Twang 101

It’s all about melody, reverb, and loud amps.

Beginner

Beginner

• Explore fundamental twangy guitar techniques.

• Learn what gear provides that magical twangy sound.

• Discover how to create your own instrumental guitar versions of timeless folks songs.

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Unlike many of my previous lessons for Premier Guitar, where I’ve broken down techniques into discrete parts, this time I’ve chosen to emulate many of the legends of the 1950s and ’60s by arranging classic folk melodies for twang guitar. For instance, in 1959 Johnny and the Hurricanes recorded the folk tune “Red River Valley” under the name “Red River Rock,” which the Ventures later covered. The Ventures also recorded the Bahamian folk tune “Sloop John B,” Roy Clark recorded “Weepin’ Willow Twist” (his version of the old-time/bluegrass standard “Bury Me Under the Weeping Willow Tree”), and, of course, there’s Dick Dale’s version of “Miserlou,” an Eastern Mediterranean folk melody. Thus, I’m following in their footsteps. Each piece features highlighted twang characteristics such as bends, hammer-ons, whammy bar technique, and effects.

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A twisted look at how to up the twang factor on your next solo.

Intermediate

Beginner

  • Develop a more intervallic approach to double-stops
  • Create ear-twisting, tension-filled solos.
  • Understand how to imply chords with only a few notes.
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In this lesson, we are going to cover a super important and very common technique. Double-stops are one of the pillars for defining a country guitar sound. I'll break down ways to approach this technique from an intervallic standpoint. If you feel it will require too much theory, don't worry… we won't go down that rabbit hole very far.

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The riffs, the fills, the tones. What's not to love?

Intermediate

Beginner

  • Understand how to craft melodic licks in the style of Brent Mason, Pete Anderson, and others.
  • Create flowing open-string licks.
  • Learn how to combine blues with bluegrass.
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Mainstream country music in the '90s was a guitar-lover's dream. Nearly every tune on the radio was full of tasty fills and ripping—but short—solos. The most prominent session player during this time was Brent Mason, whose car primer gray Tele became as iconic as the parts he crafted.

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