Interview With Kaki King (Guitar Lesson)


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Interview With Kaki King

To start off her artist series with JamPlay, Kaki King sits down with the JamPlay staff for an exclusive interview.

Taught by Kaki King in Lessons With Kaki King seriesLength: 38:16Difficulty: 0.5 of 5


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ktrockktrock replied on July 9th, 2013

When I first joined JamPlay I thought I recognized Kaki's name. Her song Falling Day has been on the radio.

costeffcosteff replied on December 20th, 2012

Damn you're cute Kaki

cstewart000cstewart000 replied on January 30th, 2012

Kaki. You are really setting a great example for other musicians. I would love to see some more lessons from artists of your quality. take note Jamplay!

cstewart000cstewart000 replied on January 30th, 2012

by the way, I wrote this tooo early! Nice of you to mention Jack White. Get him in the studio!

tomhitttomhitt replied on December 29th, 2011

Enjoyed the interview- cool insights. Also hit a few youtube vids, really like your playing! I'm addicted to alt tunings, looking forward to working through some of your lessons, thanks!! ~Tom Hitt~ http://tomhitt.com

tomhitttomhitt replied on December 29th, 2011

Enjoyed the interview- cool insights. Also hit a few youtube vids, really like your playing! I'm addicted to alt tunings, looking forward to working through some of your lessons, thanks!! ~Tom Hitt~ http://tomhitt.com

mattbrownmattbrown replied on March 2nd, 2010

Welcome to the site, Kaki! I've always enjoyed your music. Can't wait to see more lessons!

marcelo80marcelo80 replied on March 1st, 2010

Yes!!! This is awesome. Huge fan of all your music! This was really interesting... especially hearing about the different tunings. We're going to get lessons also? If so, can't wait!!

jboothjbooth replied on March 2nd, 2010

There's 30 or so lessons filmed right now which will begin going up over the coming months, and we believe Kaki wishes to do another shoot later this year.

William.BriggsWilliam.Briggs replied on March 1st, 2010

Incredible talent. I can't wait for your series to start............Yep still waiting.........Nope not leaving until it starts.......darn it's not here yet. Well I'll keep my eyes open 'cause I know it's going to be great!

chrisgoldbergchrisgoldberg replied on February 28th, 2010

Very excited to see Kaki King here on Jamplay. This should be a great series.

raelzraelz replied on February 28th, 2010

Good interview and even better music. The whole last album of yours is magnificent! I was just wondering, is the theme that has been introduced throughout the interview from some song of yours?

jenningsjennings replied on February 28th, 2010

how can you play for 25 yrs--you look25--are you bragging with all your accomplishments??? just joking-just joking--your great!!!!

ronin808ronin808 replied on February 28th, 2010

welcome aboard!

gvanausdlegvanausdle replied on February 28th, 2010

I like how your musical experience is your own. You started in school, learned the drum etc. and it is interesting how you like classical music. All this defines a persons musically, just as life experiences defines who we are. I look forward to your lessons.

SylviaSylvia replied on February 27th, 2010

I am so excited, such a completely delightful person and wonderful music. Welcome Kaki

tammy7689tammy7689 replied on February 27th, 2010

great interview!!....welcome to jamplay kaki....cant wait for the lessons!!

J.artmanJ.artman replied on February 27th, 2010

Welcome to Jamplay Kaki! You are a very beautiful guitar player. I'm not gonna lie, I'm not very familiar with your music but I've heard some of your music before. You have a unique style though, and I really like that in guitarists. Again, welcome and I can't wait to see more of your lessons

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied on February 27th, 2010

She's AWESOME!

currannicurranni replied on February 27th, 2010

i cant believe you got kaki king for lessons well done lads

mkorsmomkorsmo replied on February 27th, 2010

That was really cool. Thanks!

jynxxjynxx replied on February 26th, 2010

Awsome interview, I can't wait for more lessons!! :)

Lessons With Kaki King

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Renowned guitarist Kaki King teaches musicality, altered tunings and percussive elements in her artist series.



Lesson 1

Interview With Kaki King

To start off her artist series with JamPlay, Kaki King sits down with the JamPlay staff for an exclusive interview.

Length: 38:16 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Percussive Techniques

Kaki King explains how to use the guitar as a percussive instrument.

