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.

Overview

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overview-year-that-clayton-delaney-died

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
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strumming-chords-year-that-clayton-delaney-died

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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Example with Vocals

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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

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

Tom T Hall - The Year That Clayton Delaney Died