Keith Lykins is a fingerstyle guitarist an instrumentalist, a one man band, a singer-songwriter as well as a consummate entertainer. His music encompasses aspects of traditional classical music, Spanish, Arabic and Americana influences. He plays and sings a wide but cohesive mixture of cover and original music. From rock music cover tunes performed in a truly novel way to Arabic, Turkish, World Music, Blues and Acoustic Percussive Guitar on the 6 string guitar, 9 string drum guitar and fretless guitar, his music shines its way through unexpected gulfs and valleys of emotion.
Keith is composer, performer, recording artist, writer and inventor located in the American Midwest. A Bachelor’s Degree in Classical Guitar Performance as well as advanced studies in composition, orchestration and ethnomusicology have provided the foundation which allows him to further his journey dedicated to the exploration of international music and to become a trail blazer in the world of guitar.
Keith developed the 9 string drum guitar in 2011. It enhanced his ability to integrate a variety of sounds into live performance as well as composition. It took his music to a different plateau, raising the bar in the use of percussive techniques on the acoustic guitar.
In 1997, Keith received his second degree black belt in Shaolin Kung Fu. In 2017 Keith released his first book S.E.E.D Student Enhancement and Energy Development. It was a work developed over 2 decades through his work with Kung Fu Instructor Jeff Adams. It is a publication dedicated to aiding in the development of focus and concentration and creating a relaxed, focused state. It utilizes Tai’ Chi exercise movements and concepts developed from Keith’s studies in Chung Yen Shaolin Kung Fu. The S.E.E.D. Program was originally used to help reduce symptoms of ADD/ADHA in children.
Bachelor Degree in Classical Guitar Performance
Inventor of the 9 String Drum Guitar
5 Years Experience Facilitating The Guitar Program at Sinclair College
20 Years Experience As A Private Guitar Instructor
10 Years Teaching Experience In The Public School Arena, Utilizing The S.E.E.D. Program, dedicated to aiding in the development of focus, concentration and learning.
Author of the S.E.E.D. The Art of Focus series of books
Second Degree lack Belt in Shaolin Kung Fu