• 2022 Issue 3 /
  • Lessons: Upstroke Technique, Minor 11th Chords and Triad Movements

Guitar Lessons

Lessons: Upstroke Technique, Minor 11th Chords and Triad Movements

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R&B guitar ace Kerry “2 Smooth” Marshall is back with more tips for playing R&B on an acoustic guitar.

It’s time for another trio of guitar lessons with session player, music educator and R&B virtuoso Kerry “2 Smooth” Marshall.

Kerry brings over 20 years of experience in the music world to his popular online video guitar lessons, as well as his digital guitar school, Kerry’s Kamp. With nearly 135,000 subscribers on YouTube and new lesson videos released every week, Kerry is a constant source of musical inspiration for players hoping to explore guitar techniques from the worlds of R&B, gospel and neo-soul. As a session player, Kerry has also played and recorded alongside major artists like Tori Kelly, Jason Derulo, Chrisette Michele and Ledisi.

Upstroke Technique

Kicking things off with a beginner lesson, Kerry demonstrates a simple upstroke picking technique that adds a subtle rhythmic accent to your playing. Watch as Kerry illustrates this easy way to add R&B flair to your sound.

The Minor 11th Chord

Next, Kerry explores an important sound in R&B guitar-playing that can be translated to other styles as well: the minor 11th chord. Watch as Kerry shows how to use the minor 11th as a subtle variation on the more common minor 7th chord.

Triad Movements

Finally, Kerry goes deep with an advanced lesson focused on triad movements, another subtle technique that you can use to flavor your playing to create a sweet R&B vibe.

Want more R&B acoustic guitar lessons from Kerry “2 Smooth” Marshall? Be sure to check out his YouTube channel and subscribe for his weekly instructional videos.