Acoustic Nation with Dale Turner: Phil Keaggy’s Multifaceted Acoustic Fingerstyle Approaches

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Guitarist Phil Keaggy’s career spans more than four decades, includes 50-plus albums and exhibits acoustic and electric styles that range from new age to rock fusion.

His influences include classic rock heavyweights George Harrison and Jorma Kaukonen, jazz guitarists Pat Metheny and Allan Holdsworth, and progressive acoustic pioneer Michael Hedges.

Whether Keaggy is plucking his Olson, Taylor, Martin, McPherson or Charis acoustics, using multiple/partial capos simultaneously, jamming over looping textures (he was an early practitioner of using delay effects to loop and layer his guitar onstage) or generating violin-like textures and sustain using an E-Bow, he demonstrates a virtuoso approach. Amazingly, he does it all despite missing his right-hand middle finger, which he lost at age four in a water pump accident.

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A singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/film composer, Musician's Institute instructor, and author of 50+ transcription/instructional books, Dale Turner is also Guitar World's "Hole Notes"/"Acoustic Nation" columnist, and the former West Coast Editor of Guitar One magazine. Some of Dale’s old, weird, rare, and/or exotic instruments are featured in his score for WEEDS, the first animated short completed within the Filmmakers Co-op at Disney Feature Animation. His most recent CD, Mannerisms Magnified, was praised by Guitar Player magazine for its "Smart pop tunes that are crammed with interesting guitar parts and tones ... Like what the Beach Boys might do if they were on an acid trip that was on the verge of getting out of control. Yeah!"