Country music, where do I start?

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  1. Nashville-tele-19

    Nashville-tele-19 TDPRI Member

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    So I’ve never played country music but I’ve liked songs I’m stumbled upon from time to time (without knowing who they are). Plus I love the clean / slightly overdriven sound of my Tele and I’d like to learn to hybrid pick and fingerpick better. This is why I think some time spent incorporating country music would be great.

    So here’s my question, where should I start? Who to listen to, preferably songs or artists that have solo’s to learn as well as fingerpicking.

    Thanks in advance all ;)
     
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    Hank Williams
     
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    When it comes to guitar playing, start with the albums by Merle Haggard and Buck Owens.
    End with Merle Haggard and Buck Owens.
     
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    And Johnny Cash

    Two good places to start, and, you may as well end there.
    It's all downhill from there, except for Western Swing, which is it's own thing
     
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    I'm with @blowtorch and @artdecade

    To me, Hank (Sr.), Johnny, and Buck's songs give you everything you need. Merle is amazing too.
     
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    Then that’s where I’ll start, thanks guys
     
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    Hank Williams Senior, Merle and Buck. Both of their guitarists exemplify what a Tele should like in Country music. Johnny Cash with the Tennessee Two. All of these are a great base of reference. And then, there is the s**t that they call country coming out of Nashville these days.
     
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    There is a whole big world out there, but yeah you don't need to venture outside of Merle, Hank Sr, Buck Owens, and Johnny for a long long time.
     
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    I’ll try to help before this turns into another why new country music sucks thread. As far as listening goes, go to YouTube and search country songs you’ve heard that you like. YouTube will put up playlist for you and make new playlists from that you click on. Try to listen to music from the ‘50s thru today.

    Learning to play is different. There’s a great Mark Knopfler finger picking video that will show you the basics of Travis picking (alternating notes from a bass line with the rest of the chord) that you’ll be able to use for rhythm and as a basis for leads. There are many other instructional videos beyond that. I learned finger style by learning one song and the next and the next after that. I have a collection of personal finger styles for country, pop, and jazz. It takes time. It’s easier for most folks to learn by emulating a standard style. I learned by thinking what I wanted to play and then playing it. Either way, it’s a long road. Classical finger style won’t help you much because it’s based on single note soloing. Country is based on solos off chords. So if you don’t know your scales up and down the neck and chords and their inversions at least to the first 10 frets, you’ll need to get busy on that too. I play music from the ‘60s to the present. There’s a lot to like, tens of thousands of songs. Have fun.
     
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    Check out Ken Carlson's "Country Guitar Chops" website for excellent instructional content on chicken pickin' and hybrid picking. Can't say enough about how helpful his lessons have been for my playing.
     
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    If you want to come at things from a more rocking perspective as a way to slide in gently, while it's still country music for sure, Emmylou Harris's "big 4" 1970s albums are start-to-finish classics:

    Pieces of the Sky
    Elite Hotel
    Luxury Liner
    Quarter Moon in a Ten Cent Town
     
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    Pete Anderson early Dwight.
     
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    You start where it began with the Carter family if you want to hear the Genesis of this music
     
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    Get TrueFire. Then get this course. I got it for 5 bucks or something on a Christmas special but you likely won’t be so lucky. Still, it’s worth it. An absolute blast. And humbling. Thank me later;).
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    & Jimmie Rodgers, & Uncle Dave Macon

    Really though this stuff is too old-timey for most.
    Come to think of it, so is Hank and Johnny

    I guess that's why we've got Florida Georgia Line and the rest of the soccer mom country out there
     
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    Thanks, my music theory, scales, fretboard etc was drummed into me many years ago so that’s all good. I’ll check out the videos. I like to learn with a combination of songs and technical drills so I’ll check out the videos you mentioned (and others on here). Great that I’ve got some suggestions to start listening to now, this is a completely new genre for me.
     
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    edit, just let me out of this
     
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    Bob Wills - Junior Barnard and Eldon Shamblin are both greats.
     
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    check out johnny hiland vids on youtube
     
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    Old school?
    Vince Gill and Paul Franklin Jr .. Their Bakersfield CD released a few years ago.
     
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