Electric Country Guitar, From Its Roots to the Present
Electric Country Guitar, From Its Roots to the Present with Jesse Wells
This class will meet online - an invitation to a recurring Zoom meeting will be included in the orientation email sent upon checkout.
Country guitar has its own language and is distinct from rock and blues. We’ll use examples from the vast history of country music history from the early days of Eldon Shamblin, Merle Travis, and Hank Garland, to early Telecaster pioneers like Luther Perkins, Roy Nichols, and Don Rich and even today’s Nashville guitar slingers like Brent Mason, Kenny Vaughn, and Russ Paul.
This course will cover how to play classic country guitar:
- Rhythm patterns used in country music
- Common scales and double stops for improvising
- Bending Techniques to emulate pedal steel licks
- Classic chicken pickin’ exercises using hybrid picking (pick and fingers of the right hand)
- Unique open string patterns and banjo rolls.
An electric guitar, amp, and chord are preferred but any good playing guitar will work for this course. All material will be taught by ear but we’ll also use source recordings and TAB for reference throughout the class.
The course is recommended for immediate-level guitarists.