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12 Bar Blues with a Country Twang

Lesson 16 – Rhythm Fill Riffs and Lead Guitar Course
Lesson ID: A0148

In this country guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play a variation of the 12 bar blues that has a country & bluegrass twang. In both arrangements below, we’ll use triplets to spice up our country fills and we’ll also replace strumming with crosspicking in certain measures to make our rhythm sound even more country. These country 12 bar blues progressions are in the key of G and you can use the fill riffs that we’re studying in this guitar lesson with a bunch of other country & bluegrass songs. Pay close attention to how we’re structuring each country guitar lick around the rhythm chords.

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Playthrough with Tablature

Video 1 – First Round Playthrough

Video 2 – Second Round Playthrough

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Full Breakdown

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Video 2 – Second Round Breakdown

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Collin
Collin(@collin)
4 years ago

Brilliant as always! Thanks Devin

Jocelyn Beauregard
Jocelyn Beauregard(@jocelyn)
4 years ago

Fabulous Devin!

Scott Lathan
Scott Lathan (@guest_1375)
4 years ago

This is awesome Devin, as usual. Love the crosspicking mixed with strumming and it’s doable with some practice. Good work!

John
John(@johnmyhandymangmail-com)
4 years ago

Terrific ,enjoying this last couple hours today.. this is fun country 12 bar with a lot of half step takeaways

Glenn
Glenn (@guest_1002709)
4 years ago

Best teaching I have found online! Keep it up!

Carole
Carole(@cselin305gmail-com)
4 years ago

I’m familiar with blues songs but not country blues songs. Can you name some country songs that would use this style of playing ?

winetheif
winetheif(@winetheifgmail-com)
4 years ago

Great lesson, Thanks a lot.

Grant
Grant(@hotbluegrasslicksgmail-com)
4 years ago

Thanks Devin. I can’t tell you how much I am enjoying the lessons. Keep up the great work.

nemo
nemo(@nemo)
3 years ago

more 12 bar stuff please

Jason
Jason(@silvereliminator04hotmail-com)
3 years ago
Reply to  nemo

I second the motion.

naskorhan
naskorhan(@naskorhanlive-com)
3 years ago

I can’t wait to start this lesson Devin awesome
Sound.

naskorhan
naskorhan(@naskorhanlive-com)
3 years ago

Great lesson as always.

naskorhan
naskorhan(@naskorhanlive-com)
3 years ago

All six of these turn around licks sound great thanks Devin for the lessons.

naskorhan
naskorhan(@naskorhanlive-com)
3 years ago

I’ve noticed that a lot of these licks your using are what I’m trying to learn in other lessons.

naskorhan
naskorhan(@naskorhanlive-com)
3 years ago

I was wondering if you were going to have more cross picking lessons?

Jocelyn Beauregard
Jocelyn Beauregard(@jocelyn)
3 years ago

I like that kind of music, bluesy sound!

blurgh
blurgh(@blurghgmail-com)
3 years ago

key of G. whats the tuning – EADGBE?

cheers
Tony

fransverboom
fransverboom(@fransverboomgmail-com)
3 years ago

Great lesson Devin ! Thanks a lot

Jocelyn
Jocelyn(@jocelyn)
3 years ago

Amazing arregements and really fun to play…thanks Devin!

Birgit
Birgit(@b-scholbebluewin-ch)
2 years ago

Hello Devin
Yesterday I asked you in an e-mail regarding a lesson you removed from your site. This lesson is one of your proposals I should give a try. And what can I say: You really helped me. That’s exactly what I want to learn. So beautiful melodies with strumming and flatpicking. And excellent explanations. Thanks a lot.

bflippen
bflippen(@bflippenme-com)
2 years ago

Great lesson Devin….one question. You obviously put a lot of work into annotating down and up picking. There are time where my natural inclination is to do the picking slightly different than the annotation. How important is following you pick direction annotations exactly as shown?

Thanks!

bflippen
bflippen(@bflippenme-com)
2 years ago
Reply to  Devin

Thanks Devin. I noticed my natural inclination for pick direction deviated from your annotations mostly on measure 19 and 20. I’m slowing down and using your approach exactly…..heck, learning a new approach tends to give me benefits in the rest of my playing. I’ve already noticed that playing this song has made me a better picker on some songs I learned months ago. Thanks again !