Country Guitar Riffs

Country guitar strum patterns, string snaps, and filler lines.

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This week we're going to take a look at the interesting world of country guitar.

Those legendary country guitar players, (i.e. Marty Stewart, Will Ray, Albert Lee, Jimmy Bryant - to name a few...), are both a joy to listen to and a ton of fun to watch. The fast-paced flashy style of country guitar is full of interesting skills and unique techniques to learn, (not to mention speed). And, once developed, these techniques will easily transfer over to many other styles of music and guitar technique concepts.

Country guitar will generally use a busy assortment of single-note (scale and arpeggio) lines. Plus, this style will tend to have a fairly unique approach when it comes to it's applied strum techniques as well.

In this lesson, we're going to focus the attention upon both of these ideas by learning techniques like "alternate bass-note strumming," "country guitar string-snapping," and how to have a solid connection within our guitar riffs by using "filler/bridging lines."

Aside from learning these concepts, it is important to also learn songs by the more popular artists in this style. Learning popular songs will end up allowing guitar players/students to gain the full insight required for taking country guitar up to that higher level of playing skill. Enjoy!

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About the Author:
Andrew Wasson is a 1992 Graduate of Hollywood California's Guitar Institute of Technology (G.I.T.). He has operated his Canadian Music School, Creative Guitar Studio, for the last 20+ years teaching thousands of guitarists. You can learn more at his official website.

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    That was a nice breakdown of technique. The tone was perfect, what were you running it through? Anyway, thanks, nice to see some twang on ultimate guitar!
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    Great video with some good information. Always dig Andrews lessons makes things so easy to understand. Ahh haaa I says to myself
    alinbos87 · Jan 16, 2016 10:32 PM
    anjali321 · Feb 03, 2016 03:32 AM