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

Americana has become a safe haven for all American roots music. Blues, country, rockabilly, or folk inspired songwriting is now considered Americana. I've made a grittier track for this study because I think a lot of the approaches being used here can also be applied to modern country rock soloing. First, the guitar sound is more distorted but still clear. There are three harmonic concepts I'm using: the blues scale, the sliding pentatonic using 2nds, and outlining arpeggios. To evoke the country sound, I'll be using double stops, bending double stops, and hybrid picking. The rhythm track is in drop D and filled out with bluesy lap steel licks.