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Watch the Chicken Pickin': Study 2 online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Play Country Guitar 10: Advanced Soloing Approaches

Chicken Pickin': Study 2 - Introduction is a video guitar lesson presented by Jason Loughlin and is sourced from Country Guitar Survival Guide: Lead Edition.


This variation includes some licks inspired by three of my favorite guitarists, Danny Gatton, Chet Atkins and James Burton. Just seeing their names together in a sentence is inspiring. We are going to incorporate double stops and chord shapes into our chicken pickin'. I first heard Chet Atkins rake through a chord on his solo in Yakety Axe. I've since heard Danny Gatton use this technique on countless solos. It's such a great sound and it takes little effort. My favorite combination!

One of the other key licks in this instrumental is one that James Burton uses quite a bit. It has become one his 'calling card' licks. We are going to be bending one note of a double stop and slowly releasing the bend as we pick back and forth between the two notes. James does this with a thumb pick and fingerpick on the index finger. It cuts right through the band. We are going to be learning it with just the flat pick and the index. You can hear James using this lick on a lot of his leads. Check out his solo on Emmylou Harris's version of Ooh Las Vegas.