Style of Keith Urban

Artist Series Guitar Course from DJ Phillips

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

10 Lessons

Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.

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Full Course Breakdown

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.

Begin the Course
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.

8:48 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty

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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.

25:34 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

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.

21:01 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

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.

25:42 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

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.

21:17 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

6

Chicken Pickin', Pops and Snaps

In this lesson DJ dissects some of the more percussive techniques utilized by Keith Urban in his playing.

20:33 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

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.

14:40 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

8

Rock and Blues Influence

In this lesson, DJ demonstrates rock and blues licks that Keith Urban likes to throw into his playing.

9:34 Runtime

0.0 Difficulty

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.

10:37 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

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.

5:53 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty

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  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Playing since 1997
  • 195 lessons at JamPlay
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."
Reviews & Feedback 42/100 with 24 ratings
martinvaz7

Great tune, mmmmm but wheres the supplemental stuff for this song.