Watch the A Chicken Pickin' Half Time online guitar lesson by Johnny Hiland from Ten Gallon Guitar
That one moved by pretty fast, even though it had the half time groove. Let me just walk you through this, I know from the A perspective, I used chromatics and pentatonics to get me up. Then I did something similar to a bending thing that I showed you how to do with chords in section 1. Then moving to D, I used the D open scale again. I didn't follow it down to the first fret, I stayed up in the 7th fret area. Now I let the E drone on in the bottom and then I moved it all the way up. Then from there, I did an open kind of thing. Then I did the open string lick and then I hammered on into this little bendy thing where you can get chimy with it. If you hammered on with harmonics, you can do some pretty cool stuff with that. Starting the second half, I did the open A lick that you heard in the first section. I played it a little differently; I didn't chromatically walk up that time. I walked it down, and then I did more of a steel guitar thing, a few little double stops to where I just moved by way around. Everything is still playing in tune with that high-low-low-high pattern. With the half time groove, I like to get into that low drone classic country feel to where I hammered on. This is similar to the classic country, but droning on the low E. I brought it home in A. I did things where I could just move it around. That just gives you a little of an overview. Nothing majorly different from the last one, except that the beat and groove did change as well as the approach. That's what I really want you to know. When you hear the drummer play a different groove, that can you affect the way you think and how you play and the affect you're going to have when you play. I know a cool half time groove gets me really excited and gets me into the Jerry Reed mood, that's where you hear me do a lot of those things. All Jerry Reed would do is he would take those things I was showing you with the bending, he would bend on the 7th position and pull that off to the 5th fret G and B and then A. That's kind of an old classic Jerry Reed thing that everybody asks for. I have a dear friend of mine who asks how do you get the jerry reed thing well that's how you do it. There are so many cool things within classic country. For example that classic jerry reed thing I just showed or when Don Rich would play and Buck Owens Band. Just some cool licks like that. All I'm doing is playing at a G, so I'm hitting the low root note and then the high one. Then he'd slide from the C to the D on the A string 3rd to 5th fret, and then he'd grab the flat 7 note which is an F note on the D string 3rd fret and then you would get the Don Rich sound. Then you could play that steel lick that I taught you. Then you have the total classic country sound. And I don't care how fast you play, or how technical you can get within your playing, anytime you can pay homage true traditional country music, it's always wonderful thing. It's guys like Jerry Reed and Don Rich who have paved the way for guys like me to do what we do. There you have it folks. That Jerry Reed sound had a lot to do with the half time groove you just felt. I hope you enjoyed this one. I sure did.