How To Play Fun Country Rhythm Pattern on Guitar

Hey folks… Country guitar patterns are the bomb! Here’s one I came up with today that’s very instructive. Check it out and see if you can create your own killer patterns. Btw, if you want to learn from the master at this stuff go here: WICKED CHICKEN PICKIN CHOPS Hey, guys. Claude Johnson from guitarcontrol.com. How’s it going today? I hope you’re doing great. I’ve got a nice little lesson for you and also I’m going to tell you a bit about this guitar, which a lot of people have asked me about. It’s a Spear RT-ST. I’ll tell you about it in just a minute and also tell you how you can get one if you’re interested. But first, let’s go into the lick of the day, which is a nice, country rhythm pattern. This is a really cool pattern. It goes a little something like this. So let me break it down for you. I’ll tell you how to get into the rhythm and how to do your own variations. What we’re doing here is balancing off the A, what I call it. I kind of started off with this little intro. That’s not really part of the lick. I would start the lick basically on the A string and like I said, you’re balancing off the A string. So what we’re doing here is playing the A string and then little double stops. A double stop is a two-note chord. So we’re playing double stops on the G string and the B string. What I’m doing is I’m picking with my pick the A string and then I’m using my middle finger and ring finger on my picking hand to pluck the G and the B strings together. So my middle finger is plucking the G string and my ring finger is plucking the B string. I call this the pick and pluck technique. So you’re picking the low note and plucking. Let me just play it through real slow, once. You’re ending on the 2nd fret and then repeats with the open A string. And then again. The first one is the 9th fret and 8th fret; 9th on the G, 8th on the B. That’s with my middle finger and 1st finger. Then I’m going to play the 7th fret, 7th fret with my middle and ring finger. Then I’m going to use my 1st finger to just bar the 5th fret and 5th fret, and I do a little hammer-on to the 6th fret. Then I’m down here. Again, 1st finger just on the 2nd fret, and then open. So again… Now as far as the rhythm goes I’m going to give you three ways you can think about this. One is just to feel it out. We play it… So just get that. Kind of feel it. I mean, that’s really the best way because you can internalize it. You really want to get into the rhythm of it. And by the way, the expert on all this chicken pickin stuff is Sol Philcox. You can check-out his course at guitarcontrol.com/chicken. So check that out. Check out the chicken, right? Once you get into the rhythm of it you can play your own variations, too. The second way to feel the rhythm or to play the rhythm is just to count it. I always like to count things out sometimes. So if you’re counting one, two, three, four you can do — I would count it like this: one, two, three-and, and, one-and, two-and, and, four-and. It’s a little bit sped up. It’s complicated. This is probably the most complicated way to do it. But if you’re one of those people that likes to count it out, once again: one, two, three- and, and, one-and, two-and, and, four-and. So the third way and my favorite way to think about the rhythm is that it’s basically a sped-up shuffle. So we talk about the shuffle rhythm, if you’re familiar with blues. If you want to really get this, what you do is you count in threes. So it’s like one, two, three; one, two, three. And then you hold the one and the two together so you have this: one, three; one, three; one, three. Then you speed it up a little bit for this pattern. We’re going to leave-out the little embellishments like… So you can just do this. Then what you can do is just add-in either that or this hammer- on or this hammer-on. So that’s basically all it is, just that shuffle. You can, like I said, just start to get variations. If I’m just going to look at these two strings here, open, open, 2nd fret and then you have 5th fret and then this one, the hammer-on. You can also do this as well. This one, this one, which is the one we started on. It’s also nice to go up to it instead of just starting and going down, you could go up. You can go up here. This one, and there’s your octave. You get all those possibilities that you can play around with. I hope you enjoyed that lesson. A lot of people have asked me about this particular guitar. It’s a Spear RT-ST. It’s a Telecaster-style guitar, which obviously means it has a bolt-on neck. The neck is made of Canadian hard maple and the body is made of American alder and has sound shapers inside the body which gives it a great resonance. The top is — it’s a steel top, but it’s just for looks. It doesn’t affect the resonance of the wood. It’s got Spear pickups, which sound amazing. Nothing against the Fender Telecaster, but with the Spear you get a really great sounding, great playing guitar for about a third of the price. And you can actually get this guitar through Guitar Control. Just go to guitarcontrol.com/rtst. We’ll actually give you the greatest guarantee in the history of the guitar industry. No one else is doing this. It’s a full 90 day money back guarantee with free shipping both ways. So we’ll ship the guitar free and if you don’t love it we’ll pay to ship it back. So go ahead and take advantage of this. Just go to guitarcontrol.com/rtst. Thanks for watching and have an awesome day.

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