Watch the Knowing Your Drummer online guitar lesson by Johnny Hiland from Ten Gallon Guitar: Intros, Outros & Turnarounds

Before we dig in to the meat of this course, the first thing I'd like to do is tell you about things that you need to know in dealing with intros, turnarounds, and outros. The first thing is that jamming in your woodshed is fine, but when you get in a band context, the first thing you need to do is getting to know your drummer. Most people will say, "It's really important for the bass player and drummer to have a great camaraderie," which is true, and also that the singer and guitar player have to have great camaraderie as well, because the singer lays out the melody of the song, and our job is to accentuate it. But, the most important thing that you can do as a musician is to get to know your drummer and learn how they count.

For example, when I first moved to Nashville, I didn't realize that people would jump on stage anytime they wanted to and sing a song that I've never heard of. So, I had no idea how to jump into the intro of a song without knowing the drummer's count off. That really got me in a bunch of trouble, so I want to save you and teach you how to learn drummer counts. So, again: Get to know your drummer, and learn how he counts.