Length: 7:26 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Altering One String

Kaki King discusses changing your tuning by one note, or one half step to open up new possibilities.

Length: 7:37 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

Keeping A Backbeat

Kaki King explains how to keep a rhythmic backbeat on your guitar.

Length: 9:47 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Fingerpicking Variations

In lesson 5, Kaki demonstrates how you can use variations on fingerpicking patterns to spice up your playing.

Length: 8:37 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Left and Right Hand Relationship

In lesson 6, Kaki discusses how the left and right hands can work together or independently of each other to create different timbres.

Length: 6:04 Difficulty: 2.0 FREE
Lesson 7

5/4 Time Signature

Kaki King demonstrates how to count and play the 5/4 time signature. She demonstrates how she uses this odd meter in her own playing.

Length: 9:37 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Two Handed Tapping

Kaki King discusses and demonstrates a two handed tapping technique for acoustic and electric guitar.

Length: 8:18 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 9

Single Note Tapping

Kaki King demonstrates single note tapping on the electric guitar.

Length: 6:09 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Pinky Development

Kaki King discusses the importance of the left hand pinky. She provides several strength building exercises.

Length: 6:34 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 11

Muted Strumming

Kaki King demonstrates how muted strumming can be used to create dynamics and depth in your playing.

Length: 10:52 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 12

Song Writing

Kaki discusses the differences between a song and an instrumental tune and how they relate to playing guitar. She goes over some techniques that will help you write either instrumental or lyric based...

Length: 6:36 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 13

Altered Tunings

Kaki King discusses some of the reasons why you may want to experiment with altered tunings.

Length: 8:23 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 14

Combining Hands

Kaki King provides an exercise that combines a tapped bass line in the left hand and a tapped chord in the right hand.

Length: 5:32 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 15

Combining Elements

Kaki King takes a look at a few excerpts that combine most of the techniques she uses. The combination of hammer-ons, pull-offs, altered tunings and fingerstyle techniques create a sound that is unmistakably...

Length: 9:49 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 16

Musicality and the Music Business

Kaki King provides a monologue about musicality and how it relates to the music industry. She talks about uniqueness, labels, and record contracts.

Length: 19:15 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 17

Over Neck Tapping #1

Kaki uses her song "Carmine St." as a basis to teach over the neck bass tapping. This technique is not purely for show! Learn some practical applications in this lesson.

Length: 8:27 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 18

Combining the Right Hand and Over the Neck Tapping

Kaki King takes another look at over the neck tapping. This time you'll add right hand fingerstyle technique into the mix. Once again, excerpts are taken from "Carmine St."

Length: 4:58 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 19

False Harmonics

Kaki King demonstrates how she uses "false" or artificial harmonics in her playing. She discusses where it might be appropriate to inject this technique into your own playing.

Length: 8:27 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 20

Tapped Bass Lines

Kaki King discusses how to create tapped bass lines using the over the neck tapping technique. This skill is usually associated with Michael Hedges' playing.

Length: 6:38 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 21

Basic Over-Neck Tapping

Kaki King provides a lesson an exercise to acquaint you with the process of over the neck-tapping. She slowly introduces strumming hand elements as a discussion on creating rhythmic movement between the...

Length: 9:04 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 22

Overcoming a Rut

In her 22nd lesson with JamPlay, Kaki King discusses plateaus and ruts. She talks about what she does to overcome these obstacles to her playing and how you might benefit from putting the guitar down...

Length: 8:00 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 23

Signature Riff

In lesson 23 of her artist series, Kaki King demonstrates a signature riff that she uses for transitional purposes. This riff will also help you build dexterity and strength in your fretting hand.

Length: 5:51 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only

About Kaki King View Full Biography Kaki King (born Katherine Elizabeth King) was born in Atlanta, Georgia on August 24th, 1979. Showing early aptitude for music, Kaki was initially introduced to guitar and soon after the drums. Kaki has been active in the music industry since around 2001. Her first studio album, Everybody Loves You, was released on Velour Records in 2003. Since that time Kaki has released four additional records with another due out later this year (2010). She has quest appeared on the Foo Fighter's album Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace, as well as contributing to film scores such as August Rush. Kaki was named in February of 2006 a "Guitar God" by Rolling Stone Magazine. Other notable accomplishments include a Golden Globe nomination for Best Original Score for music from "Into the Wild."

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