Watch the Chicken Pickin' online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Play Country Guitar 10: Advanced Soloing Approaches

In this first section, you'll dig into one of the mainstays of country music - chicken pickin. This is a technique that you have heard many artists do, so it is not only fun, it's essential

TIP! Soloing is more than just licks. You need to understand the correlation between phrasing, melody and harmony. Becoming a good soloist is as much if not more mental than physical.

When you are working on various soloing concepts, ask yourself questions like - What chords will this approach work over? What groove or feel does this solo fit best over? What is the best note choice for this part? How can I get from here to there in the solo? Are there other scale options? Does my solo have a beginning, a middle and an end? - Or am I just rambling on.

Asking yourself these questions as you are beginning to build up your soloing chops will help make sure you are really thinking about what you are playing and working on. If you put in the time on this now, it will eventually lead you to the ultimate place for soloists where you won't have to think about any of it at all - you just play!