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Phil Keaggy Master Class

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  • 46 Lessons in HD
  • 4 Hours, 48 Minutes
  • 54 Pages of Tabs
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Phil Keaggy

The Master Course: Guitar Lessons from Phil Keaggy

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Take the opportunity to explore a Master Course from one of the best musicians to grace the guitar. A JamPlay.com exclusive, this 46 lesson course will cover the songs, techniques, and styles that have defined the history of Phil Keaggy. With 45 years of touring and 70+ studio albums, Phil is one of the most admired guitarists in music.

Mark Griffin

I've been waiting 30 years for an opportunity to hear these cool insights from Phil. What an amazing guitarist and person!

Ken Volpe

You guys did an excellent job. Lots of great elements for a guitarist to work on... A must have for any Keaggy fan.

Warren Harding

..I have been very impressed by the course content, video quality, and insight... I highly recommend this video series.

Derek Whitworth

Absolutely fantastic! Phil is and has been a master in his skill for many years and I am blessed to be able to learn from him.

About this Course

45 guitar lessons from Phil Keaggy in high definition with full supplemental material, guitar pro files and tabs. This course is the singular answer to over 40 years of experience with step-by-step exercises and explanations. This JamPlay exclusive allows you to travel inside the mind of a pioneering musician for writing songs, developing melodies and much, much more.

JamPlay Exclusive

If you are a Phil Keaggy fan, this course was designed for you. Engineered to cover everything from acoustic rhythms and melodies, to electric guitar effects and leads, we cover the signature styles of Mr. Keaggy. Phil covers:

  • Church Rhythms to Rock Leads
  • Developing Melodies and Lead Lines
  • Fingerpicking and Tapping
  • Loops, Delays and Pedals
  • Learn Phil Signature Licks
  • Harnessing Your Musical Creativity
  • and much, much more...

Musical Insights

Phil is a master at creating melodies and hooks. A central objective of this course to pass this ability onto you, allowing you to translate the music in your head.. to the instrument.

What You Receive

Purchase this course and own it for life, or become a JamPlay Member for streaming access. Ownership allows you to both stream the course online, or save videos and tabs to all of your devices with no active subscription required.

All Files, All Content

Save all files with full supplemental material to make your practice sessions more effective. You will receive:

  • 46 Lessons in HD (4 hours, 48 minutes)
  • Video files in 1080p Quality
  • Notation and Tabs (PDF, Guitar Pro)
  • Practice Exercises and Examples
  • Master Course PDF

Our lessons are filmed in 4k with 6 cameras for accurate, beauitful video quality and delivered to you in 1080p, MP4 video.

45 Guitar Lessons from Phil Keaggy

45 Lessons

From church rhythms to writing melodies, this is the answer to 40 years of experience.

1080p Video Quality

1080p Video

Filmed in 4k with 6 cameras and delivered to you in high definition, 1080p video.

Live Master Class Included

Live Master Class

Live performance and Master Class from Phil included with purchase (recorded 6/15).

Tabs Included

Tabs & Info

Each lesson comes with full documentation, with 53 total supplemental helpers.

Guitar Tabs in Guitar Pro (.gpx) Format

Guitar Pro Files

All tabs and music notation are provided in both PDF and Guitar Pro formats.

Lessons in this Master Course

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45 Lessons. 4 Hours, 54 minutes of video.

1

INTERVIEW WITH PHIL

Learn about Phil’s musical history and roots as well as hear stories from his childhood, including key moments that shaped him both personally and professionally. Hearing how Phil’s journey of music and faith have run together sheds light on his prolific writing.

2

TOOLS, CAREER AND ADVICE 23:23

From nail care to reminiscing about his vast 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!

3

HOW TO PRACTICE 3:13

This video addresses one of the most common questions guitar players have. Phil shares his insights on how to effectively practice and tells several stories about memorable practice sessions he's had throughout his guitar playing journey.

4

WHERE INSPIRATION COMES FROM 8:49

It takes practice to be able to look at different things in life as inspiration for your music. A beautiful painting, a landscape or a relationship could be a reason to write a song, but even an emotion or a single word could result in a song if you channel the energy right.

5

SIGNATURE ELECTRIC GUITAR EFFECTS9:05

Using a passage over the progression from the last lesson, Phil demonstrates some of the signature effects to craft his sound. You will hear examples of octave pedals, looping, reverse effects, reverb and delay as well as a special way to implement swells into your playing.

6

CHORD VOICING VARIATIONS 8:50

Basic chords have gone a long way in popular music and they are relatively easy to learn and implement. In this lesson, Phil uses an example based on a classic original instrumental passage, to show how basic chords within a progression can be embellished melodically.

7

ADDING RIFFS TO CHORD STRUCTURE 3:51

See and hear how an extremely basic groove can be turned into a memorable instrumental hook by adding riffs. Phil demonstrates the basic groove and riffs that make it interesting while developing the skill of being able to spruce things up with strategic licks and riffs.

