Country Guitar Lessons

Welcome to the section dedicated to country guitar lessons. Country guitar can include a wide variety of techniques from basic open chord strumming to flashy chicken pickin licks. We will cover such topics as the country scale and improvisation, standard country chord progressions, and travis picking. If twang is your thang than this is the category for you to study.

Country Style Chord Riff

Country Style Chord Riff

In this lesson we will stylize our chord with a country flavored riff.
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Stylizing Chords Rockabilly Style

Stylizing Chords Rockabilly Style

In this lesson we will learn how to stylize a simple I-IV-V pattern with a Rockabilly flavor
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Classic Country Strumming

Classic Country Strumming

In this lesson we will explore some classic country strumming patterns.
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Make Your Chords Sound Country

Make Your Chords Sound Country

In this lesson we will learn some ways to make your chords sound more country.
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Using Pentatonic Major in Country

Using Pentatonic Major in Country

In this lesson we will learn how to use the Pentatonic Major scale to make our leads sound more country.
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The Country Scale

The Country Scale

In this lesson we will learn the Country Scale and how to apply it to our improvisation and lead playing.
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The Memphis Scale

The Memphis Scale

In this lesson you will be introduced to the memphis scale and learn how it can be applied.
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Country Riffing

Country Riffing

In this lesson we will learn some country style riffs using the b3rd and b7th.
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Country Licks

Country Licks

In this lesson we will learn some country licks you can use in your lead playing.
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More Country Licks

More Country Licks

In this lesson we will learn some more country licks you can use in your lead playing, combining the country scale and pentatonic major.
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Intro to Travis Picking

Intro to Travis Picking

In this lesson we will learn the basic principles behind Travis picking. Travis picking is a finger picking style named after one of the innovators, Merle Travis. Travis picking is used in Country, Blues, Ragtime, and Rock music.
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Travis Picking Continued

Travis Picking Continued

In this lesson we will study more on Travis Picking.
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Intro to Chicken Pickin'

Intro to Chicken Pickin'

In this lesson we will start our teaching of Country style hybrid picking or chicken pickin. This is a style often used by the likes of Brad Paisley and Brent Mason among many others.
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Chicken Pickin Chords

Chicken Pickin Chords

In this lesson we will use our chicken picking technique within some basic open chords.
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Chicken Pickin Riff in A

Chicken Pickin Riff in A

In this lesson we will learn a cool chicken pickin style riff in the key of A
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Chicken Pickin Licks in A

Chicken Pickin Licks in A

In this lesson we will cover some chicken pickin licks licks in the key of A. Practice these licks in different keys.
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Classic Country Electric Style

Classic Country Electric Style

Electric guitar had a specific function in the classic country era of Hank Williams and Patsy Cline. In this lesson we will study this function with the tune Hey Good Lookin as the example. The theory is easily applied to other country chord progressions to get that classic country sound.
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