5 Top Country Songs to Learn on Guitar
Some of the top country songs feature incredibly interesting and unique guitar playing. From Willie Nelson, to the Carter Family, to Kenny Chesney and more, these are five of the best country songs to learn on guitar.
Outta Here by Kenny Chesney
Kenny Chesney’s hit features great guitar parts for both acoustic and electric players. Not only are there great chord progressions with a number of interesting little changes, but the lead guitar is also accented with a solo that utilizes double-stops.
She Got the Goldmine (I Got the Shaft) by Jerry Reed
A classic from the legend himself, Jerry Reed. This song is most notable for what instructor Anders Mouridsen calls "a wall of lead guitars." And he's not wrong considering there are three guitar solos that happen all at once. There are also a number of fun jazz chords and traditional country guitar licks for any fan to learn. Or maybe you just want to learn a new song on electric guitar, it's a great choice.
Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to be Cowboys by Willie Nelson
This song by the incomparable Willie Nelson is great practice for those working on up-tempo strumming. And as Caren, mentions in the video above, the song is also a great exercise for those trying to get a full, rich sound from their acoustic guitar.
Keep it on the Sunny Side by the Carter Family
This is the oldest song on this list but it’s also one of the most popular. It’s a great song to learn if you’re just getting started with learning guitar. The song is also a great way to learn the “boom-chuck” strumming style.
When will I be Loved by Linda Ronstadt
This country rock song has a great, harmonized guitar solo, which is interesting because the entire song only uses three chords. The two guitars make a great excuse to learn this song with a friend, and if you’re playing by yourself, the licks are all interesting enough that you might learn a new trick, or two.