Watch the Carter Style online guitar lesson by Jason Loughlin from 1-2-3 Country

Carter style is the most important rhythmic approach in country music. "Wildwood Flowers" changed the way guitarists accompanied voice and other instruments. It's also a style that has evolved over time and each one of its off-shoots has been a cornerstone of some of country music's sub genres. The idea here is that we are trying to create the illusion of two instruments, a bass and guitar. We do this by playing a steady bass line and filling in chords around that bass line. This is the backbone of bluegrass rhythm for flattop players. It's what Chet Atkins is doing with his thumbpick while playing melodies. If we strip away any harmony and just play single notes we have Luther Perkins style of rhythm. I'll show you three variations of this important rhythmic approach. We will learn an open, a muted and Luther Perkins approach.