Remember the cutting heads scene in Crossroads between Ralph Macchio and Steve Vai? Macchio ultimately kicked the devil in the behind with some blazing classical guitar runs (although most of us felt that Ry Cooder's slide work did the job just as nicely). Well, let's trip out a bit and recast that scene; in addition to the blues, rock and classical styles, we bring in top players from the jazz, metal, fingerstyle and country guitar worlds, and then let them all go at it for a few rounds. Last man standing? No doubt about ... the country dude stays above ground and the rest of the boys hang with Beelzebub for the rest of their days.
No other style of popular music demands such mastery of right and left-hand techniques as does country lead guitar. Mixed with even modest musicality, country lead guitar turns heads and blows minds. That's why so many blues, jazz and even rock guitarists beg, borrow and steal techniques from country players. And many have been known to convert wholeheartedly to the style just to satisfy their hunger for guitaristic challenges on their quest for virtuosity.
Whether you choose to borrow, convert or strengthen your existing country lead chops, Country Lead Guitar Survival Guide from Jason Loughlin will deliver the goods. Jason presents stellar instruction for developing 12 essential skills and techniques that are requisite to the style; Chicken Pickin', Pickin' Triads, Pickin' 3rds, Pickin' 6ths, Banjo Rolls, Open String Licks, Flat Picking, Double Stops, Bending 3rds, Bending 6ths, Pedal Steel Emulation and Lap Steel Guitar Voicings.
Each of the 12 techniques is presented in its own chapter of video lessons. Each chapter includes two instrumental studies featuring that specific technique. The first instrumental study will expose you to the concept and focus on getting you comfortable with how the idea moves on the fretboard while helping you develop the right and/or left-hand techniques required to pull it off. The second instrumental study puts the pedal to the metal and demonstrates the different ways that the technique can be embellished with the left and right hand.
Jason first performs the instrumental study and then breaks it down note-for-note, move-by-move. In the breakdowns, Jason reveals the mechanics of the technique, the concepts associated with it, and the underlying theory. All of the studies are demonstrated (and then practiced by you) over a diverse range of rhythm tracks. All of the teaching is presented in a musical context; no tedious exercises or drawn out explanations -- you will play your way through the Country Lead Guitar Survival Guide, and have a blast doing so!
Whether you choose to cherry-pick some of the techniques or learn them all, Jason and the Country Lead Guitar Survival Guide will impart some serious skills and a whole new range of sounds that you can pull out at your own next head cutting session.