Andy Wood

Modern Telecaster Country Guitar

Andy Wood offers a crash course in telecaster abuse. If you have heard players like Guthrie Govan, Zakk Wlyde or Brad Paisley slaughter some country lines, this course serves to unlock this chaotic, ear-perking tonality and technique. As Andy states.. "This isn't your grandpa's country guitar!"

We will tackle high speed alternate picking, cross picking, hybrid double stops, altered lines, bends and various weaponry to give your playing that deep fried sass that only comes from country chickin pickin guitar. Learn more or start the course with membership, or get lifetime access with purchase.

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31 Lessons
4 Hour+ Runtime
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Playalong Tracks
4k Video
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Not Your Grandpa's Country Guitar

modernized Telecaster abuse at it's finest

Suited for intermediate players of all backgrounds, this course is a perfect method to introduce country flavors and techniques into your playing. If you have played Rock, Blues, or Metal and have always been intrigued by hybrid picking, chicken-picking, or other country-esque flavors, Andy Wood offers world-class pedigree to get you up to speed. Access 31 step-by-step lessons, play-along tracks, tabs, guitar pro files and more... exclusively from JamPlay.

Country Shredneck

Add to your Technique

Emil Werstler once said "Jazz is the new shred"... and Andy is here to challenge this idiom with Country! Learn Andy's impeccable technique and become a more versatile player.

  • Blistering Alternate Picking
  • Cross Picking
  • Hybrid / Chicking Picking
  • Double Stops & Nasty Bends

Build your chops and increase your potential as a guitarist with a fresh take on stale techniques.

Pentatonic Flavors

Add that Country Flavor

"Making it country" isn't just about the techniques. Andy breaks down how modifying common scales can create the hectic, yet ear pleasing tones commonly found in this genre.

  • Pentatonic Modifications
  • Adding Chromatics
  • Blues Fusions
  • Resolving Chord Functions

Break out of your "tired" shapes and find new ways to resolve your lead lines.

Build Tasty Solos

Add to your vocabulary

Tasty note choices delivered with speed, accuracy, and tenacity is the ultimate goal of modernized country lead playing. Learn to compose your solos or improvise country in a modern way.

  • Phrasing for Unique Solos
  • Modern Country Approach
  • Adding Western Swing
  • Dialing in Tone

Unlock the country tonality, flavor and tone from a world-class player.

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Series Introduction

Enter the world of Andy Wood as he teaches a must watch series on Hot Country Guitar Playing. Starting at the core, Andy walks us through how to build your tone, chicken pickin tips, harmony, altered lines, hybrid picking to cross picking to being able to grasp more advanced country guitar playing techniques. At the end of the series you will be able to build your own solo, gain right hand exercises that address the inside and outside string plucking, learn to apply harmony to basic chord progression, and understand the secrets to Andy Wood’s original songs.

Technique Toolkit for Country Players


Precise Alternate Picking

So how does Andy Wood pick so quickly with such precision? Level up your speed and accuracy with Andy's near-flawless technique including exercises and tabs to accompany your progress. Learn to master your own alternate picking technique while increasing your speed. You will improve your hand synchronization, discover if you are an outside picker or an inside picker, and be able to apply it to your own playing.


Effective Alternate Picking Practice

Andy shares his history and background playing Mandolin. He expands on Alternate Picking and teaches multiple great practice examples for you to use. He breaks down the finite details that usually get overlooked.


Cross Picking

What is Cross Picking and how can you utilize it in your guitar playing? Andy breaks down the basics of Cross Picking, showing examples at different tempos along the way. Learn a few lush licks and add them to your toolbox while Andy Wood demonstrates his style of Cross Picking.


Hybrid Picking and Double Stops

In country music you want your notes to pop out and have aggression. Andy Wood talks about different ideas on how to grab or pluck the string. Andy Wood shares all in this Lesson introducing Hybrid Playing and Double Stops. Start using your middle finger to play a line and apply your middle finger in conjunction with your pick. Andy Wood breaks down a few examples on how you can strengthen your hybrid playing and learn how to utilize double stops.


Double Plucking

Andy Wood explains his technique that he calls "Double Plucking". The timing of country can be difficult to stay on track with. Dive into different voice leading licks and work on the control of your force of strength when plucking your strings. Andy Wood tells us the importance of having energy and attitude in the subtle art of pulling your strings.


