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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Kaki's Contributions to JamPlay.com

Kaki King has 28 videos at JamPlay, with 5 song lessons and 23 lessons in our Artist Series. Use the tabs below to learn more.

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Lessons With Kaki King

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

Lesson 1

Interview With Kaki...

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

Length: 38:16
Lesson 2

Percussive Techniques

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

Length: 7:26
Lesson 3

Altering One String

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

Length: 7:37
Lesson 4

Keeping A Backbeat

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

Length: 9:47
Lesson 5

Fingerpicking Variations

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

Length: 8:37
Lesson 6

Left and Right Hand...

In lesson 6, Kaki discusses how the left and right hands can work together or independently...

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Lesson 7

5/4 Time Signature

Kaki King demonstrates how to count and play the 5/4 time signature. She demonstrates...

Length: 9:37
Lesson 8

Two Handed Tapping

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

Length: 8:18
Lesson 9

Single Note Tapping

Kaki King demonstrates single note tapping on the electric guitar.

Length: 6:09
Lesson 10

Pinky Development

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

Length: 6:34
Lesson 11

Muted Strumming

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

Length: 10:52
Lesson 12

Song Writing

Kaki discusses the differences between a song and an instrumental tune and how they relate...

Length: 6:36
Lesson 13

Altered Tunings

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

Length: 8:23
Lesson 14

Combining Hands

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

Length: 5:32
Lesson 15

Combining Elements

Kaki King takes a look at a few excerpts that combine most of the techniques she uses....

Length: 9:49
Lesson 16

Musicality and the Music...

Kaki King provides a monologue about musicality and how it relates to the music industry....

Length: 19:15
Lesson 17

Over Neck Tapping #1

Kaki uses her song "Carmine St." as a basis to teach over the neck bass tapping. This...

Length: 8:27
Lesson 18

Combining the Right...

Kaki King takes another look at over the neck tapping. This time you'll add right hand...

Length: 4:58
Lesson 19

False Harmonics

Kaki King demonstrates how she uses "false" or artificial harmonics in her playing. She...

Length: 8:27
Lesson 20

Tapped Bass Lines

Kaki King discusses how to create tapped bass lines using the over the neck tapping technique....

Length: 6:38
Lesson 21

Basic Over-Neck Tapping

Kaki King provides a lesson an exercise to acquaint you with the process of over the neck-tapping....

Length: 9:04
Lesson 22

Overcoming a Rut

In her 22nd lesson with JamPlay, Kaki King discusses plateaus and ruts. She talks about...

Length: 8:00
Lesson 23

Signature Riff

In lesson 23 of her artist series, Kaki King demonstrates a signature riff that she uses...

Length: 5:51