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Chord Fills with the Hybrid Country Bluegrass Scale

Lesson 6 – Rhythm Fill Riffs and Lead Guitar Course
Lesson ID: A0094

Now let’s make your fills sound even more country! In the previous lessons of this series, we’ve seen how the 5th position key of G major and blues scales overlap. The next step is to combine these scales into a “hybrid” country/bluegrass scale. See the Charts tab below for a diagram of this hybrid scale.

In video 1 of this post, I’ll break down the scales and give you some extra pointers on how you can start to combine the major and blues scales. In video 2, we’ll go over several nice bass note chord transition fills that use this hybrid country scale.

Hybrid Scale

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Lesson Overview
00:52 min Hybrid Scale Breakdown
07:51 min Creating Chord Transition Fills

Fill Riffs

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Video Overview
01:35 min Progression Round 1 – All the Way Through with Tablature
02:04 min Progression Round 1 – Detailed Breakdown
08:33 min Progression Round 2 – Detailed Breakdown
12:12 min Progression Round 2 – All the Way Through with Tablature
12:36 min Progression Round 3 – Detailed Breakdown
16:44 min Progression Round 3 – All the Way Through with Tablature
17:12 min Progression Round 4 – All the Way Through with Tablature
18:01 min Progression Round 4 – Detailed Breakdown

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Tim Miller
Tim Miller(@tim)
7 years ago

Thanks for all the detail and hard work on this one Devin. Great lesson! I’m really enjoying this course.

George Lange
George Lange(@georgeanddoris66hotmail-com)
6 months ago
Reply to  Tim Miller

I agree

Mark (@guest_363)
7 years ago

Still really liking these lessons. Keep them coming!

Jacob (@guest_364)
7 years ago

Awesome lesson thanks man!

Greg Harper
Greg Harper (@guest_367)
7 years ago

Such a good lesson

robert runninger
robert runninger(@robertrun4172)
7 years ago

your a great teacher devin. thank you for making theses lessons possible.

George Lange
George Lange(@georgeanddoris66hotmail-com)
6 months ago

You are correct

Jennifer (@guest_381)
7 years ago

Thanks 🙂

Aiden (@guest_398)
7 years ago

Thanks! This is starting to make sense how to get that country sound

7 years ago

Finnally someone to teach me in a way I can understand. Thanks Devin. 🙂

George Lange
George Lange(@georgeanddoris66hotmail-com)
6 months ago
Reply to  john

So true

7 years ago

So after having spent a few days, I’m really enjoying the course. I think you do an excellent job of patiently teaching both the techniques and the theory. The only thing I’d like to see you add is a full demonstration, without pausing. For instance, in this lesson tag on a video of you playing the entire four rounds, at speed or maybe slowed down just a hair, for people to practice all of them in context. Just a thought (and I know, more work for you). That said, this was money well spent.

7 years ago

relatively new picker here and sometimes when i have trouble with pull-offs or hammer’s.. i find it easier (a lot easier) to jst pick straight thru them. I’m thinking that after i learn the lick (or song) up to speed… i can always go back and work on those pull offs. The up/down pick strokes seem to fall in the same place either way… but i wonder if this is a bad idea? i mean, i’d hate to be making things harder for myself further on down the road?

6 years ago
Reply to  Devin

I had the same question. I thought I’d be messing myself up if I picked straight through. Thanks, and I will practice picking through as well as ‘ho’ and ‘po’. Good question.

6 years ago

Question 1 – Can you recommend a G Major Country jam track that can be used to practice along with your G – C – D – G chord progressions?
And Question 2 – if I use a G Major jam track, can I use ALL three scales – G Major, G Minor and G Minor Pentatonic?

6 years ago
Reply to  Devin

Really appreciate the thorough reply – very helpful.
How would I go about downloading the backing track so I can save for future sessions?

6 years ago
Reply to  Devin

Understand. Just as a FYI – if the jam track was available as a download – there are a number of audio packages that can play the track at various speeds based on percentages – so 50% or 120%. They also can play and loop between two points which help in terms of practicing a particular section of the music.

5 years ago

i can’t wait to be able to just play licks when i want. I have put lots of time in learning scales of all types. The problem is when it comes my turn to play a solo it sounds like I’m practicing scales. I’m trying to break out of this.

Jocelyn Beauregard
Jocelyn Beauregard(@jocelyn)
5 years ago

Progression 4 thé bar with D is so nice…thanks Devin….so fun to play!

5 years ago

Ive been playing for over 50 years and have even played in bands but never got past the rhythm section. After a few lessons here with you I have confidence Im not going to be embarrassed in the parking lot, in the very near future

5 years ago

“Look at this piece of sheet music..”
lol dude. Can’t help myself,
Phenomenal lesson, man!
Feel free to delete.
Your lessons own!

4 years ago

Loving this stuff and I’m happy with your ramblin’ as it’s pointing to where we’re going with this. It’s very much how I learned when I was a boy – we’d sit around and jam and someone would show everyone else something one of the older kids had taught them and we’d incorporate that in our playing. Only this is taking it one step further so we understand where it all comes from and can therefore improvise our own licks etc. Wish I’d taken it all a bit more seriously as a kid but that’s life! Thanks.

3 years ago

Wirklich ganz ganz toll!!!

Steven Yarosh
Steven Yarosh(@yarosh)
1 year ago

Thanks for being such a great teacher. I’m getting it, a little at a time.