Having roots in Folk, Celtic, and Gospel music, Country and Country Western evolved rapidly in the 1920's. This genre of music has spawned two of the top selling solo artists of all time. Elvis Presley, and Garth Brooks.
This short lesson will introduce you to the country style of playing and provide some necessary background information on how the genre got started.Length: 2:04 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
DJ gets to the roots of the country music genre with a lesson on Western Swing.Length: 5:50 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
In lesson 3, DJ teaches a short song called "Roly Poly." If you ever find yourself jamming in a country circuit, you'll need this one in your repertoire.Length: 5:22 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
DJ discusses the classic country style. He explains the rhythmic and structural differences between this style and western swing.Length: 6:30 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
With lesson 5, DJ starts to discuss elements of the modern country style. This includes the technique known as "Chicken Pickin'."Length: 12:59 Difficulty: 2.5 FREE
In this lesson, DJ discusses some of the finer points of the hybrid picking technique.Length: 15:05 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In this lesson, DJ begins to talk more in depth about modern electric country guitar. He starts with the western swing style.Length: 11:11 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 8 continues to cover the western swing style of electric country. Eldon Shamblin and his musical efforts are discussed further.Length: 13:42 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
This lesson covers the twin lead section of the song "Twin Guitar Boogie."Length: 17:59 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
DJ breaks down the second part of the twin lead solo from "Twin Guitar Boogie."Length: 14:57 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Finalizing his teaching on the Twin Guitar Boogie with emphasis on Eldon Shamblin, DJ brings you this lesson on the guitar solo.Length: 21:55 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 12 covers all the techniques involved in the previous lessons on the Twin Guitar Boogie.Length: 7:21 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
DJ takes the techniques he discussed in lesson 12 and helps you create a solo over a standard country rhythm.Length: 17:33 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 14 delves into the realm of fingerpicking.Length: 17:44 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In lesson 15 DJ demonstrates the techniques used by Merle Travis to build a solo, and improvisation technique.Length: 12:15 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 16 starts a 3 part series on Arthur Smith's "Guitar Boogie."Length: 47:42 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In lesson 17, DJ completes his note for note demonstration of "Guitar Boogie."Length: 30:39 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In this lesson, DJ takes a look at some of the country guitar concepts used in the song "Guitar Boogie."Length: 16:13 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
In this lesson, DJ teaches the song "Whistle Stop" by legendary guitarist Jimmy Bryant.Length: 19:41 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
DJ demonstrates the song "Yodeling Guitar" by Jimmy Bryant.Length: 32:25 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
DJ teaches the song "Joy Ride" as performed by Jimmy Bryant.Length: 30:37 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Now that DJ has covered "Whistle Stop" and "Joy Ride," he'll be looking at some of the concepts used to play these songs.Length: 23:05 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
This lesson covers the tune Got a Lot of Rhythm which features the playing of Hank Garland.Length: 10:30 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In lesson 24, DJ takes a look at an Elvis Presley song "I Need Your Love Tonight."Length: 19:55 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In lesson 25, DJ continues his in depth look at Hank Garland's playing with a demonstration of Sugarfoot Rag.Length: 32:43 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
DJ takes a look at "Walkin' the Floor" by classic country guitarist Leon Rhodes.Length: 29:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
DJ Phillips teaches the progression, structure and melody of the song "Honey Fingers."Length: 35:30 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
In lesson 28, DJ demonstrates the entire guitar solo for the song "Honey Fingers."Length: 27:13 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Looking back on the lessons on Leon Rhodes' playing, DJ offers up a lesson on applying the new concepts.Length: 11:49 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
DJ discusses the tic-tac techniques used by Johnny Cash guitarist Luther Perkins.Length: 18:53 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Looking at guitarist Luther Perkins, DJ helps you to apply the tic-tac rhythms in your playing.Length: 7:34 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
DJ returns to his country lesson series to profile legendary country guitarist James Burton! In the first lesson of this mini-series, DJ takes a look at open string licks that are common in James' playing.Length: 16:34 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
DJ is back with the second lesson in his James Burton mini series. For this one, DJ takes a look at how James Burton started the Tele sound with the use of hybrid picking and chicken pickin'.Length: 13:21 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
In lesson 34 of his country series, DJ is expanding on his look at James Burton. In this lesson you'll be taking a look at double stop and partial chord concepts utilized by this country great!Length: 12:40 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
To finalize the concepts and techniques portion of his mini-series on James Burton, DJ offers up a look at bending technique.Length: 11:57 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Now that you have all the lick based elements and concepts under your belt, it's time to apply them. In lesson 36, DJ plays all of the licks you've learned with a backing track.Length: 4:50 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
About DJ Phillips
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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.
DJ is elated to be a part of JamPlay and is thankful for everyone's warm welcome and says "Now, let's ROCK, people."
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