Tyler Lance Walker Gill
Outlaw Country 101
Outlaw Country 101 with Tyler Lance Walker Gill
This class will meet online on Zoom -an invitation to a recurring Zoom meeting will be sent by the instructor in advance of the first class meeting.
In this class, we’re going to dive into one of the most hotly contested terms/sub-genres of country music: Outlaw Country. What makes something “Outlaw?” Is it the sound, or the attitude, or maybe a little of both? Is it a small time period from the 70’s, or is it still alive and well today?
The answers to these questions are relatively subjective. Although this class won’t require very much musical theory, I hope that we’ll all engage in our personal theories on this subject.
Each week we will learn how to play 1 to 2 songs that we, the class, deem “Outlaw.” This will no doubt include songs by Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Billy Joe Shaver, Jesi Coulter, Kris Kristofferson, this list could go on and on. Each week, we will pick which songs to cover for next week, as a class.
We will also discuss the songs themselves, the writers who wrote them, and the performers who made them famous, as well as the basic structures that make up a country song.
By the end of the semester, our goal is to have you prepared to break out the ol’ acoustic around a campfire and entertain (or annoy) your close friends and family with at least a dozen Outlaw country tunes. However, our main goal is to have fun while learning some relatively simple songs, and discuss some of the greatest country writers to ever pick up a pen.
This course is designed for those with a beginner to intermediate understanding of guitar, and ability to play and change from chord to chord in the “cowboy position” (aka, all of your basic chords in the first position - A, B, C, D, E, F, G). We may come across an odd chord here or there, which we can discuss more in depth if necessary. (As we will be learning just the basic bones/rhythm guitar parts of these songs, other instruments are welcome - however, we will not be discussing specific parts for other instruments).
Recommended prerequisite: novice to intermediate guitar skills, ability to play basic chords, and change chords smoothly.