Country Guitar Essentials: Chicken Pickin'

Learn Essential Techniques of Country Guitar
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  • Lectures 80
  • Length 3.5 hours
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  • Languages English
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Published 3/2016 English

Course Description

Do you want to take your playing to the next level? Do you want to learn some Chicken Pickin' Country Guitar in the style of Brad Paisley, Johnny Hiland & Brent Mason? If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, than the Country Guitar Essentials is perfect for you.

The Country Guitar Essentials Course is your Step-By-Step System for Learning Country Guitar.

It's important to have the right tools for learning. The Country Guitar Essentials Course will be the blueprint you follow as you develop and sharpen your new skills as a guitarist.

We’ll start at the basics, covering, tone, scales and techniques. Plus at the end of the course you will have a cool Country Rock Style Solo to Play-A-Long with. This course was designed to be fun while learning at the same time.

In this course you will learn:

  • How to get "The Tone"! We'll cover Guitars, Amps, Effects and even Fingernails.
  • The common scales to use in Country Guitar
  • Hybrid Picking Techniques & Exercises
  • Double Stops for Lead & Rhythm playing
  • Country Style Bends vs Blues Style Bends
  • Chicken Pickin' Country Guitar Licks
  • Chicken Pickin' Techniques
  • Soloing Ideas
  • Banjo Rolls
  • Play A-Long with a Rockin' Country Style Solo

The Country Guitar Essentials Course includes HD videos featuring both Right and Left Hand camera angles for easy learning.

In addition, you will also receive additional resources like: MP3 Backing Tracks and Printable PDF TAB sheets.

Play A-Long with the downloadable Backing Track (at Slow, Medium & Fast tempos).

As a student, you will have lifelong access, so you can learn at your own pace.

You have a totally unconditional money back guarantee. Study the Country Guitar Essentials course. If you are in any way unhappy, you will get a full 100%, absolutely no conditions attached, no questions asked, refund direct from Udemy.

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What are the requirements?

  • Computer / Tablet / Internet Connection
  • You will need a guitar
  • You should already be familiar with the basic chord shapes.
  • An open mind and a willingness to learn.
  • You will need time to practice the material.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • New to Country Guitar? This course will have you Chicken Pickin' in the shortest time possible.
  • Learn a Logical Step-by-step Method to Country Guitar, including Tone, Music Theory, Nashville Number System, Scales, Hybrid Picking and Chicken Pickin' Techniques.
  • Exercises that will sharpen you Hybrid Picking Techniques.
  • Learn to Play a Country Rock Style Solo. Complete with TABs and Backing Track.
  • Understand & Apply the essential techniques used in the Country Guitar Style.
  • Learn a wealth of country guitar licks and techniques.
  • Play along with the downloadable backing track.
  • 69 Lectures and 3.5 Hours of Content

Who is the target audience?

  • Intermidiate Rock & Blues Guitarists that want to add some Chicken Pickin' influence into thier playing style.
  • Intermidiate/Advanced guitaists looking to "fill in the gaps of knowledge".
  • Any Guitarist that wants to add new Elements, Concepts & Techniqes to thier Playing.
  • If your an advanced guitarist, this course might not be for you.
  • Not for students expecting to learn specific songs.
  • If your a beginning guitar playing, you will also learn a lot about tone, basic music theory and lead concepts. However, some prior knowledge is recommended.

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: Let's Get Started!

Hello, I'm Vincent, but my friends call me Vinnie. I've been playing country guitar since the early 90's. I'd like to take this opportunity to show you what I believe to be the essential techniques to mastering country guitar.

Section 2: Equipment

This is an overview of what equipment you will need to achieve that chicken pickin' tone.


Telecasters are the obvious guitar for country guitar but you have other options as well.There are two types of Teles to choose from Modern Telecasters with six saddle bridges, modern neck cuts and modern pickups. There is also the Vintage Style Telecasters with three saddle bridges, vintage neck cuts and vintage wound pickups.


I'm going to show you how to get the proper tone out of your amp modeler/effects unit. The formula that I've used for years is COMP>OD>DELAY>REVERB>AMP


This video is a little dated, but it is still the process I would use when setting up pedal and an amp. 


