Watch the Tex Mex Solo online guitar lesson by Jason Loughlin from Essentials: Country Soloing Styles

The southern California and Texas country sound has always had elements of Mexican music. A lot of this comes from the rhythm section with the drummer playing sidestick, maracas shaking, and the bass player on beat one and the upbeat of beat two. As soloists, we'll be running through scales, using the eighth two sixteenth rhythm, tremolo picking to imitate mandolin, diminished arpeggios on V chords, and using half set approach double stops. The track is in D and has a couple clich├ęs in the progressions. The major VII leading into the I and a IV to iv to and I chord are both common sounds for the Tex-Mex genre.