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Brent Mason

Country Shuffle

Brent presents his first of many rhythm grooves, the Country Shuffle. Get this one down, play it with the backing track, and make it your own!

Taught by Brent Mason in Nashville Style Country Guitar seriesLength: 8:53Difficulty: 2.5 of 5


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gpaulvazquezgpaulvazquez replied on November 26th, 2015

Excellent!!! Thank you for giving back to the world the gift you have been given. Great starting point for an introduction to the country shuffle. Yes, I understand that for some, the lesson could go to fast but one can stop the "tape" so to speak and then that element is rectified. That said, for some it could be too slow. The transcriptions are the best one could ask for. Especially given the slight variations in the performance that always occur. Thank you Brent.

coolgemcoolgem replied on December 6th, 2014

Where's the tab?

wattsrrwwattsrrw replied on November 24th, 2014

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rarebird0rarebird0 replied on July 14th, 2014

Sorry. Great musician. Poor teaching approach. What's the rush?

makmerrymakmerry replied on May 26th, 2014

Can anyone tell me the name of some songs that use this shuffle pattern? Some real country music to practice along with?

jam2013jam2013 replied on February 12th, 2014

Brent, thanks so much for taking the time to share your talent and insight. You have a new fan! Hope to catch you live. Have not mastered the thumb pic, but have managed to get a fair translation finger style.

makmerrymakmerry replied on May 26th, 2014

Can anyone tell me the name of some songs that use this shuffle pattern, some real country music to practice along with?

studiobuddystudiobuddy replied on January 30th, 2014

finally got this down, now time to learn the other rhythms.

aceyacey replied on December 21st, 2013

awesome!

studiobuddystudiobuddy replied on December 5th, 2013

been workin on this for 6 months...still tricky lol

sendbahtsendbaht replied on November 26th, 2013

I like this thanks ...this will take some dedicated practice...here I go...

white1445white1445 replied on October 25th, 2013

I was also curious as to how Brent gets the fast single notes with a thumb pick. I play decent five string banjo but I never was able to make that sound right with electric guitar using the banjo thumb and finger picks. I still use flat pick and other fingers but without the finger nails and it does sometimes make an uneven volume between the pick and fingers.

anton747anton747 replied on September 7th, 2013

Brent, I am just AMAZED to see you here!!! You MAY be one of the best guitarist alive, I've watched you playing and always wondered "how does he do that????.. and here it is. Thanks for taking the time!

JadeGreenJadeGreen replied on August 11th, 2013

like the tunes they rock, have learned alot from your lessons just nees to spend time working on the tempo, i can play the tunes just not up to speed with them to play with the jam tracks.

jablairjablair replied on August 8th, 2013

you use your pinkie in place of the ring finger and move your whole hand. is that necessary?

modalexistencemodalexistence replied on July 30th, 2013

Hey guys the tab is slightly incorrect. Not a big deal or anything, but the first 4 notes of the 3rd bar are definitely hit with downstrokes, as weird as that seems.

brentfan09brentfan09 replied on July 28th, 2013

Thanks Brent, you are my guitar inspiration! It is awesome to learn things straight from you to add to my playing! Would love to meet you some day. Trevor Mason

captshadycaptshady replied on June 23rd, 2013

I finished a complete beginner phase, so either this lesson is garbage, or the beginner's lesson is. This is so far beyond my abilities right now, it's not even funny.

modalexistencemodalexistence replied on July 26th, 2013

depends on what beginner lessons you took. If you're trying to get into this style, I highly suggest you learn some basic fingerstyle (Jim Deeming's phase 1 course) and even try some of his phase 2 fingerstyle. You also should take some of the electric beginner lessons, since those apply here too. Also, certain genres are simply more difficult than others. Blues would be a much easier phase 2 series to start out with. So I say you take a break, refresh your mind, and then go try some of the phase 1 lessons I suggest, and then also do some phase 2. Another point is that just "getting through" the phase 1 lessons isn't enough. You have to really have it down well before moving on. Ok, you're probably tired of me now lol. Just trying to give you some perspective. I hope you'll take some of what I said to heart. Good luck.

SodaPopSodaPop replied on June 17th, 2013

seems doable for me .... cool

melodiusthunkmelodiusthunk replied on June 7th, 2013

Love that Boogie Woogie, thanks Brent!

emilios1995emilios1995 replied on June 2nd, 2013

wow

macka71macka71 replied on May 31st, 2013

cool little run. Thanks

Nashville Style Country Guitar

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Rhythm, Gear, Soloing, the Nashville number system... Learn them all from one of the most recorded guitarists in history: A-list session player, Brent Mason!



Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Learn Nashville style country guitar from one of the most recorded guitarists in history. Check out rhythm grooves, solos, country pickin' and a glimpse into the life of an A-list Nashville session player!

