Playing a pink Paisley Tele through vintage amps with multiple delays, Paisley has re-ignited country soloing. By combining wide intervals and chromaticism with pizzazz, he has enticed us to pry at how he’s pulling it off.

Chops: Intermediate
Theory: Intermediate
Lesson Overview:
• Develop a fluid hybrid-picking technique.
• Combine major and minor pentatonic scales.
• Create lines that feature open-string pull-offs, chromaticism, and banjo rolls.

Brad Paisley has won the hearts and minds of country fans with his passionate vocal delivery, a tongue-in-cheek slant on the human condition, and an off-the-wall guitar style to match. Winning multiple ACMs as a vocalist and entertainer for the past decade, he is now also recognized as a guitar giant by having won a Grammy for the pickin’ party instrumental “Cluster Pluck.” On that cut he plays to-to-toe with veritable veterans of the Nashville session scene while ripping off solos that mix jazz awareness, rock passion, and country twang. Oh yeah, he also has astonishing technical facilities on par with Eddie Van Halen. So, if you want an answer to the “What’s that?” aspect of his guitar style, you’re in the right place.

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Learn a few of the techniques that have taunted our ears, muddled our minds, and focused our phalanges for decades.

Chops: Intermediate
Theory: Intermediate
Lesson Overview:
• Create new drop-2 chord shapes from close-voiced triads.
• Learn how to use the hexatonic scale.
• Develop a more accurate right hand with string-skipping and hybrid-picking techniques.

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