Having roots in Folk, Celtic, and Gospel music, Country and Country Western evolved rapidly in the 1920's. This genre of music has spawned two of the top selling solo artists of all time. Elvis Presley, and Garth Brooks.
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Learn how to play classic country guitar. From double stops to pedal steel licks, banjo rolls to chicken pickin’, you will learn it all step-by-step.Begin the Course
This short lesson will introduce you to the country style of playing and provide some necessary background information on how the genre got started.
DJ gets to the roots of the country music genre with a lesson on Western Swing.
In lesson 3, DJ teaches a short song called "Roly Poly." If you ever find yourself jamming in a country circuit, you'll need this one in your repertoire.
DJ discusses the classic country style. He explains the rhythmic and structural differences between this style and western swing.
With lesson 5, DJ starts to discuss elements of the modern country style. This includes the technique known as "Chicken Pickin'."
In this lesson, DJ discusses some of the finer points of the hybrid picking technique.
In this lesson, DJ begins to talk more in depth about modern electric country guitar. He starts with the western swing style.
Lesson 8 continues to cover the western swing style of electric country. Eldon Shamblin and his musical efforts are discussed further.
This lesson covers the twin lead section of the song "Twin Guitar Boogie."
DJ breaks down the second part of the twin lead solo from "Twin Guitar Boogie."
Finalizing his teaching on the Twin Guitar Boogie with emphasis on Eldon Shamblin, DJ brings you this lesson on the guitar solo.
Lesson 12 covers all the techniques involved in the previous lessons on the Twin Guitar Boogie.
DJ takes the techniques he discussed in lesson 12 and helps you create a solo over a standard country rhythm.
Lesson 14 delves into the realm of fingerpicking.
In lesson 15 DJ demonstrates the techniques used by Merle Travis to build a solo, and improvisation technique.
Lesson 16 starts a 3 part series on Arthur Smith's "Guitar Boogie."
In lesson 17, DJ completes his note for note demonstration of "Guitar Boogie."
In this lesson, DJ takes a look at some of the country guitar concepts used in the song "Guitar Boogie."
In this lesson, DJ teaches the song "Whistle Stop" by legendary guitarist Jimmy Bryant.
DJ demonstrates the song "Yodeling Guitar" by Jimmy Bryant.
DJ teaches the song "Joy Ride" as performed by Jimmy Bryant.
Now that DJ has covered "Whistle Stop" and "Joy Ride," he'll be looking at some of the concepts used to play these songs.
This lesson covers the tune Got a Lot of Rhythm which features the playing of Hank Garland.
In lesson 24, DJ takes a look at an Elvis Presley song "I Need Your Love Tonight."
In lesson 25, DJ continues his in depth look at Hank Garland's playing with a demonstration of Sugarfoot Rag.
DJ takes a look at "Walkin' the Floor" by classic country guitarist Leon Rhodes.
DJ Phillips teaches the progression, structure and melody of the song "Honey Fingers."
In lesson 28, DJ demonstrates the entire guitar solo for the song "Honey Fingers."
Looking back on the lessons on Leon Rhodes' playing, DJ offers up a lesson on applying the new concepts.
DJ discusses the tic-tac techniques used by Johnny Cash guitarist Luther Perkins.
Looking at guitarist Luther Perkins, DJ helps you to apply the tic-tac rhythms in your playing.
DJ returns to his country lesson series to profile legendary country guitarist James Burton! In the first lesson of this mini-series, DJ takes a look at open string licks that are common in James' playing.
DJ is back with the second lesson in his James Burton mini series. For this one, DJ takes a look at how James Burton started the Tele sound with the use of hybrid picking and chicken pickin'.
In lesson 34 of his country series, DJ is expanding on his look at James Burton. In this lesson you'll be taking a look at double stop and partial chord concepts utilized by this country great!
To finalize the concepts and techniques portion of his mini-series on James Burton, DJ offers up a look at bending technique.
Now that you have all the lick based elements and concepts under your belt, it's time to apply them. In lesson 36, DJ plays all of the licks you've learned with a backing track.
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D J does a great job but what he thinks is Eldon Shamblin on a guitar break after the piano is really Johnny Gimble playing a 4 string mandolin it sounds like a guitar because it has 4 strings instead of 8 strings.
I like the lessons that break down technique more than ones that just break down songs note by note.
Looking to get some Dan Hicks under my belt, this may well get me rolling. Nice presentations from DJ.
Neat sounding licks with just the right amount of explanation.