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Country Guitar For
Let's learn the lead guitar riffs from the Lesson Sample first, then we'll work
on the rhythm part. This lesson is in the key of G. The solo riffs are made
mostly from the G major pentatonic scale:
The intro is a combination of 3 different riffs. The first riff is taken right
from the G major pentatonic scale:
Try playing this riff along to this jam track:
The next riff is also made from the G major pentatonic, this time a little
different finger pattern:
Here's the second riff which uses the G maj pent pattern you just
Try playing riff 1 and riff 2 back to back with the jam track.
Notice for riff 2 I have a combination of hammer-ons and pull-offs, not over
doing any one element.
Lyle: The 3rd riff in the intro is made up from a
riff you learned earlier in this series of lessons. It is made from a major
pentatonic that changes or follows each chord during the progression:
Lyle: Here's a video of the complete solo:
Half way through the Lesson Sample you'll hear all 3 solo riffs played one at a
time. Here's a jam tracks of all 3 solo riffs played together.
Allman Bros sounding.
Lyle: Yes, they used the major pentatonic scale
for that southern country sound.
Lyle: Let's take a look at the rhythm guitar part
which is made from just three chords:
There are several ways to finger the G chord, this is a good way to do it when
playing a combination of G, F's, and C's because it keeps your fingers and wrist
in the same basic position for easy changing.
Each chord in the progression or Lesson Sample has a hammer-on riff to go with
it. Here's the hammer-on riff for the G chord:
Now try doing this with the F and C chords:
The chord progression goes like this:
Lyle: Now put all the hammer-on riffs in order
you're using an electric guitar, make sure you have the amp set to a clean
Lyle: This rhythm riff will sound good on an
acoustic guitar too.
Lyle: Now you can use this riff to play along to
the looping jam track. See if you can play all the riffs from memory along to
the jam track.
Lyle: Any questions?
coral: Are there lyrics to go with this too?
I think so...I'll try to find them...
Lyle: Lyrics: "My ____ died yesterday, My ____
ran away, My ___ stopped working, I guess I'll sing about it."
Well that's all for this lesson. See you next time!
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