cosmic country

Cory goes in-depth with the young shredder, who shares all about his many compelling viewpoints on jamming, and music on the whole.

"When you switch the gear of what you're operating on from the memorized information to the gear of intuitive, faithful response, it's a whole different frequency that's emitted from the hands and from the soul," country shredder Daniel Donato expresses on this episode of Wong Notes. He's talking about what makes for powerful improvisation, and if you know anything about the guitarist, you know this insight around the topic is coming from someone who's a master on their instrument.

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Nashville guitar sensation Daniel Donato shows you how to blend jazz-influenced licks with riffs inspired by the guitar’s twangy cousin.


Chops: Intermediate
Theory: Intermediate
Lesson Overview:
• Understand how to create variations on a motif.
• Learn how to alter a phrase to fit a chord.
• String together a series of motifs to create a solo.


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Let’s talk about motifs—short melodic ideas you can use as building blocks to craft a cohesive solo.

A soloist I’ve always admired is Billie “Tiny” Moore, who played electric mandolin with Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. (Rather than the typical dual-course, 8-string mando we associate with bluegrass, Moore played his Gibsons as single-course, 4-string instruments and later wielded a custom 5-string solidbody made by Paul Bigsby.)

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