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Country-licks of the month!

Hi! This month we´ll take a look at two of my own licks I like to use. Besides that they are very cool licks that you can throw in over any A7-chord, they also work great as hybrid picking exercises and for warming up! I´ve talked about my right hand technique in my previous lessons (The picking pattern middle finger, pick, ring finger, pick, middle and so on…) I came up with this pattern when trying to copy many of Brent Mason´s solos. Take a look at the pdf-file, and try to find a way to pick the notes that work for you. Remember that you don´t have to use the right hand fingers if you are more comfortable using alternate picking. I hope you enjoy the licks! See ya… //MarQTwang

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Twangology III

Hi all countryguitar players! I´m back again with a new lesson full of Smokin´Hot Country Guitar Licks, this month in the key of E. Just like when playing in G, all the open strings in standard tuning are available.

This solo is a lot inspired by Brent Mason and Johnny Hiland. (actually you´ll notice that I have borrowed some notes from the Brent Mason tune “Hot Wired”, but with a different fingering..) The key of E is great when it comes to playing long chromatic runs, like the ones in bar 3 and 4. When playing these kind of runs you´ll have to find a picking technique that works for you. I normally use the same picking pattern with my flatpick as many thumbpick-users do; middle, pick, ringfinger,pick, middle, pick, ringfinger, pick….

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Good luck, and see you next month! Please visit my Youtube-channel for more TWANG…

Best wishes from Marcus, Sweden.

Twangology II

Hi all! I hope you all enjoyed the first Twang-lesson, and thanks for all emails and comments! Ready for one more?

This month we´ll work a lot with the right hand technique. I´ve written a solo over the chord changes to Earl Scruggs´ Bluegrass-tune “Foggy Mountain Breakdown”, and this solo will boost your hybrid picking to the next level for sure! I´ve also thrown in some traditional banjo-rolls in there. I totally agree with Albert Lee when it comes to right hand technique; always to use the closest finger available. For another great exercise in the banjo-style, check out the Albert Lee-song “Country Boy”!

The scales used in this solo are G major pentatonic, and E minor penatonic. Theoretically these two scales are 100% identical, but the target notes over the G and Em chords are a little different.

The tab in the Youtube-clip is not so clear, so i recommend you all to view and download the pdf-tab below.

Twang-lesson II TAB!

Next month we´ll move on to the key of E!

Twang em´high and have fun!

Twangology 101

marcus-photo Hi all! I’m Marcus, a Swedish musician/teacher/tele-freak who likes to play twangy music on telecasters. I’m working as a music/guitar-teacher for 16-20 year olds and I´m very happy to see an increasing country-music scene in Europe. On a monthly basis at the TDPRI I’ll post lessons in the country/bluegrass style right here, and you are welcome to join the school of Twang! There will be video clips to each lesson and feel free to ask me questions right here on each article. In this first lesson we´ll take a look at open string runs in the key of G.

The key of G is a great key to start in when learning open string runs. All of the six open strings in standard tuning are found in the G major pentatonic, the G mixolydian scale (major scale with flatted 7th) and in the Ionian scale (regular major scale). When playing fast country/bluegrass-licks the open strings are very helpful either when using alternate picking (up and down) or hybrid picking (commonly referred to as chicken picking). A great warm-up exercise is to play the G major scale with as many strings as possible. The first octave can be played like this: G (third fret), A (open), B (7th fret), C (third fret), D (open) E (7th fret), F# ( fourth fret) and G (open).

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Click to see a PDF of the Tab for this lesson: The Tab for this lesson

Hybrid picking is a great way to develop a fluid and percussive sound. When I started using this technique some years ago I found it hard to find a consistent way to play in this way. Finally I found a way that worked fine for me and it’s really not that complicated at all! This is how it works: The pick mostly plays on the down strokes, while the middle and ring finger play the upstrokes. Try it on these licks, check out the fingerings and you´ll get what I mean! Be sure that you are able to play these licks very slow before you speed them up. Be patient, have fun and keep it country!

Next month we´ll take a closer look on the right hand technique and learn more hot licks and tricks.

On my youtube-channel there are some clips where I explain these and other licks closer:

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