Length: 3:14 Difficulty: 0.5 FREE
Lesson 2

Guitars, Tone & Gear

Brent takes you through how his tools have changed and evolved over the years, from the first guitar he used in a Nashville session to his new signature model. He also talks amps and effects and discusses...

Length: 24:34 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Brent Mason Style Fingerpicking

Brent breaks down his unique fingerpicking technique, teaches a few exercises you can do to get your fingers in shape, and talks about his fingernails. If you're not an experienced fingerpicker, make sure...

Length: 8:23 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

Country Shuffle

Brent presents his first of many rhythm grooves, the Country Shuffle. Get this one down, play it with the backing track, and make it your own!

Length: 8:53 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 5

Add Some Licks to the Country Shuffle

Brent Mason builds on the groove in the last lesson by showing how you can maintain great rhythm playing while adding tasteful, rhythmic licks into the mix. This is a delicate art, because you want to...

Length: 6:12 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Moderate Train Beat

In the second rhythm groove in Brent Mason's series, learn to play like Brent when he played with Alan Jackson. This one's got a bit more to it than the Country Shuffle and will really get you in the feel...

Length: 13:37 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

Moderate Train with Licks

You've played the rhythm part. Now, you can join Brent Mason in playing three different licks or embellishments that can be added to the rhythm. Some are fast, and some are slow, but they all require...

Length: 10:26 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Country/R&B

Learn how to take a basic chord progression and inject some country-tinged soul into it. Brent Mason shows how a simple idea played with the right attitude or vibe can be extremely catchy and powerful.

Length: 9:07 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Country/R&B Licks

In the groove yet?...Good! Now add some tasty embellishments to your modern country / R&B flavored playing. Let Brent Mason show you how!

Length: 9:01 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 10

Thoughts on Songwriting

Brent Mason discusses his role in the songwriting process. He talks about tailoring your playing to the type of artist you are playing for and really trying to focus on what that artist is as a whole....

Length: 7:14 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

Eagles Style Country Rock

Start rockin' Eagles style with this familiar country rock groove. It may be simple, but pay attention to the soul behind the notes. How you play it makes all the difference!

Length: 5:29 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 12

Eagles Style Country Rock Licks

Building on the simple, rockin' rhythm groove of the last lesson, Brent Mason injects 3 simple licks or embellishments that are sure to make heads turn! What ever you do, don't lose the groove!

Length: 5:04 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 13

The Business of Being a Session Player

Brent Mason discusses how he got started as a session player and how the job has changed over the years. He also offers some tips and advice for those interested in becoming session players.

Length: 20:31 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 14

Fast Train

Country rhythm school with Brent Mason continues with one of the trademarks of his career, the "Fast Train". You'll be boot scootin' and jammin' like Alan Jackson in no time!

Length: 12:41 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 15

Fast Train Licks

Brent Mason adds 3 little embellishments to the Fast Train rhythm from the last lesson to spice up the groove. Make sure you have the basic rhythm down before trying to work these ideas in!

Length: 5:50 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 16

Practicing & Listening

Brent Mason takes you back in time to when he was first learning to play. He reminisces about how he used to have to try and figure out songs, his early influences, and offers advice on listening--the...

Length: 9:16 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 17

JamPlay Country Solo #1

Brent Mason heads back to the country shuffle track used earlier in the series and presents the first of 5 complete solos written exclusively for JamPlay! Mason demonstrates the whole solo and explains...

Length: 13:14 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 18

JamPlay Country Solo #2

Your fingers are gonna have to speed up a bit in this solo played over the "Moderate Train" groove. Remember to pace yourself and get each section down before moving on to the next.

Length: 11:43 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 19

The Nashville Number System

Brent Mason gives a bit of history on how the Number System became the standard in Nashville and explains the cryptic shorthand he uses to make the music happen. Also, download Nashville charts that Mason...

Length: 8:08 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 20

JamPlay Country Solo #3

Reaching deep down into his soul, Brent Mason gives us a little more modern country/R&B. There aren't as many notes here, but getting the right tone out of each note is really the focus with this one....

Length: 11:02 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 21

JamPlay Country Solo #4

Brent Mason gets FUNKY! Combine chicken pickin' fun with some serious jazz-influenced "outside" playing. This one'll give your fingers and brain a workout!

Length: 11:02 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 22

JamPlay Country Solo #5

This is the grand finale! It's Brent Mason's longest and trickiest solo of all played over the fast train track. There's a lot of ground to cover here, from fast chicken pickin' to long legato runs. Have...

Length: 13:57 Difficulty: 4.5 Members Only

About Brent Mason View Full Biography Take lessons from one of the most recorded guitarists in history! Brent Mason has appeared on thousands of country albums and his name has become synonymous with "session musician".

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