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Watch the Flat Pickin' Licks online guitar lesson by Jason Loughlin from 1-2-3 Country

Our first lead approach is flat pickin'. It's essential for any country player to be able to flat pick through chord changes. We are going to learn three classic flat pickin' licks that are commonly used in bluegrass and country guitar playing. These licks are used by players like Doc Watson, Clarence White and Albert Lee as springboards for developing their own ideas. We'll use our chord shapes as templates to help us target chord tones. We're going to connect the chord tones using major scales, mixolydian scales, half step approach notes and chromatic runs.