Lesson 2 – Country & Bluegrass Rhythm Course
Lesson ID: A0103

In the previous lesson of this course, I taught y’all one of the most important strumming patterns in country and bluegrass music. We also discussed how to use alternating bass notes with several different chords and we practiced strumming with a common country and bluegrass chord progression.

In this lesson, we’re going to practice this country strumming pattern using the song “Forever And Ever, Amen” by Randy Travis. This song is a great practice tool because it’s played at a relatively slow pace and the lyrics aren’t too difficult to learn. We’ll go over all of the song’s chord progressions and I’ll give you some important strumming tips as we work through the lesson.

Lesson Overview

Country Strumming in the Style of Randy Travis - Guitar Lesson Tutorial - Forever and Ever Amen

Chords & Strumming

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Overview
01:38 min Alternating Bass Line over the D Major Chord
02:48 min Alternating Bass Line over the G Major Chord
03:31 min Alternating Bass Line over the E Major Chord
04:34 min Alternating Bass Line over the A Major Chord
05:10 min Alternating Bass Line over the B Minor Chord
06:07 min Counting the Strumming Pattern

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Chord Progressions

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Intro Chord Progression
01:58 min Verse #1 Chord Progression Without Singing
03:44 min Verse #1 Chord Progression With Singing
05:27 min Chorus #1 Chord Progression Without Singing
07:05 min Chorus #1 Chord Progression With Singing
08:07 min Instrumental Break
08:47 min Verse #2 and Chorus #2 Recap
09:23 min Ending Chord Progression

Note: Watch the “Intermediate Breakdown” video for a faster-paced overview of the song’s chord progressions.

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Intermediate Breakdown

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Intro Chord Progression
00:51 min Verse #1 Chord Progression With Singing
02:28 min Chorus #1 Chord Progression With Singing
03:23 min Instrumental Break
04:04 min Verse #2 and Chorus #2 Recap
04:41 min Ending Chord Progression

Note: This intermediate video shows a faster-paced breakdown of the song’s chord progressions.

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Listen

Listen to “Forever And Ever, Amen” by Randy Travis below using the embedded player from Spotify. I’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.