Country guitar can be a lot of fun and playing this style requires a skillset that borrows from traditionally classic approaches to new school twang. Country guitar licks are like musical sentences strung together by different words, or musical notes. Guitar licks are a handful of notes that create short phrases and you can use these licks to help with your lead guitar playing and improvisation.
In this article, we’ll focus on electric guitar and look talk about the country guitar licks one can learn from the Country Level 2 as taught by Anders Mouridsen.
The first lick is all about using the chromatic scale, which is a scale that uses all 12 notes of your guitar. For example, if you play your open E string and then play each fret all the way up to the 12th fret on that same string, you would have played a chromatic scale. A chromatic scale is this:
E - F - F# - G - G# - A - A# - B - C - C# - D - D# - E
A very common country lick is to use a few notes from the chromatic scale and play it slowly. Check out the lick below:Remember, you can change the rhythm of this, or play around with the tempo and even add little flourishes like bends to really make it your own. Don’t forget to try this lesson with Anders right here.
Another great country guitar lick can be found when you grab your D major barre chord and move it up to the 5th fret of the A string.
You first start with the root note at the 5th fret of the string, and then move up to the 7th fret. Once you play the 7th fret on that string, you want to play the 8th and then the 9th fret. Check out the notation below:You can take this lick and move it all around the fretboard. Anders will show you how to do this in the full lesson, which you can watch here. Once you master this lesson, you will be able to tackel country music with confidence.
That’s it! If you have any questions or are curious about more country guitar licks, be sure to check out our Country Level 2 course.