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Watch the Strategy 2: Work the Style online guitar lesson by Jon Herington from Ear IQ: Soloing Strategies

What strikes me here is the sort of plaintive quality of the music. It has a kind of Americana vibe, a bit of a folky character. The lyrics are about longing for lost love after a great flood, and they have a folky, Americana quality, too. So, when it came time to play a guitar solo on this song I naturally gravitated toward a fairly clean, almost country style sound - a Telecaster on the treble pickup - a single coil sound. Just making that choice of style was enough to get the ideas flowing, because there are so many very particular sonic elements and so many particular guitar playing techniques that are unique to the country style.