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.