brad paisley

"It's maybe the most important thing to me that the solos [I record] are things that I haven't done a million times," country guitarist and singer/songwriter Brad Paisley shares on this episode of Shred With Shifty. "That's getting harder and harder to do." But as Paisley walks host Chris Shiflett through his solo on "Mud on the Tires," the centerpiece of the interview, it's clear that Paisley can improvise melodies that don't necessarily need to clear that bar in order to hook and make a lasting impression on his listeners.

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Here’s how to create ripping pull-off licks, percussive rhythm riffs, and melodic lead lines inspired by one of Nashville’s hottest Tele players.

Chops: Intermediate
Theory: Beginner
Lesson Overview:
• Discover backward pick scrapes.
• Create blistering pull-off licks.
• Develop faux G-bender phrases.
Click here to download a printable PDF of this lesson's notation.

When you listen to Brad Paisley play guitar, you feel two things. The first is unmitigated joy at the creativity and expression in his playing. But then the second creeps in, which is frustration over not understanding what he does.

I’ve felt those things, and over years of hacking away at solo after solo I’ve noticed some of Brad’s patterns and habits. Some are as difficult as they sound, but many of them are actually within reach of us mortals. Let’s focus on some of Brad’s signature techniques that we can adapt to our own playing right away.

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