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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.

Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Welcome to the Phil Keaggy Master Course! In this series introduction, Phil shows and...

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Lesson 2

Interview with Phil

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

Length: 7:25
Lesson 3

Tools, Career and :Advice

From nail care to reminiscing about his vast recording and touring career, Phil Keaggy...

Length: 23:23
Lesson 4

How to Practice

Phil shares his insights in to practicing, how he goes about it and provides anecdotes...

Length: 3:13
Lesson 5

Where Inspiration Comes...

Phil discusses inspiration, where it's found and how you can take almost anything around...

Length: 8:49
Lesson 6

Chord Voicing Variations

Phil is famous for his unique chord voicings. He loves the rich, somewhat dissonant colors...

Length: 8:50
Lesson 7

Using Effects with Electric...

Phil's use of effects in his sound is artistic in and of itself. In this lesson he demonstrates...

Length: 9:05
Lesson 8

Adding Riffs to Chord...

In this lesson, we watch and learn as Phil takes a pretty routine and basic chord structure,...

Length: 3:51
Lesson 9

Following Chords When...

Unique chord progressions require unique note choices when soloing. Here, Phil strategically...

Length: 6:06
Lesson 10

Left Hand Chord Stretches

Getting those chord voicings that Phil talked about in a previous lesson requires a good...

Length: 7:46
Lesson 11

Altered Tunings

Watch and learn as Phil not only uses an altered tuning in this song, but switches to...

Length: 6:01
Lesson 12

Picking Hand Development

Phil is uniquely qualified to talk about picking hand development. Having endured many...

Length: 8:26
Lesson 13

Using Multiple Capos,...

In this lesson, Phil demonstrates how he uses multiple capos to create specific moods...

Length: 10:56
Lesson 14

Using Multiple Capos,...

If you've ever used a lever capo, you know they can be a mechanical, yet musical addition...

Length: 4:43
Lesson 15

Do it For You: Fingerstyle...

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

Length: 3:15
Lesson 16

Cascading Fingerpicking

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

Length: 2:18
Lesson 17

Morphies Law: Fingerstyle

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

Length: 4:26
Lesson 18

Two Handed Tapping

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

Length: 3:29
Lesson 19

Farewell: Two-Hand...

Phill offers up another piece that focuses on the two hand tapping technique. This time...

Length: 2:37
Lesson 20

Alternate Tunings and...

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

Length: 1:11
Lesson 21

Alternate Tunings: ...

Phil demonstrates and discusses his use of the DADGAD tuning.

Length: 2:46
Lesson 22

Alternate Tunings: ...

Phil has another lesson and discussion on alternate tuning here. You'll be looking at...

Length: 3:11
Lesson 23

Adaptations of an E...

Phil demonstrates and discusses the ability to move the basic E chord around the fretboard...

Length: 3:41
Lesson 24

Looping - Reverse Effect

Phil demonstrates a simple walking line that, when reversed and looped, sounds like a...

Length: 2:39
Lesson 25

Looping - One Man Band

Be the drummer, the bass player, the rhythm guitarist and the lead guy; do it all with...

Length: 3:53
Lesson 26

Looping - Percussion

Zero in on acoustic guitar percussion techniques and ideas! Some of what you’ll see...

Length: 8:45
Lesson 27

Looping - Percussion

Zero in on acoustic guitar percussion techniques and ideas! Some of what you’ll see...

Length: 8:45
Lesson 28

Graceful Sweepy Bend

It’s bluesy and quirky. This lick played over an E dominant sound packs a lot into a...

Length: 3:52
Lesson 29

Arpeggio With Style

The main run or arpeggio that Phil showcases here is based on a B minor sound and provides...

Length: 3:06
Lesson 30

Pentatonic Animal

Phil blends classic pentatonic phrasing with a bit of an arpeggiated flare over an E minor...

Length: 1:20
Lesson 31

Bloomfield Style

Inspired by legendary 60s-era guitar playing from Michael Bloomfield, this passage is...

Length: 2:25
Lesson 32

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
Lesson 33

Souther Style

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

Length: 2:37
Lesson 34

Turn It Around

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

Length: 1:18
Lesson 35

Falling Up the Stairs

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

Length: 2:49
Lesson 36

Strongly Not Resolved

Knowing what to do with a diminished chord is not easy. In this lesson, Phil shows us...

Length: 1:11
Lesson 37

Coming Full Circle

This lick has a mellow, ascending sound that is all Phil. The dynamics of this are key...

Length: 3:05
Lesson 38

Back in Time

This riff is based around the good ol' pentatonic scale. While not as flashy as earlier...

Length: 1:58
Lesson 39

Stomp On This

Here's a classic Phil sounding lick. There's a swampy country-rock or southern-rock flavor...

Length: 3:04
Lesson 40

My World

This riff centers around the intervallic spacing of the rhythm guitar part. Then Phil...

Length: 3:58
Lesson 41

Love Divine

This lesson contains a very Beatlesque rhythm part from Phil, along with an extremely...

Length: 2:10
Lesson 42

Lord Have Mercy

Here’s a straightforward, swampy blues groove with a little flare. Set in the key of...

Length: 2:53
Lesson 43

Not Passing By

This passage nods its head to many classic riffs and is a perfect example of a lead-based...

Length: 2:33
Lesson 44

Love Does Not Fear

Boogie on with this riff! Get in the groove over an E pedal tone and practice using the...

Length: 1:52
Lesson 45

Not Nothin to Play

This is pure pentatonic lead riffage! It’s the attention to phrasing that makes it so...

Length: 2:47
Lesson 46

Fly on the wall

Volume swells, contemplative space, and chordal voice leading are among the many themes...

Length: 3:47
Lesson 47

Live Event Archive

As a special treat we have included the archive of the Phil Keaggy Live Event. Join us...

