Hi, I'm Mischa Den Haring and welcome to 50 Alternative Roots Licks You Must Know. What we nowadays call alternative roots music is actually a mix of traditional styles in a new jacket and played with a twist. Bands like The Black Keys, Jack White, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Calexico, and Gary Clark Jr. are influenced by styles like blues, country, surf, and rock & roll. They play it with an intense energy and attitude that appeals to many and gets people rockin'!
We'll look at some original licks, parts of existing material, and authentic classics that will give you some insight into different approaches to playing alternative roots music. I'll show you how to play cross rhythms as well as traditional country licks played with an edge and attitude. We'll also dig into tone, phrasing, dynamics, feel, and the use of effects like fuzz, reverb, tremolo, echo, and vibrato. And of course, all these licks come with backing tracks and tabs for you to use at home. Let's dig in!