Modern Country Shred

Andy Wood offers a crash course in telecaster abuse, unlocking the chaotic, ear-perking tonality and technique of modern country guitar. Dial in the weaponry to give your playing that deep fried sass that only comes from country chickin pickin guitar.

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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.

Lessons in this Series:

Lesson 1

Modern Country Shred with Andy Wood Introduction.

Enter the world of Andy Wood as he teaches a must watch series on modern country guitar playing. Starting at the core, Andy walks us through how to build your tone, use chicken pickin, understand harmony, make use of altered lines, and use both hybrid and cross picking. By the end of the series...

Length: 2:24 Difficulty: 0.0 Member Only
Lesson 2

Precise Alternate Picking

So how does Andy Wood pick so quickly and with such precision? Level up your speed and accuracy with Andy's near-flawless technique including exercises and tabs to boost your progress. You will improve your hand synchronization, discover if you are an outside picker or an inside picker, and...

Length: 8:16 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 3

Effective Alternate Picking Practice

Andy shares his history and talks of his background playing the mandolin. He also further expounds on alternate picking and teaches multiple great practice examples. Finally, he breaks down the finite details that usually get overlooked.

Length: 13:02 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 4

Cross Picking

What is cross picking and how can you utilize it in your guitar playing? Andy breaks down the basics and shows examples at different tempos. In addition, you will learn a few lush licks that you can add to your country music toolbox.

Length: 18:04 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 5

Hybrid Picking and Double Stops

Sometimes you want your notes to pop out and have aggression. Andy Wood talks about different ways to grab or pluck the string. He shares his vast knowledge on hybrid picking, and as a discusses his personal preferences when using double-stops.

Length: 10:05 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 6

Double Plucking

This lesson has a strong focus on pickling. First, Andy Wood explains a technique he lovingly refers to as "double plucking." Then he dives into different voice leading licks that not only sound cool, but help you work on string control when picking and plucking. Andy then tells us the importance...

Length: 4:36 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 7

Palm Muting & Ghost Notes

In this lesson we learn two common techniques that grant authenticity to country music: palm muting and ghost notes. Learn how to properly use both techniques to enhance your playing and give it some flavor.

Length: 6:01 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 8

Nasty Country Bends

Andy breaks bending down to it's smallest components. You will understand the full range of a bending sounds and when to use them in a country context. In Part 1 Andy shows a couple of exercises that introduce bending. In part 2 he teaches the double stop bend and the different facets of that...

Length: 11:46 Difficulty: 0.0 Member Only
Lesson 9

Pentatonic Boxes

How does one transition through the pentatonic boxes properly? Andy Wood demonstrates how to expand your sound without playing in a linear and predictable way.

Length: 6:24 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 10

Bluesy Pentatonic Harmony

In this lesson Andy introduces the entry level of harmony technique and theory. You will come to understand harmony as it relates to the pentatonic scale and classic blues.

Length: 6:30 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 11

Adding Chromatics

Expanding on the blues scale, Andy demonstrates how the chromatic scale can enhance your country music playing. Andy shows a few chromatic scale examples that demonstrate the the western swing music has had on country. You will also come to understand the importance of finding and using the...

Length: 16:37 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 12

Improvising Over Country

It's time to go over the building blocks of country improvisation. Instead of playing the habitual blues approach harmonically, you will learn difference pathways to take when improvising country music. In Part 1, you will understand the philosophy of improvisation. In Part 2, you will gain...

Length: 13:55 Difficulty: 0.0 Member Only
Lesson 13

Arpeggio Study

How do you sequence arpeggio shapes and create a more angular sound to your country playing? Andy Wood explains how he was influenced by fusion playing, and also shares his thoughts on implementing arpeggios and practice techniques to increase your precision. He also explains the influence...

Length: 5:59 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 14

4 Chord Resolution

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

Length: 13:55 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 15

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.

Length: 9:07 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 16

Chromatic Lick Building

Bring the chromatic sound to your own playing by increasing your ability to improvise. Andy Wood shares examples using different speeds and different licks with the end goal of building your own material. The awesomeness is found in the relationship between the B and G strings. Andy goes into...

Length: 7:19 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 17

Western Swing and Triads

Andy goes in depth on the influence of western swing music, talks about finding and utilizing the triad, and demonstrates examples that you can add to your toolbox.

Length: 5:20 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 18

Comping for a Singer

How do you play or comp for a singer in a country band? Andy Wood teaches us several ways to play rhythmic textures and harmony that the singer can easily follow along with. He demonstrates different styles and methods to do this.

Length: 8:38 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 19

Modern Country Overview

The world of country is continuously expanding. Andy enlightens explains 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...

Length: 8:28 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 20

Building Your Own Tone

Andy Wood talks about the importance of building your own high-quality tone. Having a good sound carries so much weight in the world of country music playing. We learn how to get the right tone by listening more carefully. Learn more about different types of tones and how to achieve the right...

Length: 13:50 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 21

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...

Length: 15:28 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 22

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.

Length: 11:29 Difficulty: 0.0 Member Only
Lesson 23

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.

Length: 8:14 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 24

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.

Length: 5:19 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 25

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...

Length: 9:18 Difficulty: 0.0 Member Only
Lesson 26

Western Swing Licks for Practice

In Part 2 of the western swing section, Andy masterfully demonstrates more licks and ways to implement the this unique style.

Length: 1:39 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 27

Smoke Wagon Riff

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

Length: 2:42 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 28

The Ballad of Ricky and Cal Riff

Andy takes a look at a riff from his song "The Ballad of Ricky and Cal." Learn how to play the riff and unlock all of its mysteries.

Length: 2:41 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 29

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 and acquire tricks to make it sound smooth. It requires string skipping and a bit of a reach to play with perfection.

Length: 2:39 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 30

Shredneck Cross Picking Intro

It's time to be shown the secrets of the amazing introduction in "Shredneck." By slowing the intro down, Andy carefully teaches us how to perfectly play his song by using crosspicking.

Length: 4:07 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 31

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 stop lick and how it relates to his song.

Length: 2:26 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
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