8

FOLLOWING CHORDS WHEN SOLOING 6:06

Take a simple chord progression and see how Phil targets notes to create melody. Coming up with interesting music can be one of the most challenging aspects, but Phil's approach of playing from the heart and seeking out notes that have a large emotional payoff is a vital concept.

9

LEFT HAND CHORD STRETCHES 7:46

Do you feel like your hands don't move like you want them to? Phil offers a challenging chord progression and basic chords that not only sound beautiful, but also whip your hands into shape. He'll also share ways to embellish the chords further with moving lines.

10

ALTERED TUNINGS 6:01

See how Phil implements both C minor and C major tunings in one musical example. You will be inspired to create melodies and chord forms in each tuning as well as be able to switch back and forth between the major and minor sound in an artistic way.

11

PICKING HAND DEVELOPMENT 8:26

Start out by hearing about the accident that lost Phil his middle finger. Then he will share how he overcame the physical challenges to develop technique that is not only musical, but uniquely his own. You will get a zoomed in look at Phil's right hand technique.

12

USING MULTIPLE CAPOS: PART 1 10:56

Using one capo to change keys or create a slightly different sounds is relatively straightforward. Knowing how to use multiple capos is a different story. Some have cut outs and different sizes. Then throw in subtle alternate tunings, and your head can really start to spin!

13

USING MULTIPLE CAPOS: PART 2 4:43

Phil demonstrates the creative use of a lever capo that allows for the dynamic change of which notes the capo holds down. You will see how to set up a typical application for the lever capo and hear a simple melodic example of how it can be incorporated into a song.

14

DO IT FOR YOU 3:15

Join us to learn a catchy descending line that incorporates a simple fingerstyle technique. Then you will learn a harmony that can be played right along with the original line. For added fun, use a looper and play the original line followed by the harmony!

15

CASCADING FINGERPICKING 2:18

This three finger picking pattern, combined with the chord voicings and the bass line Phil chooses, will be great entry into the world of fingerstyle. You will find that this exercise rolls off of the fingers of both hands and also helps to develop a moving sense of melody.

16

MORPHIES LAW: FINGERSTYLE 4:26

Learn a folk-based fingerstyle example that uses subtle right hand percussive touches. The chord forms are simple enough to hone in on what the picking hand is doing. You will be learning a real-world passage that helps develop this often imitated fingerpicking style.

17

TWO-HAND TAPPING 3:29

Phil's percussive two-hand tapping has inspired countless guitarists over the decades. Learn how to use multiple techniques at once. This is comprised of right hand slapping, legato playing, and single note movement played by the right hand while the left hand sets up the chord bed.

18

FAREWELL: TWO-HAND TAPPING 2:37

Continue with some of the ideas introduced in the last lesson, but this time you will get to use a capo, an alternate tuning, and move a little faster in general. The positioning of the tapping hand is slightly different with a capo, and targeting the harmonics requires attention.

19

ALTERNATE TUNINGS & TIME SIGNATURES 1:11

Phil discusses his approach to using alternate tunings as well as odd time signatures. He also promotes happy accidents while experimenting on the guitar. He never sets out to write in a tuning or signature, but does whatever necessary to get what is in his head to his guitar.

20

ALTERNATE TUNINGS: DADGAD 2:46

Keeping with the theme of alternate tunings and happy accidents, Phil shares a simple riff that he stumbled upon when he thought a guitar was in standard tuning while it was actually in DADGAD. Phil demonstrates the riff in both tunings and discusses inspiration.

21

ALTERNATE TUNINGS: E, B, C#, G, B, E 3:11

Sometimes all it takes is changing one string to create a whole new sound! Phil shares a short fingerpicking passage based on one of his songs to illustrate how versatile of a composition tool altering one string can actually be.

22

ADAPTATIONS OF AN E CHORD 3:41

Working with essentially one chord while moving the bass notes around can be a creative way to develop an idea for a song. You will learn an example of this technique and hear a lot of ways the E chord can be adapted to make some fresh sounds.

23

LOOPING: REVERSE EFFECT 2:39

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.

24

LOOPING: ONE MAN BAND 3:53

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 will see a complete breakdown of how Phil builds his loops and lines, one step at a time!

25

LOOPING: PERCUSSION 8:45

Zero in on acoustic guitar percussion techniques and ideas! Some of what you will 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.

26

GRACEFUL SWEEPY BEND 3:52

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.

27

ARPEGGIO WITH STYLE 3:06

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 will hear it demonstrated as a fast flurry, ending inside.

28

PENTATONIC ANIMAL 1:20

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. .

29

BLOOMFIELD STYLE 2:25

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.

30

RIFF WITH YOU 1:52

This spacious, non-linear lick is soothing to the ears. It takes place over a sitting E major chord. It can work especially nicely as an end to a thoughtful solo, but Phil uses it with a variety of other tasty phrases to illustrate the versatility.

31

SOUTHER STYLE 2:37

This lick was adapted from piano, specifically from pianist Richard Souther. It's a rolling, sweeping arpeggio based initially off of a C Major 7th sound. It's taste comes from the pauses after each sweep. It allows space to take in the chord tones over the Major 7th sound.

