Tone (Guitar Lesson)

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DJ Phillips


To wrap up his series on the style of Keith Urban, DJ provides some insight in to how Keith's tone is created. He also talks about musicality in Keith's playing and what you can draw from this series.

Taught by DJ Phillips in Style of Keith Urban seriesLength: 5:53Difficulty: 0.5 of 5

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kendrickjekendrickje replied on October 3rd, 2012

Keith Urban talks Tele's, inluence, and history: Part 1 - - Part 2 -

aussie twangaussie twang replied on July 14th, 2012

for anyone who wants a quick link to the rig rundown

GondekGondek replied on June 28th, 2012

Thanks..nice series...going to check out his rig and work on my sound...

Style of Keith Urban

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DJ Phillips takes a lick based look at the sound and stylistic approach of Keith Urban.

Lesson 1

Introduction to Keith Urban

To get things started in DJ's "Style of Keith Urban" lesson series, he discusses the lesson series and how it'll be broken down. He also covers a brief history of this now prolific modern country musician.

Length: 8:48 Difficulty: 0.5 FREE
Lesson 2

Melodic Playing

In the first technique-based lesson of his "Style of Keith Urban" series, DJ takes a look at how Keith adds melody to his playing. Most of these sound-a-like licks are mobile and can be added in to your...

Length: 25:34 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 3


Another key element of Keith Urban's playing is his twin lead harmonization. In this lesson, DJ offers up some examples of how Keith uses the twin guitar lead to harmonize all or parts of a riff or solo.

Length: 21:01 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 4


As DJ has alluded to in previous lessons, Keith Urban places quite a bit of emphasis on bending in his playing. In this lesson, DJ covers some of the bend types and techniques utilized in the country genre...

Length: 25:42 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Open String Usage

In this lesson, DJ discusses and demonstrates how Keith Urban utilizes open string based licks in his playing. This technique is not only used extensively in Keith Urban's playing, but is also a staple...

Length: 21:17 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 6

Chicken Pickin', Pops and Snaps

In this lesson DJ dissects some of the more percussive techniques utilized by Keith Urban in his playing.

Length: 20:33 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Double Stops and Chords

DJ begins to round out this series with examples of how Keith Urban uses double stops and chord-based licks in his playing.

Length: 14:40 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 8

Rock and Blues Influence

In this lesson, DJ demonstrates rock and blues licks that Keith Urban likes to throw into his playing.

Length: 9:34 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Bag of Tricks

For the final technique-based lesson of the series, DJ takes a look at the remaining tricks that Keith Urban utilizes in his playing. These include the use of unison bends, octaves, and various chromatic...

Length: 10:37 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 10


To wrap up his series on the style of Keith Urban, DJ provides some insight in to how Keith's tone is created. He also talks about musicality in Keith's playing and what you can draw from this series.

Length: 5:53 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only

About DJ Phillips View Full Biography Like many guitar players who began playing around the same time, DJ began plunking out Nirvana and Soundgarden tunes when he first picked up the guitar in the mid-nineties. While these grunge-y roots certainly have their merit, it wasn't until DJ's eldest sister took him to a Led Zeppelin laser light show that the full potential of the guitar began to come into focus.

With Jimmy Page's Les Paul pyrotechnics as his inspiration, DJ began fervently practicing for hours on end in the suburban jungle of Southwestern Ohio. This newfound passion (combined with his complete lack of athletic prowess and physical coordination thus completely ruling out all sports) led him to form rock bands in junior high and high school. He grew to love the performance aspect of music and soon decided on it as a career path.

College led him to Nashville, Tennessee where he began to pursue a degree in Commercial Music at Belmont University. He also started another band and got his first professional theater gig the following summer. Since that summer, DJ has spent nearly every waking hour finding ways to play music and avoiding a real contribution to society in any other way.

He moved to Minneapolis after college, rocking out between theater gigs with his current rock band Brother Big Bad. He has now convinced the band to move to Nashville where music flows like water.

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