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Lessons: Country

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Digging Deeper: Jimmy Bryant

December 30, 2017
Learn how one of the original country shredders broke the rules and created some of the most frenetic and crazed country solos of his time.
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When Do I Use Distortion?

October 21, 2017
Distortion isn’t a bad thing, but there is an epidemic sweeping the nation that you’re not going to hear about on the 6 o’clock news, and it’s a mass dependence on hard-clipped soundwaves.
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Play Like Paisley!

September 16, 2017
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.
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Jerry Reed’s Red-Hot Picking

September 2, 2017
An in-depth look at the techniques used by one of the most influential fingerstyle guitarists of all time.
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Keith Urban’s Country-Rock Wizardry

March 18, 2017
There’s more hiding behind those perfect locks and designer jeans than you’d think. Let’s break down some of the country superstar’s signature techniques.
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Cosmic Country: Decoding Mando Motifs

November 5, 2016
Nashville guitar sensation Daniel Donato shows you how to blend jazz-influenced licks with riffs inspired by the guitar’s twangy cousin.
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Western Swing 101

October 29, 2016
Country, jazz, and blues meld in one of America’s most treasured musical genres.
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What Bohlinger Plays: Magic Triad Pull-Offs

October 11, 2016
PG's John Bohlinger brings along his trusty robot drummer and walks us through Albert Lee-inspired three-note licks you can adapt to a variety of rhythms, tempos, and styles.
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Beyond Blues: 10 Twang Tips for “Workin’ Man Blues”

August 13, 2016
Inject your blues with a healthy dose of twang.
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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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What Bohlinger Plays: Scotty Moore-Style Banjo Rollin'

March 29, 2016
The Lee Brice sideman straps on a stunning Gretsch White Falcon and shows you how to invoke Elvis Presley’s legendary sideman with a series of galloping pull-offs you can use in I–IV–V progressions.
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Cosmic Country: Finger Rolls

February 27, 2016
Crank out rapid-fire licks by taking inspiration from the banjo.
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Cosmic Country: Spanky Double-Stops

November 7, 2015
Up your twang factor by exploring this fundamental country technique.
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What Bohlinger Plays: Hybrid-Picking Double-Stop Chromaticism

September 23, 2015
In this installment, the Lee Brice sideman pairs sophisticated-sounding chromatic-scale moves with a hybrid-picking technique you can easily move around the fretboard for a unique sound in a variety of styles and keys.
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Cosmic Country: Get Rhythm!

August 29, 2015
Get your hands around a few essential styles of country rhythm guitar.
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Cosmic Country: A Bad Case of the Bends

April 4, 2015
From crying pedal-steel sounds to aggressive, bluesy squeals, bending a string is all about feeling.
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Cosmic Country: Ghost (Notes) in the Machine

January 17, 2015
One of Nashville’s young guns offers a primer on an essential technique.
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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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Pluck ’Em! A Crash Course in Country Guitar

September 20, 2014
Grab a Tele and dig into this comprehensive look at the art of twang.
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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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