Country Guitar Fundamentals
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Country Guitar Fundamentals

Learn the essential chords, forms, scales, and techniques for playing electric country guitar.
4.6 (40 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
1,195 students enrolled
Created by Michael Palmisano
Last updated 8/2017
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  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 17 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Play common country chord progressions
  • Play common country guitar techniques
  • Use the country blues scale to improvise over chord progressions
  • Play a 6/8 country ballad
  • Play in cut or 2/4 time
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  • You should be comfortable playing major and minor chords
  • You should be comfortable playing major and minor pentatonic scales
  • You should want to learn the fundamentals of country guitar!

Welcome to Country Guitar Fundamentals!

Country music is insanely popular, and Country Guitar stylings are a core part of any well rounded player. This course will take you through the essentials of country guitar guitar playing - which will not only make you a better player  - but it's crazy fun. 

My name is Michael Palmisano, and I am award-winning GIT grad, a 15+ year professional guitarist with 70k+ students from around the world, and the founder of Guitargate - the only guitar site sponsored by a major guitar brand, PRS Guitars. 

In this course we are going to go over the basics and fundamentals of what makes country guitar unique - including:

  • Chord Progressions
  • Country Time Signatures / Feel
  • Plus bonus links and unlimited Q & A


If you want PERSONAL FEEDBACK, post a YouTube video to the lesson discussion and I will personally watch it and give you professional feedback - just like in-person lessons.

I am the ONLY guitar instructor on Udemy that does this for their students, and it's INCLUDED and UNLIMITED. 

I want you to love playing the guitar, and I want you to learn with me for a long time. If you need any help along the way, please message me and I'll get right back to you. 

Take a look at my other courses, YouTube, Guitargate, and Facebook channels for examples of my teaching style before you purchase - I'm confident I can help you - but if you don't like this course - there's a 30 day no questions asked guarantee. 

And I mean this when I say it:  I take great pride in being available to my students, so please don't hesitate to reach out for any reason whatsoever. I'm here to help!!

Best of luck and I'll see you inside :)


Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for intermediate guitar players who are interested in country guitar stylings
  • This course is meant for students who have taken my free beginners course or are enrolled in the Masterclass
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Curriculum For This Course
23 Lectures
Country Guitar Fundamentals
4 Lectures 12:53

Country music is a major-based genre. Which is awesome. 

Preview 03:32

A basic introduction to thinking about songs as chord functions, as popularized by Nashville session musicians. 

Preview 04:05
Country Rhythm Guitar
6 Lectures 27:55

3 chords and the truth - plus some others :)

Common Chord Progressions

A straight feel vs a swing or triplet feel is the main difference between country and blues rhythms.

Straight Time Vs. Shuffle Time

4/4 cut in half. Great for fast country tunes :)

Cut Time or 2/4 Time

You know this sound - it mimics the kick and snare drums. 

Boom Chick Rhythm

6/8 time is the sound of the slow country ballad.

6/8 Ballad

Triads Are King
Country Lead Guitar
4 Lectures 22:18

The major pentatonic is the perfect place to start improvising over major sounding country tunes. 

Major Pentatonic Scale Approach

Adding the b3 to the major pentatonic as a passing tone makes for a much more interesting country sound.

Country Blues Scale Approach

Using the minor pentatonic and blues scales as options to color your major sounds. 

Minor Blues Options

In country music, improvisers heavily lean on chord tones.  Use them to work you way around the neck. 

Chord Tone Focus
Country Guitar Techniques
6 Lectures 27:35

This technique is the quintessential country pedal steel sound - which you can mimmic on your guitar.  

Pedal Steel Bends

Getting that staccato sound by picking most every note in a scale-first approach. 

Flat Picking

Taking a cue from banjo players, this technique is great for forming unique country sounding parts with triads and more. 

Banjo Rolls and Hybrid Picking

Making more than the V chord dominant isn't just a blues thing.  

Any Chord Can Be Dominant

Playing two notes at a time to harmonize your lead and rhythm playing. Check it out!

Double Stops

It's that hybrid picking sound that screams country guitar!

Chickin' Pickin'
Bonus Lectures
3 Lectures 09:22

Class A tube amps, reverb, single coils, slapback. Yup - you've got a country rig. 

Country Guitar Tone

Thanks so much for playing country guitar!  Here are some bonus links and resources to keep you going. See you in the next course!

Final Summary And Special Thank You!

Please come visit for ALL of our courses, lessons, and live weekly broadcasts. 

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About the Instructor
Michael Palmisano
4.6 Average rating
2,155 Reviews
35,733 Students
6 Courses
Award Winning GIT Grad, Guitargate CEO, 15yr Working Pro.

Award Winning GIT Grad, Founder of PRS Sponsored Guitargate, 70k+ students worldwide, and Lead Guitarist in What's Next - Voted 5x "Best Band" in Baltimore.

I have been playing guitar since I was 5, and gigging and teaching professionally for the last 15+ years.  I genuinely love to teach, and the goal of Guitargate is to help people learn the "why" behind the notes, and how to apply this to make music!  

So whether you are an aspiring gigging musician, or you just enjoy playing for yourself, let me help you bridge the gap between rhythm and lead guitar.... and get the stuff in your head out!  Seriously - you can do this!! 

On a side note, it's truly incredible that the internet has allowed us to connect from all over the world....  I believe in online education, and I strive to be as helpful as possible.  If you post a question or a video for feedback - I will respond and try and help any way I can.  

One step at a time -