Palm Muting & Ghost Notes

What gives authenticity to country music language? Andy Wood teaches two essential techniques - Palm Muting and Ghost Notes. Learn to use your ear to hear the differences between low bass palm muting on single notes and open up to use your hybrid playing for an enhanced tone and vocabulary. Andy Wood then explains and shows what Ghost Notes are and how you can use them in your own country playing.


Nasty Country Bends

Andy breaks bending down to it's smallest components. You will understand the full range of a bending sound and when to use it in a country context. In Part 1 Andy shows a couple of exercises for the introduction of Bending. In part 2 he teaches the Double Stop Bend and the different facets of that sound. In part 3 Andy shows how we can combine the basics of Bending with the Double Stop to fill in the harmonic texture of your own playing while sharing a few secrets of his own.

Lead Harmony


Pentatonic Boxes

How does one transition through the pentatonic boxes? Assuming you already know the fretboard, Andy Wood demonstrates some examples to expand your sound without playing the linear predictable sound.


Bluesy Pentatonic Harmony

In this lesson, Andy educates us on Simple Harmony, introducing an entry level of Harmony techniques and theory. You will understand Harmony as it relates to the Pentatonic Scale, Blues, and True Blues sounds.


Adding Chromatics

Expanding on the blues scale, the chromatic scale is a way to enhance your country music playing. Andy shows a few Chromatic Scale examples that demonstrates the alterations of the influence country music gets from western swing. You will also understand the importance of finding the notes that are not in scale.

Improvising in a Country Setting


Improvising Over Country

Start the building blocks of improvising over country. Instead of playing the habitual blues approach harmonically, you will learn difference pathways to take when improvising country music with Dominant Chords. Address each chord change as its own dominant chord. In Part 1, you will understand the philosophy of improvisation. In Part 2, you will gain ammunition for building your own improvised licks. In Part 3, you will dig into more dominant licks and ways to navigate through them.


Arpeggio Study

How do you sequence Arpeggio shapes and create a more angular sound to your country playing? Andy Wood explains his influence on fusion playing, and how to implement Arpeggios and practice techniques to increase your precision. He also explains the influence from Steel Guitar players, keyboard players, and encourages you to consider and think about what you are playing under. In this Lesson you will learn a ton about Andy Wood's Arpeggio Study.


4 Chord Resolution

How do you lead into the 4 chord and then how to come out of it and back into the root? Andy Wood tells us about the importance of 3rds and 7's. We also have to be aware of your other band members because of the importance of playing off of one another. Sometimes the wrong note can lead us into the right direction.


Diminished 5 Chord Functions

Learn to implement diminished ideas over a 5 Chord in a country context. With examples ranging from fast to slow diminished sounds, Andy Wood takes us on a journey through the importance of how these can fit into your own playing.


Chromatic Lick Building

Bring the Chromatic sound to your own playing by increasing your ability to improvise. Andy Wood shares examples in different speeds to different licks to build your own material. The importance is between the relationship of the B and G strings. Andy goes into Half Steps and letting them ring out to create a unique sound. You will gain the knowledge needed to enhance your own improvisation skills.


Western Swing & Triads

Andy goes in depth on the influence of Western Swing, finding and utilizing the triad, and demonstrates examples for you to learn and add to your toolbox.


Comping for a Singer

How do you play or comp for a singer in Country music playing. Andy Wood teaches us several ways to play rhythmic textures and harmony that the singer can sing to. He goes into examples on different styles and methods to do this.

Building Your Voice


Modern Country Overview

The world of country is continuously expanding. Andy Wood enlightens us on the overview of the difference between modern country music and other styles of country playing. He demonstrates the way modern country playing has been influenced over the years by playing different types of solos and licks. Dive deep into a fascinating lesson on a total overview of modern country playing.


Building Your Own Tone

Andy Wood talks about the importance of the roots and foundations of building your own tone. Having a good sound carries so much weight in country music playing and trying to get hired for country genre gigs. We learn how to get the right tone by listening more carefully. Andy educates us on how even if you have the best gear in the world, your tone depends on your knowledge of how it sounds in relationship with the rest of your equipment. Learn more about different types of tones and how to achieve the right sound and find out how to familiarize yourself with every aspect of your equipment.


