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Watch the Working Man Style Techniques online guitar lesson by Johnny Hiland from Ten Gallon Guitar: Rhythm

Now we'll talk about one of my favorite rhythms—the rhythm for "Working Man Blues," a Merle Haggard tune that's a favorite of any country player. It's usually played in A, however we'll learn it in B here to help us with the percussive aspects. There are two distinct parts being played here, the chord being on the bottom strings with your fingers, and the second percussive part being picked up top.

Next, we'll move it back into A and listen to how it's usually played. I'll demonstrate a few licks that you can use with this rhythm part and how to move it around to different positions on the neck. Just remember, if you want to use filler licks with the rhythm part you have to really nail the percussive part to make it work!