An audience can forgive a mediocre solo if the band is grooving but it's much harder to get an audience on board if the rhythm and groove is uncertain or inconsistent. Yet, guitarists tend to focus only on lead playing ignoring the fact that, for the majority of the time, they’re responsible for establishing the feel, style and harmonic palette of a tune through their rhythm playing.
Band members and audiences’ alike really appreciate great rhythm playing and few players do it as well as Jason Loughlin. Fortunately for we students of guitar, Jason also has an uncanny prowess and passion for teaching as you will experience yourself as you play your way through the Rhythm edition of his Country Guitar Survival Guide.
“Country music is a wide umbrella. This is what makes it so much fun and challenging to play. There are so many sub-genres, feels and other styles to draw from as a rhythm guitarist that you never run out of inspiration. In this Rhythm edition of the Country Guitar Survival Guide, we’re going to look at the essential concepts that you’ll need to become a super solid country rhythm guitarist.”
Jason organized the Survival Guide into two sections. In the first section, Jason presents 12 key concepts and techniques for country rhythm guitar: Basic Country Forms, Common Chord Voicings, Hybrid Picking,
Arpeggiation, Boom Chick & Backbeat, Embellishing Chord Shapes, Syncopation, Establishing Rhythmic Patterns, Fills and Hooks, Travis Picking, Acoustic and Tone and Gear.
In the second section, you’ll apply all of the concepts and techniques from the first section across 8 Performance Studies, in a variety of keys and feels: Baker's Dozen, Memphis Sun, Waltz Right In, Outlaw Country, Big Rig Country, Swinging South, Ground Chuck and Country Boogie.
Jason demonstrates all of the Performance Studies over rhythm tracks and then breaks them down measure-by-measure, technique-by-technique. You’ll first learn the parts as performed by playing along with Jason and referencing the tab and notation. When your ready, you’ll work with the rhythm tracks on your own and craft your own country rhythm guitar parts.
All of the key demonstrations, performances and examples are tabbed and notated for your practice, reference and study purposes. You’ll also get Guitar Pro files so that you can loop and/or slow any section down as you work through the lessons. Plus, Jason generously includes all of the rhythm tracks for you to work with on your own.
Grab your guitar and let’s get your country groove up and running…