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Nile Rodgers

Player Studies



This course includes the following 4 units

Unit 1

Triad Work

In this first unit we’ll be laying down some essential triad knowledge. Choosing the right triad can take very dull chords and make them sound far more exciting!

Unit 2

Got Unlucky

This unit will challenge you with a song using Nile’s more poppy vibes, helping us apply the new triad knowledge as well as learning some more in depth strumming!

Unit 3

Nile's Chords

Now we check out Nile Rodgers’ more advanced chord voicings and shapes. We’ll cover minor 7th, major 7th, altered and 13th chords, and give you lots to work with outside of this course.

Unit 4

Disco Rodgers

Now we bring everything together, all the grooves, chords and triads with a song in the style of Nile Rodgers and Chic! This will really push your skills, and is brilliant fun to learn.


The Hitmaker!

In the world of pop and funk music, Nile Rodgers is best known as the “hitmaker” (plus, his guitar is called that too!), and if you take one listen to his guitar parts you will hear why! Famed for his uniquely simple tone of a Strat plugged into a recording desk, he’s played with David Bowie, Chic, Sister Sledge, Daft Punk and so many more. Diving a little deeper, his sound is based around his incredible rhythm chops, chord vocabulary and his ability to craft perfect parts for his songs. Combining small chord voicings with wicked 16th note grooves and beautiful melody parts, he effortlessly creates some of the most memorable guitar sounds in history, and we’ll explore exactly how he does it!

Nile taught me, over and over again, that we need to play for the song, rather than playing for ourselves. So every time I approach a song for a pop artist I think, what would Nile do? If I can get close to that, I know I’m doing alright!

Dion Rushe

Triads, embellishments & groove

Over 4 fantastic units we will learn how to play like the great Nile Rodgers. We’ll start in unit 1 with triads, demonstrating how we can transform very basic chord ideas to make them far more interesting with voice leading in triads. Then we’ll use the song in unit 2 to put your new skills to the test, while developing the relationship between your left and right hands to level up your funky strumming skills. With unit 3 we’ll approach Nile’s trick bag of chord voicings, highlighting the major 7th, minor 7th and 13th chords that he uses so famously. Finally, in unit 4 we have a challenging song to finish, taking everything we’ve learnt previously, plus some adding even cooler harmony and embellishments!


20 HD videos

Full lesson notes

Backing tracks

Supporting diagrams

Interactive guitar tab

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