation, material and tricks. Play in duet with Keziah himself!

Funk Guitar, 2 Strings

Keziah presents his 2-string game, with the example of the titles African space craft – Cubic space division – Dear Mr Cooper

Presentation of the 2-string playing technique: single note play, downstrokes, right hand play with 3 fingers, rhythmic loops, bass line. With close-ups, tablatures…

Picking

Picking as seen by Keziah with only two fingers. Interpret the titles: “Neptune”, “If you know” and “1973”.

Another style that can be played in blufunk: picking – or fingerpicking.

Keziah reveals his secret to save time and energy: instead of using all his fingers, he only uses his thumb and index finger.

The artist’s advice: start on the central strings of the chord and “pick” the strings by going outwards.

Thumb Game

Use the thumb as a mediator to play the five Keziah’s songs : « Afrosurrealism for the ladies », « Kpafuca », « Cash », « Rhytm is love » et « All praises ».

Another different technique in Keziah Jones’ universe.

The thumb play that allows you to be more free on the rest of the guitar. Learn to play these five pieces in sequence and supported by tablatures and scores.

Work on rhythm with your right hand and then with your left hand using slow motion and close-ups.

The Guitar as Percussion

Discover the guitar as a percussive instrument using the two songs: “WET questions” and “Blufunk is a fact”.

Learn to use the body of the guitar, its sound box as a full-fledged drum kit.

He shows you how to use every part of your hands to play percussions on your guitar. Blufunk is a fact is a fully rhythmic song based on one note only. Discover how to play it.

A word from our teachers

A class that can and should be covered by all musicians, regardless of their instrument or level. This is a testimony about the possibility & the importance of creating ones own musical approach & style. Keziah Jones has developed a unique style on the guitar, rich in the African percussive music that influenced his musical development.