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The Year That Clayton Delaney Died

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.


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

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5 years ago

Cool song. Remember my dad singing it when I was a kid. Are you gonna add a solo lead break as that would be cool too?

5 years ago
Reply to  Devin

Be awesome if you could buddy. It’s my mom’s 80th in a few weeks. My 2 brothers and I are playing a spot for her. We are trying to do all the songs my late father sang so this could on the list.
Cheers keep up the good work

5 years ago

Good song to practice. Like the details you put on at this song…thanks Devin!

5 years ago

Wow! I was surprised to see this available so quickly. I’m delighted! Thanks, Devin.

5 years ago

Thanks for the solo, sounds great!

4 years ago

This is a song I was looking for. So great. Thanks for the detailed explanations regarding strumming, riffs, base line walks and solo. I watch the videos again and again and I’m learning a lot. I’ts hard work for me, but I love to learn a song from a to z with intro, verse, base line walks and ending. Thank you Devin.

3 years ago

I like that swingy alternating bass strum.

Jean Galou
Jean Galou(@galou)
3 years ago

I liked learning that solo very much! thanks Devin

Melanie Marrotte
3 years ago

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