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Watch the Ten Gallon Guitar online guitar lesson by Johnny Hiland from Ten Gallon Guitar

Hello everybody, I’m Johnny Hiland and welcome to Ten Gallon Guitar. Music makes me smile and I absolutely and sincerely love to teach and I’ve wanted to do this course for a number of years. I’ve been a huge TrueFire fan, and I want to share all of the licks and many scales and fun things that I do and everything I’ve learned from my mentors, from Danny Gatton to Albert Lee and stuff the I’ve picked up on my own. I just wanted to pay it forward in a good chicken pickin’ fashion.

I’ve organized this course into two sections. In section one, we’re going to talk about what makes chicken pickin’ what it is and I’m going to take you back through every little thing that I’ve learned throughout the years which has let me become the artist that I am today. Being born legally blind, I wasn’t able to watch videos, like you guys can or read tablature, so I’ve had to learn a lot of things on my own. I’m going to open myself up directly to you, and cover things like the high-low/low-high pattern that I’ve come up with. But, then we are also going to get back into the chicken pickin’ elements like open string licks, double stops, to where you can find chord shapes using the double stops, steel guitar bends and I’ll get to teach you so you can use your volume knob to do some steel guitar swells to make it sound like a true steel guitar. You will be able to check out my gear and we’re going to have a whole bunch of fun!

In section two, we are going to take all of the knowledge we gained in section one and we’re going to put it to good use over 10 band tracks I’ve created just for this course. I got to play acoustic guitar, some bass and some drums. I’ve created these on my own and I know we are going to have a blast. We’ve covered so many genres from traditional Country to modern Rock and country and we’ve jumped into some western swing and some blues, and of course hard rock.

We’re going to start off with a good mid-tempo country track in the key of D. We’re going to fire it up with nice fast ripen train beat song in the key of A. Grooves can certainly change the way you approach a solo, so let’s take that same ripen track in the key of A and add a half-time groove to it. Shuffles are definitely an intricate part of the tradition of chicken pickin’, so we’re going to look at country shuffle in the key of D. I’ll pull out my new arch-top guitar and we’ll play some western swing together in the key of Danny Gatton was definitely my inspiration in bringing ringing rockabilly forth in this course. We’re going to look at a rockabilly track in the key of E. Chicken pickin’ can be used in other genres outside of country. So, we’re going to look at a blues track in the key of B. Getting in the jam with guys like Sammy Hagar and Steve Vai certainly showed me you can use chicken pickin’ in hard rock, so we’re going to do a hard rock track in the key of A. We’re going to look at a funky track in the key of C, where we are going to combine chicken pickin’ with blues, rock licks, and a whole bunch of other great stuff. And, we are defiantly going to take a look at modern country, which is where we combine chicken pickin’ licks with a bit of edgy rock tone to it. So we are going to end the band section with a country rock track in the key of C.

Everything will be transcribed, tabbed and notated and you will also get the short and long versions of the band tracks so you can have just as much fun as your heart desires. We’ll enough talking folks, its time to throw on your cowboy hats, put on your boots on, grab your axes cause it is time to have some fun.