Watch the Char-Lee online guitar lesson by TrueFire from Play Country Guitar 9: Advanced Lick Vocabulary

Char-Lee - Lick 20 is a video guitar lesson presented by Ray Nijenhuis and is sourced from 50 Western Swing Licks You MUST Know.


Many of the pioneering electric guitarists borrowed licks from horn players. Now they could finally be heard and weren't limited to playing rhythm in the background anymore. In the late 30s and early 40s Charlie Christian who hailed from Oklahoma and the western swing players in the neighbor state of Texas had a lot in common: the use of single note runs and arpeggios combined with added chromatics for example.