Watch the Major One online guitar lesson by Corey Congilio from 30 Modern Country Guitar Licks You MUST Know
When we talk about modern country guitar playing, we usually look to the early 90's. Country music was definitely shifting to more of a pop sound, and the guitar playing in particular was a driving force.
In this lick, we'll see how a traditional major country rock idea is played over the chords C, F, C, and G. In the Nashville Number System nomenclature, this progression would be 1415.
What we really want to take away from this example is the targeting of the C note root and the resolution. The lick is based around C major pentatonic and is easily transposed to any key. You'll notice that I've added a small amount of overdrive to the normally clean Tele tone. Adding more distortion and overdrive will continue to happen throughout the course to mimic the evolution of the modern country sound. For this example, I'm using a model of a Fender Deluxe Reverb combined with an Ibanez Tube Screamer.