By learning this solo you will master a lot of country guitar’s signature techniques, such as open string licks, double stops, hybrid picking, and combining different scales. Plus you will add four great-sounding licks to your vocabulary. Let’s play!

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The solo starts with an open string lick in G (bar 1 – 2). In this phrase, I replaced fretted notes through open strings wherever possible. You’ll get a cascading effect reminiscent of Brent Mason’s guitar style.

I am playing hybrid picking this part, just trying to avoid plucking two adjacent 16th notes with the same picking motion or right-hand finger.

In bars three and four the progression moves on to C, where I play a phrase in the style of Albert Lee. The notes are taken from the C-Mixolydian scale with the added blue notes (b5 and b3) of the Blues scale.

Try to see the double stops around your pattern G and pattern C C7 chords.

Measures five and six are played over a G chord. Here I take my pattern D G7 voicing and bend the D on the G-string up to ‘E’. You get a G13 sound.

The solo ends with a run in the style of Johnny Hiland over a D chord. (bars 7/ 8).

Here the D major pentatonic is enhanced by the use of chromatic passing tones.

Have fun! Lars.

Lars Shurse

If you like that kind of guitar picking, please check out my TrueFire courses.

30 burnin’ country licks you must know, available here.

and Countrified blues guitar guidebook.

4 Comments

chirag dhall - nov. 20, 2020

Hey, thanks for sharing enlightenment around i could really relate with your post, Being a student of this E-Guitar course.

You know life happens, guitar helps!

A good way to meditate our energies.

Come on !!

Zhao Shunxiang - sept. 23, 2020

Can you help me how to use this software .i want to learn from good examples :emulate good.if you can see news in biref in the midstofengaged. Please reply.thank you.

Thomas Duflos - sept. 24, 2020

Hi Zhao, here is our support toppics, please send us a message if you don’t find the answers you need, thank you: https://support.guitar-pro.com/hc/en-us

Sid Simo - sept. 20, 2020

Hey Lars, how are you man?
I like that youre getting your stuff out there.
Great work!

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