Play Like Paisley!

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.
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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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