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Phil Keaggy Master Course

This master course will cover over 30 techniques and principles that have made Phil Keaggy one of the best guitarists on the planet.

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This master course will cover over 30 techniques and principles that have made Phil Keaggy one of the best guitarists on the planet.

Lessons in this Series:

Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Welcome to the Phil Keaggy Master Course! In this series introduction, Phil shows and tells us what we can expect from this course. Get ready for a wide range of styles, flavors, and techniques!

Length: 7:03 Difficulty: 0.0 Free Sample Lesson
Lesson 2

Interview with Phil

Phil sits down with JamPlay for a candid interview about himself and his playing.

Length: 7:25 Difficulty: 0.0 Member Only
Lesson 3

Tools, Career and :Advice

From nail care to reminiscing about his vast recording and touring career, Phil Keaggy discusses it all. He also shares advice for aspiring career musicians, talks about how his faith has influenced his playing, and sheds light on how to turn inspiration into creation!

Length: 23:23 Difficulty: 0.0 Member Only
Lesson 4

How to Practice

Phil shares his insights in to practicing, how he goes about it and provides anecdotes to help you practice more effectively.

Length: 3:13 Difficulty: 0.5 Member Only
Lesson 5

Where Inspiration Comes From

Phil discusses inspiration, where it's found and how you can take almost anything around you and use it to inspire your own creativity.

Length: 8:49 Difficulty: 0.5 Member Only
Lesson 6

Chord Voicing Variations

Phil is famous for his unique chord voicings. He loves the rich, somewhat dissonant colors he can achieve by exploring different ways to play chords. In this lesson, he shows us his approach to finding these unique tones.

Length: 8:50 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 7

Using Effects with Electric Guitar

Phil's use of effects in his sound is artistic in and of itself. In this lesson he demonstrates some of his signature effects. You'll get a clear idea of how he creates some of his legendary electric guitar sounds!

Length: 9:05 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 8

Adding Riffs to Chord Structures

In this lesson, we watch and learn as Phil takes a pretty routine and basic chord structure, and adds a little spice to it to make it a full blown riff!

Length: 3:51 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 9

Following Chords When Soloing

Unique chord progressions require unique note choices when soloing. Here, Phil strategically targets certain notes that work over an atypical chord progression.

Length: 6:06 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 10

Left Hand Chord Stretches

Getting those chord voicings that Phil talked about in a previous lesson requires a good bit of hand dexterity. In this lesson Phil gives us a challenging progression, along with some thoughts and exercises to get your hands to stretch for those wild chords!

Length: 7:46 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 11

Altered Tunings

Watch and learn as Phil not only uses an altered tuning in this song, but switches to another tuning in the middle of the piece!

Length: 6:01 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 12

Picking Hand Development

Phil is uniquely qualified to talk about picking hand development. Having endured many challenges in this area, Phil tells us his story of overcoming those challenges, and gives you a closeup look at some of his picking hand techniques.

Length: 8:26 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 13

Using Multiple Capos, Part 1

In this lesson, Phil demonstrates how he uses multiple capos to create specific moods and colors within songs. He then uses looping to create a fantastic piece that will have your head spinning and your foot tapping!

Length: 10:56 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 14

Using Multiple Capos, Part 2

If you've ever used a lever capo, you know they can be a mechanical, yet musical addition to the guitar. In this lesson, Phil demonstrates not one, but using two lever capos at the same time!

Length: 4:43 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 15

Do it For You: Fingerstyle Exercise

Phil teaches a descending line that incorporates a simple fingerstyle technique.

Length: 3:15 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 16

Cascading Fingerpicking

Phil offers up a cascading lick that functions as a great introduction to fingerstyle playing.

Length: 2:18 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 17

Morphies Law: Fingerstyle

Phil teaches a a folk-based fingerstyle line derived from his song Morphies Law.

Length: 4:26 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 18

Two Handed Tapping

Phil demonstrates the two handed tapping technique and discusses it's uses.

Length: 3:29 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 19

Farewell: Two-Hand Tapping

Phill offers up another piece that focuses on the two hand tapping technique. This time you'll be incorporating a capo at the same time.

Length: 2:37 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 20

Alternate Tunings and Time Signatures

Phil demonstrates and discusses his approach to using altered tunings and time signatures.

Length: 1:11 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 21

Alternate Tunings: DADGAD

Phil demonstrates and discusses his use of the DADGAD tuning.

Length: 2:46 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 22

Alternate Tunings: E, B, C#, G, B, E

Phil has another lesson and discussion on alternate tuning here. You'll be looking at examples in the tuning EBC#GBE.

Length: 3:11 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 23

Adaptations of an E Chord

Phil demonstrates and discusses the ability to move the basic E chord around the fretboard as a way to develop a song.

Length: 3:41 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 24

Looping - Reverse Effect

Phil demonstrates a simple walking line that, when reversed and looped, sounds like a traditional Irish flavored tune. He talks about how he discovered the reverse effect and plays chords and rhythm over the line that he has reversed.

Length: 2:39 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 25

Looping - One Man Band

Be the drummer, the bass player, the rhythm guitarist and the lead guy; do it all with a looper and a keen sense of how to weave parts together while giving them their own space. You’ll see a complete breakdown of how Phil builds his loops and lines, one step at a time! This is a gem of a...

