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Watch the Kentucky Pickin' online guitar lesson by Jason Loughlin from 50 Country Masters Licks You MUST Know

This picking pattern is based on some really cliché bluegrass picking patterns. Inspired by Clarence White and Tony Rice. Most of the time these patterns are done in an open position, because that’s what bluegrass players like to do to get as much resonance as possible. In fact, that’s why you see a lot of flatpickers using capos. It’s not because they can’t play up high on the neck and in different positions. It’s because playing with a capo allows you to to use the most open strings and create a full sound. Bluegrass is a huge influence on country guitar playing but as country guitar players were not always going to have a chance to throw on a capo, and it would not give us the most amount of freedom on the guitar. So we need to know these classic bluegrass licks in some moveable shapes and positions. I think it’s important to try them within each of the positions of the CAGED system- I am doing this out of the C chord shape, but you should try it in the A,G,E, and D chord shape also.

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