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Watch the Country Survival Guide: Lead Guitar online guitar lesson by Jason Loughlin from Country Guitar Survival Guide: Lead Edition

Welcome to Country Guitar Survival Guide on lead guitar. This is my favorite style of music to play. With all of its sub-genres and the techniques necessary to play it I find it to be a never ending well of inspiration. In my opinion it is the only style that truly embraces and utilizes all aspects of the electric guitar. Not only does country music incorporate elements of blues, jazz and rock, it also employs many unique techniques to pull it all off. It's a hard style of music to master without having a handle on the techniques and concepts that make country guitar playing so distinctive. It doesn't matter whether you're a great jazz player or a shredding demon, if you're not incorporating techniques like chicken pickin' or pedal steel flavored bends into your solos, then you're not speaking the same language. The material in this course will expose you to what I think are twelve essential techniques associated with lead country guitar playing. We will be covering chicken pickin', chicken pickin' triads, pickin' 3rds, pickin' 6th, banjo rolls, open string licks, flat picking, double stops, bending 3rds, bending 6ths, pedal steel guitar bends and lap steel guitar voicings.

Each chapter of this course is dedicated to an essential country guitar lead technique. The chapters are divided into four sections, each of which consists of two instrumental studies. For most of the techniques the first instrumental study will expose you to the concept and focus mostly on how the idea moves on the fret board. The second instrumental study will showcase many of the different ways these techniques can be embellished by the right and left hand. In some cases the sections will be divided into the two most common applications of the technique. All instrumental studies are followed by a breakdown. In the breakdowns, we'll talk about the mechanics of the technique, concepts associated with it and some basic theory.

The course is laid out in what l think is a thoughtful order but feel free to jump around, find a technique that speaks to you and dig in. Have fun with this one. Let's get started...