Watch the D Country Shuffle online guitar lesson by Johnny Hiland from Ten Gallon Guitar: Intros, Outros & Turnarounds

Next, we're moving on to a shuffle in the key of D. When I think of a good country shuffle, it's another thing that makes my heart just pitter patter, because I love traditional country music. The first thing I think of when I think of a country shuffle is Ray Price, you know, "Crazy Arms", or Ferrin Young's music. A lot of great country shuffles back in the day.

So, what we're doing here is a 41-51-11. Now you're thinking that's a lot of numbers. It is, but it's really not that hard to think about. This is because you're starting in the 4, not on the root chord. Instantly, I want to look back at the drummer and ask him what's up. He'll usually say, "I'm going to give you a 3, 4, 1, 2..." and you've got two pickup notes because you have to lead in to the chord that the song is starting on. Or, it could be a 6 count (1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2...). Just because a drummer changes up his count, doesn't mean your pickup notes change, but it can confuse you if you're not familiar with that drummer.

Intros, outros, and turnarounds are something that I've always struggled with, and I continually practice this myself. So, don't feel bad if you have to keep going back to rehearse and review before you're comfortable with these things. Let's get started!