32

TURN IT AROUND 1:18

If you're in need of a great, unconventional sounding blues turnaround in E, look no further. The flurry of hammer-ons and pull-offs is nicely laid a half-step up from the root diminished chord before returning. This lick is best played without a set tempo (rubato).

33

FALLING UP THE STAIRS 2:49

It's time to pull out the highly effective 3-note-per-string scale. Get ready to tackle this appropriately titled blur of notes. Starting squarely on an A, Phil creates an uneasy feeling not only with the speed, but by targeting the 5th after the otherwise linear run.

34

STRONGLY NOT RESOLVED 1:11

Do you ever wonder what to do with a diminished chord? Learn how to beautifully set up a G# diminished sound that will eventually resolve to an A. If you're nice to your listeners, that is. Phil isn't so kind in this case. It's licks like this that give the ears some real candy!

35

COMING FULL CIRCLE 3:05

This sample is slow and laid back. Notice the subtle nature of each note, as that is the key to this segment's magic. Notice Phil's great care to play well, especially from the quietly presented bent note. The climbing part of the line grows dynamically.

36

BACK IN TIME 1:58

Here's some good old-fashioned pentatonic riffing in A. It's played slowly as a motif in this example, but the phrasing can be adapted and subdivided in a nice 'solo' context as well. This phrasing is a perfect way to tie some of the earlier licks together.

37

STOMP ON THIS 3:04

This is classic a Phil Keaggy melody and hook at its core. There's a delightful country-rock flavor. You will get nice and familiar with getting your bending intonation spot on! For best results, play on a guitar with a hard tail bridge.

38

MY WORLD 3:58

Set the foundation with some rhythmic interval playing and then take some cues from Phil on how to solo over the riff. The main lick is focused on the rhythmic playing at the beginning of the figure, but offers many ideas as to how to make the melody shine over the motif.

39

LOVE DIVINE 2:10

Shamelessly inspired by the Beatles, the rhythm part will have you lovin' and groovin'. Get in the zone with the walking bass line rhythm part first. Then, record your own version of it, or play along and try your hand at soloing over it using some of Phil's ideas.

40

LORD HAVE MERCY 2:53

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. The universal appeal of this lick is that you can use parts of when riffing over any E blues song.

41

NOT PASSING BY 2:33

This passage nods its head to many classic riffs, and is an example of a lead-based riff that works perfectly with target chords. In other words, you will be playing rhythm and lead at the same time when you learn to play this!

42

LOVE DOES NOT FEAR 1:52

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. This is another example of combining strong rhythm and lead into a lick.

43

NOT NOTHIN' TO PLAY 2:47

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.

44

FLY ON THE WALL 3:47

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.

45

LIVE MASTER CLASS REPLAY 3:47

Phil joined us in-studio for a one-time, live master class and performance on Thursday, June 15th. This was a day of interaction, song performance, and lectures from one of the top players in the world. Enjoy the full replay of this event, which includes a variety of great questions from the audience, along with various song performances from his career.

Rated 4.9 of 5

Feedback and reviews from our audience (9 reviews), current JamPlay Subscribers or purchasers of this course.

Ken Volpe
A must have for any Keaggy fan. August 8th, 2017
5/5

You guys did an excellent job. Lots of great elements for a guitarist to work on. Also, lots of great footage of Phil's live perforamnce in a very relaxed setting. Great camera angles and super high quality. A must have for any Keaggy fan.

Derek Whitworth
Absolutely fantastic! August 11th, 2017
5/5

Phil is and has been a master in his skill for many years and I am blessed to be able to learn from him. Thank you Phil for your willingness to teach us just learning how to give glory to Jesus with the beautiful tool of music with the guitar.

Jim Oswald
Perfect! August 6th, 2017
5/5

I'm so glad how Jesus and Phil Keaggy have influenced my playing. I've always wanted to jam with both so this course makes that possible. With Phil sharing decades of his how's and whys helps old timers like me to not have hit tape rewind a million times to learn.

Mark Griffin
What an amazing guitarist and person! August 7th, 2017
5/5

I've been waiting 30 years for an opportunity to hear these cool insights from Phil. What an amazing guitarist and person! Thank you!

Mark Breton
..been waiting years for this information. August 1th, 2017
4/5

I love it. I have been waiting so many years for this information. I wish there were more licks transcribed... not all of it was.

Bill Talajkowski
Love and humility shines through. August 4th, 2017
5/5

Just starting. Love learning about God's servant. Love and humility shines through. Hoping to get a few licks under my belt soon.

Warren Harding
I highly recommend this video series. July 30th, 2017
5/5

..I have been very impressed by the course content, video quality, and insight into Phil's personal life.

CJ Friend
A master musician. July 28th, 2017
5/5

Great, great course from a master musician.

Bob Fullen
Love it July 27th, 2017
5/5

Love it really enjoy listening to Phil great music.

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