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Johnny Cash Style Rhythm and Fills

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.


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

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4 years ago

Been awaiting this one!
Love how you teach styles, not songs only!

4 years ago

Excellent explanations!

4 years ago

Very helpful! Thank you : )

4 years ago

I’ve been a member now for 3 weeks and have learned more in that time than I did with another online course in 3 years. Devin you’re very well spoken and outline the courses really really well.. Thank you

Jeff Miller
Jeff Miller(@jam10191963)
4 years ago

Thank you Devin. You have tied years of trying to learn guitar together into something that really makes sense….scales and chords. Great teacher. Awesome. Jeff

C White
C White(@g)
4 years ago

I just signed up. I’ve really had a lot of fun with the lessons during this crazy time. I hope more keep coming out.

4 years ago

Love your lessons and your style. Could you do a lesson and post tabs for ‘Dust In The Wind’, by Kansas sometime?

4 years ago

Curious Devin when do you use a bass walk down vs using a riff or is it purely about mixing it up?

Tomáš Kolodzej
3 years ago

Thank you very much for your hard work. It’s excellent explanation. I’m showing your video lessons to my students. Some of them are going to subscribe.

Jean Campbell
Jean Campbell(@jcampbell)
2 years ago

At last I got the hammer