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Style of Keith Urban

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

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In the Style of Keith Urban lesson series, DJ takes an in depth look at the playing style and tendencies of this country music star. Taking a lick based approach, DJ breaks apart Keith's melodic, chordal and harmonic tendencies, while also covering main stay techniques like chickin' pickin' and bending common to the country genre. He'll also dissect Keith's tone and instrument setups.

Lessons in this Series:

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 Sample Lesson
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 own country playing.

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

Harmonizing

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 Member Only
Lesson 4

Bending

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 and specifically by Keith Urban.

Length: 25:42 Difficulty: 3.0 Member 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 skill within modern country music.

Length: 21:17 Difficulty: 2.5 Member 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 Member 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 Member 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 Member 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 approach techniques.

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

Tone

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 Member Only
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