Length: 3:53 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 26

Looping - Percussion

Zero in on acoustic guitar percussion techniques and ideas! Some of what you’ll see is conventional and some of it is downright wacky, but Phil brings it all together. Learn how to smack that guitar, use cut up credit cards, and create grooves that are easily looped. You’ll also see how...

Length: 8:45 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 27

Graceful Sweepy Bend

It’s bluesy and quirky. This lick played over an E dominant sound packs a lot into a little space with a tasteful sweep into an ‘on again off again’ bend that you can’t help but experiment with. Phil goes back and forth with his phrasing choices, works the beat and demonstrates ways...

Length: 3:52 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 28

Arpeggio With Style

The main run or arpeggio that Phil showcases here is based on a B minor sound and provides an excellent way to climb quickly and target that sweet spot note that the listener is aching to hear. You’ll hear it demonstrated as a fast flurry, ending inside slightly different contexts over the...

Length: 3:06 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 29

Pentatonic Animal

Phil blends classic pentatonic phrasing with a bit of an arpeggiated flare over an E minor sound. As demonstrated, the timing of the sequence over a groove can be felt out and tweaked quite a bit depending on the flavor of the overall lead. It’s played as a setup to a melody and as a blistering...

Length: 1:20 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 30

Bloomfield Style

Inspired by legendary 60s-era guitar playing from Michael Bloomfield, this passage is packed full of jazzy dorian fun! The main lick during the first 3 measures of the passage sets the mood and the motif, and then Phil masterfully demonstrates how to expand on the lick while retaining familiarity...

Length: 2:25 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 31

Riff With You

Phil offers up a spacious lick in the key of E that works well as an ending to a solo.

Length: 1:52 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 32

Souther Style

Phil discusses and demonstrates a passage originally adapted from Pianist Richard Souther.

Length: 2:37 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 33

Turn It Around

Phil teaches an unconventional blues turnaround centered in the key of E.

Length: 1:18 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 34

Falling Up the Stairs

Phil teaches a three note per string scale and feels like you're "Falling Up the Stairs."

Length: 2:49 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 35

Strongly Not Resolved

Knowing what to do with a diminished chord is not easy. In this lesson, Phil shows us how to set up a diminished chord that resolves nicely to another chord.

Length: 1:11 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 36

Coming Full Circle

This lick has a mellow, ascending sound that is all Phil. The dynamics of this are key to making it sound just right!

Length: 3:05 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 37

Back in Time

This riff is based around the good ol' pentatonic scale. While not as flashy as earlier licks, it has a nice flowing rhythm and descending nature that the ear immediately gravitates towards.

Length: 1:58 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 38

Stomp On This

Here's a classic Phil sounding lick. There's a swampy country-rock or southern-rock flavor to this one, and it will allow you to practice the intonation on your bends!

Length: 3:04 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 39

My World

This riff centers around the intervallic spacing of the rhythm guitar part. Then Phil loops the rhythm part and adds some very tasteful solo guitar lines. An all around great track!

Length: 3:58 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 40

Love Divine

This lesson contains a very Beatlesque rhythm part from Phil, along with an extremely catchy lead solo. See how you can do at both of these parts!

Length: 2:10 Difficulty: 3.5 Member Only
Lesson 41

Lord Have Mercy

Here’s a straightforward, swampy blues groove with a little flare. Set in the key of E, it’s perfectly positioned to take advantage of open strings both with an E drone and with numerous opportunities taken to pull off to key tones. The universal appeal of this lick is that you can use...

Length: 2:53 Difficulty: 5.0 Member Only
Lesson 42

Not Passing By

This passage nods its head to many classic riffs and is a perfect example of a lead-based riff that is working perfectly with target chords. In other words, you’ll be playing rhythm and lead at the same time when you learn to play this snippet of Phil’s. It’s also a great way to apply...

Length: 2:33 Difficulty: 5.0 Member Only
Lesson 43

Love Does Not Fear

Boogie on with this riff! Get in the groove over an E pedal tone and practice using the pentatonic scale to pull away from the bass note while maintaining the strong E presence and the boogie feel. This is another great example of combining strong rhythm and lead ideas into one lick.

Length: 1:52 Difficulty: 5.0 Member Only
Lesson 44

Not Nothin to Play

This is pure pentatonic lead riffage! It’s the attention to phrasing that makes it so juicy. You likely already know the notes. Hone in on Phil’s attention to detail as he walks down the A minor pentatonic scale.

Length: 2:47 Difficulty: 5.0 Member Only
Lesson 45

Fly on the wall

Volume swells, contemplative space, and chordal voice leading are among the many themes present in this phrase. Learn to put the chord patterns together first, then connect them with the subtle melody that joins them together.

Length: 3:47 Difficulty: 4.5 Member Only
Lesson 46

Live Event Archive

As a special treat we have included the archive of the Phil Keaggy Live Event. Join us as he demonstrates some of his favorite techniques, answers questions, and talks about his upcoming album.

Length: 73:02 Difficulty: 4.0 Member Only
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