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What's up it's, Mike from Guitar Tricks, teaching you "Whiskey River" as made famous by Willie Nelson. This is a country classic that features some textbook acoustic strumming and soloing, as well as some great parts played on electric.

This song features 2 guitar layers. Guitar 1 is an acoustic guitar that alternates between two completely different feels throughout the tune. Guitar 2 is a clean electric guitar that plays some rhythm and a few licks here and there.

The A section of the song is a laid back almost funky groove at a slower tempo. The acoustic locks into the groove with some solid strumming on open chords. The electric plays stabs on the back beat during this section. The B section changes the feel entirely to a country boom-chick groove played in double time. The acoustic leads the way here with some boom chick strumming and bass walkups. The electric outlines the chords and adds some nice fills in between the vocals. There is also a guitar solo played on the acoustic that features some textbook country blues licks and a great use of double stops.

To play this tune using only one guitar, simply play the acoustic guitar all the way through!

In the following lessons, we'll talk about steady acoustic strumming, open chords, the backbeat, and textbook country licks and fills. We are in the key of G major, with a 4/4 time signature, at a tempo of 77 BPM.

Lesson Info
Instructor Mike Olekshy
Whiskey River