R&B sessions, Vol. 2

Dialing in R&B tone, expressive techniques and vocabulary.

Kerry “2smooth” Marshall


This follow-up course to Volume 1 is broken down into eight different lessons. In addition to new transcribed solos and grooves, Kerry shows you how to get the correct tone from your equipment. By understanding the considerations presented by different guitars or amps, you’ll become better able to support a song or artist — a crucial aspect to this genre.

Kerry also demonstrates some extended techniques typically found in R&B: volume swells and tremolo. These techniques are rarely explained and often misused. Kerry guides you through his approach and understanding of them with a series of progressions that help contextualize the material.

25 minutes across 8 parts

R&B chords and riffs
R&B chords and riffs (breakdown)
Tremolo technique
Volume swell ideas
Volume swell ideas (breakdown)
Playing with feel
Tone: single coils
Tone: humbuckers

About Kerry “2smooth” Marshall

Kerry “2Smooth” Marshall is a guitarist, instructor, session player, social influencer, producer, artist developer and voting member of the Recording Academy. His signature sound is sought after by many.

He’s currently lead guitarist for Ledisi, Ty Dolla $ign, Sean Kingston and Chante Moore. The roster of performers he has graced the stage with is extensive and continues to grow — superstar Jason Derulo, film actor and R&B singer Tyrese Gibson, The Roots, Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, Raheem DeVaughn, Leela James, Chrisette Michele, Musiq Soulchild, Anthony Hamilton, Jill Scott, Fantasia Barrino, Jacob Latimore, Kevin Ross and many others.

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