Watch the 50 Country Sampler online guitar lesson by Joe Dalton from 50 Country Guitar Licks You MUST Know
Welcome to 50 Country Licks You Must Know. In this course you will learn more than great licks. You will also learn the essential scales, techniques, phrasing, rhythms, articulations, and soloing approaches that are unique to country guitar playing. We take you through various eras and styles that are the roots of modern country music. There are a variety of examples that cover double and triple stops, pedal steel bends, banjo and dobro imitation, bluegrass licks, Travis picking, rhythm playing, Western swing, adding blues scale notes to major pentatonic licks, and some recording tricks of Nashville recording pros. The idea here is that each of these licks might open a new door for you and jump start your playing, maybe get you off of that plateau you have reached and send you in a new direction- developing your own ideas. So, enjoy. If you're not already in tune, we have a Standard Tuning file waiting in the media folder.
You’ll need to apply these examples to different keys and different positions. Before we begin, here’s a tip on learning licks and using them. You should take the time necessary to transpose all of the licks you learn to all of the other keys. The best way to do this is to know the root of the lick and to know the names of the notes on the entire fret board. We’ll investigate more about the roots of the licks as we go along. To memorize the notes on the fret board first find all the Es that match the first string open E. That would be the first string open, second string 5th fret, third string 9th fret, fourth string 14th fret, and fifth string 19th fret. The same pitch can be found as a harmonic on the 6th string at the 24th fret position and at the fifth fret position. Spend some time memorizing this and then add some other notes to it. For instance, the first string open, 1st, and 2nd frets are E, F, and G. Now go to the second string and play E, F, and G at the 5th, 6th, and 8th frets. Then go to the third string 9th, 10th, and 12th, etc. I think you get the idea. Once you feel confident about your command of these notes in the different positions, do the same thing with the second string notes B, C, and D. To get a sharp you just move one fret toward the bridge. F is at the 1st fret. F# is at the second fret. Don’t try to do this all at once. Take on one step at a time and before you know it (maybe a week or two if you work on it every day) you’ll know the entire fret board.