Country Guitar Essentials: Chicken Pickin'
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Country Guitar Essentials: Chicken Pickin'

Learn Essential Techniques of Country Guitar
4.5 (410 ratings)
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Created by Vinnie D
Last updated 3/2019
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This course includes
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 30 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • 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.
  • 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.

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.

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Who this course is for:
  • 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.
Course content
Expand all 80 lectures 03:42:12
+ Let's Get Started!
1 lecture 02:19

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.

Preview 02:19
+ Equipment
7 lectures 34:03

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

Equipment Overview

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. 

Pedal & Amp Tone

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.


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.

Tone Activity
1 page
+ Music Theory Basics
4 lectures 11:08

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

Music Theory Overview

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

Major Scale

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.

Major Scale Chords

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

Nashville Numbers System
Theory Quiz
1 question
+ Scales
8 lectures 25:30

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

Scales Overview

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

A Major

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

Major Pentatonic

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

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

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.

Preview 07:21

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.

Activity - Download Scale TABS
+ Hybrid Picking
11 lectures 18:03

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

Hybrid Picking Overview

This is a very basic hybrid picking exercise.

Hybrid Picking Ex. 1

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

Hybrid Picking Ex. 2

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

Hybrid Picking Ex. 3
This example is an extended version of the 6 note sequence.
Hybrid Picking Ex. 4

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

Banjo Roll Ex. 1

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

Banjo Roll Ex. 2

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

Banjo Roll Ex. 3

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

Banjo Roll Ex. 4

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.

Banjo Roll Ex. 5

Download the Tabs for this section here in this lexture.

Hybrid Picking Activity
+ Double Stops
10 lectures 20:04
A double stop refers to the technique of playing two notes simultaneously.
Double Stop Overview

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
Preview 03:32

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

Double Stop Ex. 1

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

Preview 02:06

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

Double Stop Ex. 3

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

Double Stop Ex. 4

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

Double Stop Ex. 5

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

Double Stop Rhythm

Download your Tabs for this section.

Double Stop Activity
+ Chicken Pickin'
5 lectures 05:43

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

Chicken Pickin' Overview

This is a very basic chicken pickin' exercise.

Chicken Pickin' Ex.1

This is another chicken pickin' exercise incorporating pinched harmonics.

Chicken Pickin' Ex.2

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

Chicken Pickin' Ex.3

Download the Tabs for this section.

Chicken Pickin' Activity
+ Country Style Bends
4 lectures 07:07

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.

Bending Overview

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

Bends Ex. 1 and 2

This is a cool dissonant bend that grabs your ear.

Bends Ex. 3

Download the Tabs for this section.

Bends Activity
+ Open String
5 lectures 12:20

This is on overview of Open String Licks.

Open Strings Overview

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

Open String Ex. 1
This Open String example utilizes a cascading element to the lick.
Open String Ex. 2

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

Open String Ex. 3

Download the Tabs for this section.

Open String Activity
+ Solo Example
4 lectures 05:54

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

Solo Introduction

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

Preview 01:53
Fire It Up is the example solo. Here it is played at slow speedto help you pick out the finer details.
Fire It Up - Solo Slow

Download the Tabs and Backing Tracks for Fire It Up.

Solo Resources