Classic Country Guitar

Genre and Style Guitar Course from DJ Phillips

Having roots in Folk, Celtic, and Gospel music, Country and Country Western evolved rapidly in the 1920's. This genre of music has spawned two of the top selling solo artists of all time. Elvis Presley, and Garth Brooks.

36 Lessons

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


Course filmed with 6 cameras for the perfect angles.

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Learn how to play classic country guitar. From double stops to pedal steel licks, banjo rolls to chicken pickin’, you will learn it all step-by-step.


Introduction to Country

This short lesson will introduce you to the country style of playing and provide some necessary background information on how the genre got started.

2:04 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


Western Swing

DJ gets to the roots of the country music genre with a lesson on Western Swing.

5:50 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Roly Poly

In lesson 3, DJ teaches a short song called "Roly Poly." If you ever find yourself jamming in a country circuit, you'll need this one in your repertoire.

5:22 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Classic Country

DJ discusses the classic country style. He explains the rhythmic and structural differences between this style and western swing.

6:30 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Chicken Pickin' and Modern Country

With lesson 5, DJ starts to discuss elements of the modern country style. This includes the technique known as "Chicken Pickin'."

12:59 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

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Hybrid Picking

In this lesson, DJ discusses some of the finer points of the hybrid picking technique.

15:05 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Electric Country, Western Swing

In this lesson, DJ begins to talk more in depth about modern electric country guitar. He starts with the western swing style.

11:11 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Eldon Shamblin, Western Swing

Lesson 8 continues to cover the western swing style of electric country. Eldon Shamblin and his musical efforts are discussed further.

13:42 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Twin Guitar Boogie's Twin Lead

This lesson covers the twin lead section of the song "Twin Guitar Boogie."

17:59 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Twin Lead Solo: Part 2

DJ breaks down the second part of the twin lead solo from "Twin Guitar Boogie."

14:57 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Twin Guitar Boogie's Guitar Solo

Finalizing his teaching on the Twin Guitar Boogie with emphasis on Eldon Shamblin, DJ brings you this lesson on the guitar solo.

21:55 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Twin Guitar Boogie Techniques

Lesson 12 covers all the techniques involved in the previous lessons on the Twin Guitar Boogie.

7:21 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Solo Building

DJ takes the techniques he discussed in lesson 12 and helps you create a solo over a standard country rhythm.

17:33 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty



Lesson 14 delves into the realm of fingerpicking.

17:44 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Solo and Improvisation

In lesson 15 DJ demonstrates the techniques used by Merle Travis to build a solo, and improvisation technique.

12:15 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Guitar Boogie Pt. 1

Lesson 16 starts a 3 part series on Arthur Smith's "Guitar Boogie."

47:42 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Guitar Boogie Pt. 2

In lesson 17, DJ completes his note for note demonstration of "Guitar Boogie."

30:39 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Guitar Boogie Concepts

In this lesson, DJ takes a look at some of the country guitar concepts used in the song "Guitar Boogie."

16:13 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Whistle Stop

In this lesson, DJ teaches the song "Whistle Stop" by legendary guitarist Jimmy Bryant.

19:41 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Yodeling Guitar

DJ demonstrates the song "Yodeling Guitar" by Jimmy Bryant.

32:25 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Joy Ride

DJ teaches the song "Joy Ride" as performed by Jimmy Bryant.

30:37 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Jimmy Bryant Concepts

Now that DJ has covered "Whistle Stop" and "Joy Ride," he'll be looking at some of the concepts used to play these songs.

23:05 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Got a Lot of Rhythm

This lesson covers the tune Got a Lot of Rhythm which features the playing of Hank Garland.

10:30 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


I Need Your Love Tonight

In lesson 24, DJ takes a look at an Elvis Presley song "I Need Your Love Tonight."

19:55 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Sugarfoot Rag

In lesson 25, DJ continues his in depth look at Hank Garland's playing with a demonstration of Sugarfoot Rag.

32:43 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Walkin' the Floor

DJ takes a look at "Walkin' the Floor" by classic country guitarist Leon Rhodes.

29:00 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Honey Fingers Pt. 1

DJ Phillips teaches the progression, structure and melody of the song "Honey Fingers."

35:30 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Honey Fingers Pt. 2

In lesson 28, DJ demonstrates the entire guitar solo for the song "Honey Fingers."

27:13 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Applying Concepts and Skill Building

Looking back on the lessons on Leon Rhodes' playing, DJ offers up a lesson on applying the new concepts.

11:49 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Luther Perkins

DJ discusses the tic-tac techniques used by Johnny Cash guitarist Luther Perkins.

18:53 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Tic-Tac Rhythms Applied

Looking at guitarist Luther Perkins, DJ helps you to apply the tic-tac rhythms in your playing.

7:34 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Style of James Burton #1: Open String Licks

DJ returns to his country lesson series to profile legendary country guitarist James Burton! In the first lesson of this mini-series, DJ takes a look at open string licks that are common in James' playing.

16:34 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Style of James Burton #2: Chicken Pickin'

DJ is back with the second lesson in his James Burton mini series. For this one, DJ takes a look at how James Burton started the Tele sound with the use of hybrid picking and chicken pickin'.

13:21 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Style of James Burton #3: Double Stops

In lesson 34 of his country series, DJ is expanding on his look at James Burton. In this lesson you'll be taking a look at double stop and partial chord concepts utilized by this country great!

12:40 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Style of James Burton #4: Bends

To finalize the concepts and techniques portion of his mini-series on James Burton, DJ offers up a look at bending technique.

11:57 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Style of James Burton #5: Combining Elements

Now that you have all the lick based elements and concepts under your belt, it's time to apply them. In lesson 36, DJ plays all of the licks you've learned with a backing track.

4:50 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

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  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Playing since 1997
  • 279 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 50/100 with 116 ratings

Broken into digestible chunks.


D J does a great job but what he thinks is Eldon Shamblin on a guitar break after the piano is really Johnny Gimble playing a 4 string mandolin it sounds like a guitar because it has 4 strings instead of 8 strings.


great teacher


I like the lessons that break down technique more than ones that just break down songs note by note.


Looking to get some Dan Hicks under my belt, this may well get me rolling. Nice presentations from DJ.


Neat sounding licks with just the right amount of explanation.