In this lecture we will discuss the colorful picks that I use. DAVA GripTip Picks don't slip and spin in your hand.


In this lecture you will learn the basic techniques for maintaining your fingernails.

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For this activity I would like you to download this Country Guitar Tone Set-Up PDF file. Use this as a starting point. Try these settings with your amp/pedal set-up. If you find a sound you like, write down the settings for future reference.

Section 3: Music Theory Basics

This is an overview of Basic Music Theory. By knowing the basics, you'll better understand the rest of the material in this course.


The Major Scale is a seven note scale that is use in popular music.


For each note of the Major Scale, there is a chord tone associated with that note. Scale tones 1-4-5 are major tones. 2-3-6-7 are minor tones.


In this lecture we will discuss how to apply the the Major Scale and the Major Scale Chord Tones to the Nashville Number System.

Theory Quiz
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Section 4: Scales

This is an overview of the scales we will be covering in this section.


The major scale is a 7 note scale used in popular music.


The Major Pentatonic Scale is a 5 note scale derived from the Major Scale.


The Minor Pentatonic scale is also a 5 note scale that is very popular with blues & rock guitarist.

The Blues scale is a variation of the minor pentatonic scale with the addition of the flatted fifth.

The Country Composite scale is another variation of the minor pentatonic. Similar to the blues scale with it's flattened fifth, but also includes the major third.


This lecture covers the difference between 1/4 notes, 1/8 notes and 1/16 notes.


Download the Scales Tabs and the Drum Tracks here.

Section 5: Hybrid Picking

Hybrid picking is a technique that involves picking with a pick and one or more fingers alternately or simultaneously.


This is a very basic hybrid picking exercise.


Here is a simple 6 note sequence that will help get your right hand up to speed.


This is a 6 note sequence. Down>Up>Down>Pluck>Down>Pluck

This example is an extended version of the 6 note sequence.

Banjo Rolls use multiple fingers on the right hand. For this example the right hand pattern is Pick>Middle>Ring.


This example builds on the previous example but adds a hammer-on on the forth string.


This is a basic forward roll. Pick>Middle>Ring


Similar to the previous example but includes a hammer-on on the forth string.


This example builds on the previous example. It has the same right hand pattern but has a slightly different pattern with the left hand. This example moves to the first, second & third strings.


Download the Tabs for this section here in this lexture.

Section 6: Double Stops
A double stop refers to the technique of playing two notes simultaneously.

In this lecture we will discuss the 3rd & 6th intervals.

This is a simple formula for figuring out double stops. 1-2-2-1-1-2-2-1 or 2-1-1-2-2-1-1-2

This is a basic example of double stop using the A minor pentatonic scale.


This is a repeating 8 note pattern that incorporates double stops.


This example build upon the previous example making it a 16 note run.


This Double-Stop example uses the 6 note sequence but adds in some double-stops


This Double-Stop example adds the minor third to major third transition that is so common in country guitar.


This example shows you how to add Double Stops into your rhythm playing.


Download your Tabs for this section.

Section 7: Chicken Pickin'

While chicken pickin' is often used as a general term for country guitar, there are specific techniques that create this particular sound.


This is a very basic chicken pickin' exercise.


This is another chicken pickin' exercise incorporating pinched harmonics.


This chicken pickin' example uses triplet ghost notes to create the effect.


Download the Tabs for this section.

Section 8: Country Style Bends

Country style bends are different than blues or rock bends in that they are very mechanical. Very "On & Off' like a steel guitar with very little vibrato.


In this first example you will bend the third string up a whole step while maintaining the notes on the first & second strings.


This is a cool dissonant bend that grabs your ear.


Download the Tabs for this section.

Section 9: Open String

This is on overview of Open String Licks.


This is a basic open string lick in the Key of G.

This Open String example utilizes a cascading element to the lick.

This Open String Lick is in the Style of Brad Paisley. A fun lick you can play in many different keys.


Download the Tabs for this section.

Section 10: Solo Example

This is an overview of the Solo example. You'll get the Tabs and Backing Track so you can play along.


