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Twang 101

Need some of that Nashville sound? Understand the basics of everything from rockabilly rhythm to flashy double stops and chicken pickin'.

ARTICLES

Twang 101: The Bakersfield Sound

November 24, 2018
Learn how to cop the trademark sounds of country music’s California rebels.
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Twang 101: Scotty Anderson’s Double-Stop Sorcery

September 15, 2018
Blazing double-stop licks and a unique picking style are hallmarks of one of today’s most underrated guitar pickers.
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Twang 101: Vince Gill

August 25, 2018
Very few country stars have the chops, skill, and taste of this award-winning picker, singer, and songwriter. Here’s a look at how to cop his cosmic Tele vibe.
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Twang 101: How to Solo over “Folsom Prison Blues”

July 28, 2018
Develop a strategy to methodically work through the changes of Johnny Cash’s classic jam.
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Twang 101: Nashville Studio Tricks

May 20, 2017
Behind every radio hit is a group of guitarists who've created ear-catching parts. Check out these tips and tricks used by some of Music City’s most in-demand sidemen.
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Twang 101: Swampy Blues

July 30, 2016
Can you invoke the soulful sound of blues guitar while keeping some country twang on hand?
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Twang 101: 6 Essential Pedal-Steel Bends

November 8, 2014
These finger-twisting licks are guaranteed to raise your twang factor.
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Twang 101: 8 Essential Double-Stop Licks

August 30, 2014
Here’s a handful of snappy licks that will help get you through your next gig.
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Twang 101: Travis Picking Essentials

October 19, 2013
Learn about the basic elements of Travis picking and learn how to apply this technique to songs you already know.
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Twang 101: Bending Through a Scale

August 31, 2013
Snake your way up and down the neck while using subtle, but effective, bends to imply different harmonies.
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Twang 101: Why You Should Care About Hybrid Picking

March 25, 2013
What in the heck is “hybrid picking” and why should you care? Learn how to unleash some picking-hand tricks, create open-string phrases and pedal-steel licks.
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Twang 101: Double-Stop Tricks

February 19, 2013
Combine hybrid picking, open strings, and some Nashville "snap" to get the most out of your double-stop licks.
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Twang 101: Western Swing Rhythm

November 22, 2011
Learn some common Western swing progressions and turnarounds to help you dive into this sub-genre of country and jazz.
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Twang 101: Blue Twang

October 4, 2011
In this lesson we will look at ways to add some twang to the blues scale.
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Twang 101: Pedal Steel Bends 101

August 24, 2011
In this lesson, we will look at pedal steel bends that are based out of common triad shapes.
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Twang 101: Chicken Pickin' Intervals

July 26, 2011
Understanding how the fretboard work horizontally was quite a revelation. It forced me to get away from position-based playing and actually think about the intervals between notes.
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Twang 101: Life in the Doghouse

June 29, 2011
In this month''s lesson we will beef up a Travis picking rhythm guitar part with bass fills.
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Twang 101: Truckerbilly Grooves

June 7, 2011
Truckerbilly tunes tend to tap into more of the "hillbilly" side of rockabilly. This lesson will give you some new ways to play over a shuffle.
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Twang 101: Bending Double-Stops

March 10, 2011
Pretty much every country guitarist who has picked up a Tele has squeezed two notes together to emulate pedal steel licks or slide guitar.
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Twang 101: Forward and Backward Rolls

February 3, 2011
Learn this style—adapted to country guitar from banjo players—that''ll give you more efficiency in your picking and a fuller sound.
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