Phrasing and Building Unique Solos

Learn to develop your own phrases and build your very own solos with this in depth lesson on creating something unique with the accumulation of knowledge throughout this series. Know when you are overplaying or underplaying in your solos. Andy Wood educates us on the nuances and subtle details from the masters and how to add it to your own style of playing.


Single Note Country Lines

Andy Wood talks about the entry points of combining single note lines with double stops. In Part 2, Andy breaks down his song "Shredneck" and demonstrates ways to combine single note lines with double stops.


Using Open Strings

In the country world you will notice that many people love using open strings. How do you get that iconic open string sound? Andy Wood teaches and talks about the "G Run" and how essential it is to keep in your repertoire along with other ways to use open strings.


Triplet Application Into Double Stops

How do Country shuffles accent and give their rhythm some spice? Andy turns up the heat in this lesson as he explains how to implement the triplet application into your double stop playing.


Western Swing Lines Within Country Playing

Western Swing has had a massive influence on country playing and specifically Andy Wood's style and playing. Learn the similarities between western swing lines and jazz along with fiddle playing. Andy teaches us how to shift your hand properly and shows how he does it himself. In Part 1 of Western Swing Lines, you will continue to evolve your country music playing.


Western Swing Licks for Practice

In Part 2 of the Western Swing Lesson, Andy masterfully demonstrates more licks and ways to implement the western swing into your own style. By showing examples in different speeds, we learn the effectiveness of this technique and how to apply it to your own playing.

Put it Together


Smoke Wagon Riff

Andy demonstrates and teaches us the Smoke Wagon Riff from his new record. By using the knowledge from hybrid picking, he slowly breaks down and teaches us the Riff note by note in different tempos.


The Ballad of Ricky and Cal Riff

Gain another incredible riff for your database to use during this breakdown of Andy's song "The Ballad of Ricky and Cal" Learn step by step how to play this song and how it relates to the previous learning lessons throughout this series.


The Ballad of Ricky and Cal Ending Lick

Continuing on with Andy's song "The Ballad of Ricky and Cal" We learn the ending melody of his song and acquire tricks to make it sound smooth. It requires string skipping and a bit of a reach and Andy shows us how to play it with perfection.


Shredneck Cross Picking Intro

Now that you've learned a portion of Andy's song "Shredneck", now we are shown the secrets to the amazing introduction in "Shredneck". By slowing the intro down, Andy carefully teaches us how to perfectly play his song by crosspicking.


Shredneck Double Stop Lick

Ever wonder how Andy Wood plays his epic song Shredneck? In this lesson we get the opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn exactly how Andy plays his original song. Andy explains the importance of the double stock lick and how it relates to his song.

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Andy Wood spent most of his childhood playing and competing in bluegrass festivals. Touring the bluegrass circuit with his cousin and grandfather, Andy held various state championship titles.

At 16, Andy finished second in the World Championship Mandolin Contest in Kansas. All before discovering the world of electric guitar at the age of eighteen.

By 18, Andy’s curiosity and appreciation for music drew him into the world of electric guitars. The new instrument was familiar due to his experience with acoustic instruments, but at the same time, allowed him to manipulate his sound in ways never before possible. He began studying the styles of Nashville session players such as Brent Mason and Albert Lee, along with new styles such as jazz, swing, fusion, and rock. His focus was to take these styles and make them his own.

At 22, Andy was drawn back to competition in the form of GUITARMAGGEDON, a guitar contest sponsored by Guitar Center. Andy was a face in the crowd of 3,400 other contestants, but he made his presence known by being crowned champion of this prestigious tournament. Not long after winning Guitarmaggedon, Andy became a founding member of the rock group DOWN FROM UP. They have toured with Seven Dust, Drowning Pool and 10 Years.

Currently touring as a solo guitarist and mandolinist along with working on a host of additional musical projects, Andy is also performing live with his own band promoting CAUGHT BETWEEN THE TRUTH AND A LIE, the double album which showcases his vast musical influences and abilities.

Andy has toured professionally with a wide range of acts, including most recently Gary Allan, LOCASH, Rascal Flatts, Scott Stapp, and Sebastian Bach. We are thrilled to now add his talents to the JamPlay staff of instrutors.

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