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12 Bar Blues in the Style of Merle Haggard

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Lesson ID: A0181

In this guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play a 12 bar blues progression in the style of Merle Haggard. This is a progression that we’re borrowing from the old classic song “Blues Stay Away From Me” originally recorded by The Delmore Brothers. First, we’ll work through the main progression on guitar and then we’ll add some singing to it. After that, we’ll go over an easy country strumming pattern that you can use to play this entire song with cowboy chords. Finally, you’ll learn a bluesy guitar riff that you can play as a song ending and you’ll learn an easy riff that you can play at the beginning of the song.

Overview

Main Progression

Video 1 – Playthrough with Tablature

Video 2 – Full Breakdown

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Measures 1 through 4
02:16 min What is a triplet?
04:00 min Adding Staccato
05:43 min Measures 5 through 8
09:03 min Measures 9 through 12
14:13 min Practice the Progression With Me
15:55 min Let’s Add Some Vocals

Easier Strumming

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Ending Riff

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Intro Riff

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Backing Track

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Johnny Cash Style Rhythm and Fills

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Lesson ID: A0174

In this guitar lesson, we’ll work on some Johnny Cash style rhythm guitar. First we’ll go over a nice country strumming pattern and get some practice strumming over a country chord progression. Then we’ll add some Johnny Cash style bass line walks to the chord progression to help transition from one chord to the next. You’ll learn eight Johnny Cash style bass line walks with tablature on the screen. After that, you’ll learn two guitar scales that you can use to create your own country bass line walks and then we’ll get some practice using these scales to play longer Johnny Cash style fill riffs. Overall this is a great guitar lesson that will give you that traditional country sound on your acoustic guitar.

Overview

Strumming Pattern

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Strumming Pattern Breakdown
01:44 min Chord Embellishment over E Chord
03:20 min Alternating Bass Line over A Chord
03:59 min Alternating Bass Line over B7 Chord
04:48 min Practice Your Strumming with a Country Chord Progression

Bass Line Walks

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Bass Line Walk 1
00:40 min How to Use the Bass Line Walks in a Progression
02:10 min Bass Line Walk 2 and Extra Tips
03:27 min Bass Line Walk 3 and Extra Tips
05:20 min Bass Line Walk 4 and Extra Tips
07:16 min Bass Line Walks 5 through 8
07:27 min Progression Example with Bass Line Walks

Guitar Scales

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Guitar Scale 1 – How to Read Scale Charts and How to Play Scale 1
03:19 min Guitar Scale 2 – How to Play Scale 2 and Extra Tips
05:02 min How to Use These Two Guitar Scales in Country Music
09:45 min One More Example of How to Use These Two Guitar Scales

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Fill Riffs

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Fill Riff 1
01:06 min How to Use the Fill Riffs in a Progression
04:38 min Fill Riff 2
06:17 min Fill Riff 3
08:21 min Fill Riff 4
10:04 min Fill Riff 5
13:38 min Fill Riff 6
15:04 min Fill Riff 7
17:50 min Fill Riff 8

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Recommended Gear

Country Series Low Tension / Acoustic Guitar Strings

https://woodtonestrings.com/product/classic-triangle-pick-88mm-3-pack/

Hank Williams Style Strumming and Lead

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Lesson 18 – Rhythm Fill Riffs and Lead Guitar Course
Lesson ID: A0155

In this guitar lesson, you’ll learn three country strumming patterns that work great for classic country. Then we’ll practice the country strumming patterns over a couple of chord progressions in the style of the old classic song “Your Cheatin’ Heart” by Hank Williams. After we work through the rhythm guitar parts, we’ll switch gears and I’ll teach you a simple classic country guitar solo that you can play along with “Your Cheatin’ Heart”. Overall this is a great lesson for classic country strumming and lead guitar.

Lesson Overview

Strumming & Chords

Guitar Solo

Video 1 – Playthrough with Tablature

Video 2 – Full Breakdown

Jam Track

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Practice with Hank Williams

Practice this lesson’s strumming patterns and solo over the song “Your Cheatin’ Heart” by Hank Williams using the embedded player from Spotify. We’d highly recommend using Spotify for online radio. If you don’t have a Spotify account, click here to sign up free with your Facebook account or with an e-mail address.

Recommended Gear

Country Series Low Tension / Acoustic Guitar Strings

https://woodtonestrings.com/product/classic-triangle-pick-88mm-3-pack/

The Year That Clayton Delaney Died

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Lesson ID: A0168

In this country guitar lesson, we’ll work on a traditional country strumming pattern in the style of Tom T. Hall. First, I’ll show you a few common chords that are used all the time in classic country. Then, we’ll work on the country strumming pattern using these chords. After that, we’ll work through a chord progression that we’ll borrow from Tom T. Hall’s song called “The Year That Clayton Delaney Died“. Overall, this is a great guitar lesson to help you smooth out your traditional country strumming on an acoustic guitar.

Overview

Chords & Strumming

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min C/G Chord Explanation
01:16 min Strumming Pattern Breakdown
03:16 min F/C Chord Explanation
04:31 min Alternating Bass Line Notes over G Chord
05:21 min Practice Chord Progression
06:51 min Extra Tips

Guitar Riffs

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Intro Riff in the Style of Tom T. Hall
06:11 min Transitioning from Intro Riff to Main Chord Progression
08:10 min Bass Line Walk over C Chord
11:13 min Ending Riff in the Style of Tom T. Hall

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Example with Vocals

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Guitar Solo

Here’s a bonus guitar solo that you can play over the main progression from “The Year That Clayton Delaney Died”. Pay attention to how the licks are structured over the C, F, and G chords. Also, remember that you can slow down the Playthrough with Tablature video with the speed control feature on the video play bar.

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Listen

Listen to Tom T. Hall playing “The Year That Clayton Delaney Died”