Length: 73:02
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Learn more About Phil Keaggy

Phil Keaggy is perhaps one of the most admired guitarists in music today. His fans range from those who aspire just to be able to play Keaggy's mistakes, to professional musicians who have been strongly influenced by his style. And in between are those who don't play guitar, yet find solace in his beautifully penned lyrics and memorable melodies.

Phil's solo career has spanned more than 40 years, and has included over 60 solo albums, both vocal and instrumental, 8 releases with his band, Glass Harp, as well as numerous duets and trio albums. One of the most sought after studio guitarists, Phil also continues to sell out concerts all over the United States, with his ever-changing style, ranging from rock-and-roll to fully orchestrated instrumental compositions.

Born on March 23, 1951 in Youngstown, OH, the ninth of ten children, Phil grew up in a home filled with music. On Phil's 10th birthday, his brother, Dave returned home with a Sears Silvertone guitar. That's when the magic began.

Phil spent most of his younger days involved in music, and at the young age of 13, he joined his very first band, the Keytones. He later went on to join such local groups as The Vertices, The Squires, and the Volume Four, who later changed their name to New Hudson Exit.

But it wasn't until 1970, when Phil's band Glass Harp (with childhood friend John Sferra on drums, and Dan Pecchio on bass) recorded their self-titled first album that people really began to take notice of this incredibly gifted guitar player. Glass Harp gained more popularity in the Ohio area, opening for such bands as the Kinks and Yes, and even performing at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City. Over the next few years, they recorded two more albums entitled "Synergy" and "It Makes Me Glad."

By 1972, Phil saw his life going in a different direction, and made the tough decision to leave Glass Harp and pursue a solo career. His first solo album, "What A Day", was recorded in just a week's time during January 1973. He married his sweetheart Bernadette that summer, and the following year, they moved to Upstate New York and joined a Church community called Love Inn.

During his years there, Phil took a break from recording his own music. It wasn't until three years later in 1976 that Phil would record his second solo album, "Love Broke Thru", which was soon followed by a string of albums, including the acclaimed instrumental album, "The Master And The Musician."

With the Christian Music industry really beginning to grow, Phil won his very first Dove award in 1988 for his instrumental album, “The Wind and the Wheat. Phil's second Dove Award came in 1992 for his Celtic-influenced, "Beyond Nature". Each year from 1998 to 2001, Phil has dominated the "Instrumental Record" category at the Doves, winning for "Invention", "Acoustic Sketches", "Majesty and Wonder", and most recently "Lights of Madrid". For three years in a row, Phil was voted one of the top fingerstyle guitarists by Guitar Player Magazine readers.

These days, Phil Keaggy continues to delight audiences all over the US performing primarily acoustic shows, and occasional concerts with a band. He is aware that God gave him a calling to deliver the Gospel through his music, and for over 40 years, Phil Keaggy has been grateful to do just that, and will hopefully continue to do so for many years to come.

Phil Keaggy is perhaps one of the most admired guitarists in music today. His fans range from those who aspire just to be able to play Keaggy's mistakes, to professional musicians who have been strongly influenced by his style. And in between are those who don't play guitar, yet find solace in his beautifully penned lyrics and memorable melodies.

Phil's solo career has spanned more than 40 years, and has included over 60 solo albums, both vocal and instrumental, 8 releases with his band, Glass Harp, as well as numerous duets and trio albums. One of the most sought after studio guitarists, Phil also continues to sell out concerts all over the United States, with his ever-changing style, ranging from rock-and-roll to fully orchestrated instrumental compositions.

Born on March 23, 1951 in Youngstown, OH, the ninth of ten children, Phil grew up in a home filled with music. On Phil's 10th birthday, his brother, Dave returned home with a Sears Silvertone guitar. That's when the magic began.

Phil spent most of his younger days involved in music, and at the young age of 13, he joined his very first band, the Keytones. He later went on to join such local groups as The Vertices, The Squires, and the Volume Four, who later changed their name to New Hudson Exit.

But it wasn't until 1970, when Phil's band Glass Harp (with childhood friend John Sferra on drums, and Dan Pecchio on bass) recorded their self-titled first album that people really began to take notice of this incredibly gifted guitar player. Glass Harp gained more popularity in the Ohio area, opening for such bands as the Kinks and Yes, and even performing at the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City. Over the next few years, they recorded two more albums entitled "Synergy" and "It Makes Me Glad."

By 1972, Phil saw his life going in a different direction, and made the tough decision to leave Glass Harp and pursue a solo career. His first solo album, "What A Day", was recorded in just a week's time during January 1973. He married his sweetheart Bernadette that summer, and the following year, they moved to Upstate New York and joined a Church community called Love Inn.

During his years there, Phil took a break from recording his own music. It wasn't until three years later in 1976 that Phil would record his second solo album, "Love Broke Thru", which was soon followed by a string of albums, including the acclaimed instrumental album, "The Master And The Musician."

With the Christian Music industry really beginning to grow, Phil won his very first Dove award in 1988 for his instrumental album, “The Wind and the Wheat. Phil's second Dove Award came in 1992 for his Celtic-influenced, "Beyond Nature". Each year from 1998 to 2001, Phil has dominated the "Instrumental Record" category at the Doves, winning for "Invention", "Acoustic Sketches", "Majesty and Wonder", and most recently "Lights of Madrid". For three years in a row, Phil was voted one of the top fingerstyle guitarists by Guitar Player Magazine readers.

These days, Phil Keaggy continues to delight audiences all over the US performing primarily acoustic shows, and occasional concerts with a band. He is aware that God gave him a calling to deliver the Gospel through his music, and for over 40 years, Phil Keaggy has been grateful to do just that, and will hopefully continue to do so for many years to come.