Fire It Up is the example solo. Here it is played at full speed.

Fire It Up is the example solo. Here it is played at slow speedto help you pick out the finer details.

Download the Tabs and Backing Tracks for Fire It Up.

Section 11: Solo: Breakdown

In this section we will break down the Solo example lick by lick.


Example 1 is a lick played in A Major. It's in the style of Vince Gill. Incorporating open strings and hybrid picking, this lick is fun to play.


The first half of this lick uses open string hammer-ons and double-stops. The second half of this example is an ascending open string run that builds from the A chord building up to the D chord.


Lick 3 is a classic double-stop lick in the key of D. For your right hand, Use your pick on the forth string and you middle & ring fingers to pluck the second and third strings.


The first half of example 4 is a cascading open string run that descends in a series of three notes. While the second half of this example is in the style of Brad Paisley, it's based out of the A minor pentatonic scale while pulling off to some open strings.

The first half of this example is played over the E chord. It incorporates a cascading open string run. The second half of this example is a descending open string lick played over the D chord.

Example 6 is a double-stop lick in the style of Brent Mason. This lick uses a "behind the nut" bend for a cool trick.


Lick 7 is a great descending double-stop run. It sounds great and is easy to get up to speed.


There's two parts to example 8. The first half is a repeating motif utilizing stationary anchor note and pulling-off notes in between. The second half is a Brad Paisley Style lick working out of A minor pentatonic, pulling off to open strings.


Example 9 is played over the D chord. It starts as an ascending semi-chromatic lick and finishes off with a descending double-stop run.


Example 10 is played over the A chord and is an ascending lick played in the lower register. It finishes off with an ascending hybrid lick on the third and fourth strings. For the hybrid lick, use your pick on the fourth string and your middle finger to pluck the third string.


The first half of this example is a descending cascade 3 note series played over the E chord. The second half is played over the D chord using open string hammer-ons.


Example 12 is a repeating motif based out of the A minor pentatonic. For your right hand, play the fourth string with your pick and the first & second strings with your middle & ring fingers.


Lick 13 is a repeating chord style lick. For your right hand, use your pick on the third string and your middle & ring fingers to pluck the first & second strings.


Example 14 has two distinct licks. The first half is a sliding descending lick based out of A minor pentatonic. THe second half is a sliding ascending lick that builds from the A chord to the D chord.


Example 15 also has two distinct parts. The first half is a Blues lick played out of the D minor penatonic scale. The second half is a 6 note sequencing pattern.


Example 16 is played over the A chord. The first half is a sliding lick played on the 3rd & 4th strings. The second half is a simple descending pull-off lick.


Example 17 starts off with an ascending lick played over the E chord while the second half is a double-stop pull-off lick played over the D chord.


Example 18 finishes off the solo with a descending cascading open string run.


It's up to you now to practice the licks one by one until you have them down. Practice with the Backing Track. Mix the licks up and create your own solo. Practice, Practice, Practice....

Section 12: Conclusion

That's it for this course. It's up to you to apply what you have learned. I've added one large zip file that contains all the resource material for this course. I'll continue to add more content to this course, so check back often. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me. Thanks

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Instructor Biography

Vinnie D, Guitar Instructor, Internet Marketer

Hi, my name is Vincent but my friends call me Vinnie.

Professional Musician, Guitar Instructor & Internet Marketer. Founder of Power-Twang.

I´ve been playing guitar for 30 years. I’ve played in many Rock bands as well as Country bands over the last 25 years. I also recording & produce music in my spare time. For the last 4 years I have been teaching my brand of Power-Twang Country Guitar, which is a blend of Country, Rock & Blues all mashed into one. Now, I am very excited to offer my curriculum to Udemy students!

I took my guitar teachings online via Youtube in December of 2011 and since then my Youtube Channels has accumulated more than 6,000 subscribers and have also received more than 1 Million Views! Teaching guitar has really become my passion. My teaching style is easy to follow and makes learning guitar easy.

My specialties are Country, Rock, Blues & Slide.

I hope you enjoy learning the guitar as much as I enjoy teaching it!

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