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    •       (Mike Olekshy) A Better Man In this set of country lessons, Mike Olekshy will teach "A Better Man", by Clint Black. Mike will introduce this #1 modern country hit, then talk about gear and tone before breaking down the acoustic parts in the intro, chorus, and verse. The electric main riff and the licks and fills for the verses and choruses follow that. Then it's time to do a play along and single guitar performance, and end with a "guitar karaoke" jam along.
    •       (Douglas Showalter) A Heart Like Mine In this song tutorial, Doug Showalter will be teaching "A Heart Like Mine", by Dwight Yoakam. Doug will talk about the song and the gear and tones before diving in to the intro part. The verse comes next followed by the chorus - then we'll break down the guitar solo. We'll look the the second guitar's rhythm in the last verse before moving to the full performance play along; then we'll so a single guitar performance and end with a jam along.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Achy Breaky Heart In these country guitar lessons, Mike Olekshy will teach you the hit "Achy Breaky Heart", by Billy Ray Cyrus. After an introduction to the song and a look at the gear and tones, Mike will get into the rhythms for guitar's 1 and 2. Then we're on to the lead licks, then the main hook, then the leads for verse 2 and chorus 3. Next we have more leads in the outro, and we'll end with a full performance, a single guitar performance, and a jam along.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Achy Breaky Heart (Made Easy) In this beginner song tutorial, Caren Armstrong will teach you "Achy Breaky Heart", by Billy Ray Cyrus. Caren will introduce the song to you first, the show you the two chords you'll need to know and tips on shifting chords. Next she'll show you the strumming rhythm in your right hand. The you'll learn the song form - the verse and chorus - and when to change chords. Last is a play along with a full band backing track!
    •       (Mike Olekshy) All I Want Is A Life Mike will show you all 3 guitar layers. Guitar 1 is a clean and twangy electric guitar that plays the rhythm and riffs in the tune. Guitar 2 is an acoustic guitar that strums the chord progression throughout, and even picks some cool arpeggiations later in the song. Guitar 3 is the lead electric guitar that takes a solo and digs into some great lead fills throughout.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) All My Ex's Live in Texas In this set of lessons, Mike Olekshy will teach you "All My Ex's Live in Texas", by George Strait. After a song introduction and a look at the gear and tones, Mike will break down the acoustic parts for the intro and re-intro, the chorus, the verse, and the outro. Then we'll learn the electric parts for the same sections before we do a play along performance, single guitar performance, and a jam along.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Always On My Mind In this tutorial, Mike Olekshy will teach "Always On My Mind", as made famous by Willie Nelson. Mike will introduce the song then dig right into the intro; then into the verse chords and strumming. We'll examine the chorus chords next, then learn bridge before we take on the guitar solo. We'll do a full performance, then a single guitar performance; we'll cap it all off with a "guitar karaoke" jam along.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Amarillo By Morning In these eleven videos, Mike Olekshy will teach you "Amarillo By Morning", by George Strait. Mike will talk about the song and the gear and tones, then break down the acoustic intro chords and strumming. From there it's on to the main progression and into the key change. We'll look at the main fiddle melody next, then there's two arpeggio lessons and the lead fills that lead us to the play along performance. Finally, you'll jam along with the backing track.
    •       (Tom Finch) Amie In these ten videos, Tom Finch will teach you "Amie", by Pure Prairie League. After an overview of the song and and a look at gear and tones, Tom will break down the intro and verse acoustic parts. The verse electric fills are next, then it's on to the chorus acoustic part and the chorus electric fills. Tom will then teach you the acoustic solo, and the outro/ending of the tune. For the finale we'll do a play along, the you'll jam alone with the band.
    •       (Andy Gurley) Angel Flying Too Close To the Ground These lessons will walk you through the form of the song in four of the lessons, rather than a list of licks. The form is the key to learning this masterpiece! The solo will also be covered along with a few of the electric guitar fills. Mastering these lessons will guarantee your spot in the next Smokey and the Bandit sequel.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way Mike will show you this country classic that features a solid acoustic and electric rhythm groove and some textbook country licks. There is an acoustic guitar that alternates between only two chords with a solid strumming groove. A clean electric guitar with a flanger and another electric guitar that adds some great leads and fills.
    •       (Henrik Linde) Ballad of a Teenage Queen In this country song tutorial, Henrik Linde will be teaching you "Ballad Of A Teenage Queen", by Johnny Cash. Henrik will give you an overview of the song and talk about the tones, then get into breaking down the simple parts here: the song intro, the A section, and the B section. After giving you these elements of the tune, you'll play the whole song through with Henrik, and finally step out on your own and jam along with the backing track.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Big River Mike will show you the 2 guitar layers in this song. Guitar 1 is a clean electric guitar that gives the tune its bounce. Guitar 2 is an acoustic guitar that strums to keep a steady groove. A capo is placed on the 2nd fret of the acoustic to play this song.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Bottoms Up Mike will show you all 4 guitar layers, including an acoustic guitar, an effected electric guitar riff that provides the main hook of the song, as well as a crunch guitar and lead guitar that blazes a killer solo.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Come Wake Me Up Mike will show you all the parts to this modern country ballad from the quiet piano intro adapted for acoustic guitar, to the acoustic guitar layer that provides the foundation of the tune, to the electric guitar that adds some crunch and higher dynamic to the arrangement.
    •       (Anders Mouridsen) Copperhead Road In this set of song lessons, Anders Mouridsen will teach you "Copperhead Road", by Steve Earle. First off will be an overview of the tune, and a look at the gear and tones. Then Anders will show you the main acoustic strumming part in the "double drop D" tuning, and follow up with the entrance of the full rockin' electric band. The lesson after that will show you the electric rhythm, and then we'll look at the clean fills. We'll then do a play along, and you'll take over for the jam along.
    •       (Anders Mouridsen) Crazy "Crazy" is a great example of that wonderful mixture of the down home country vibe and the jazzier harmony and more elaborate production that was popular in Nashville at that time. But in it's essence, this song is all about the vocals and the heart breaking message the lyrics are conveying. So everything the guitar is playing is working to support that.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Cry Cry Cry Mike will show you the 2 guitar layers in this song. Guitar 1 is a clean electric guitar that gives the tune its bounce. Guitar 2 is an acoustic guitar with a capo on the 1st fret that strums to establish the groove.
    •       (Sharon Aguilar) Delia's Gone "Delia's gone" as made famous by Johnny Cash is a classic country tune and an American murder ballad. It has a perfect example of how "boom-chick" strumming can establish the groove. We are going to break down the song down in detail, using a capo, the chords & rhythm, boom-chick strumming technique, the rockabilly clean guitar, and the gear that it takes to get the tone.
    •       (Douglas Showalter) Dirt Road Anthem Douglas will show you how to play the single acoustic guitar approached for this modern country anthem.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue In this tutorial, Caren Armstrong will teach a campfire version of "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue", as made famous by Crystal Gayle. Caren will introduce the song then look at the acoustic tones before talking about the rhythm and strumming. The breakdowns of the intro and 1st two verses are next, then we'll learn the bridge before we go to verse 3. We'll learn the song ending, then the theme melody; we'll end with a play along.
    •       (Henrik Linde) Drivin' My Life Away In this tutorial, Henrik Linde will teach "Drivin' My Life Away", as made famous by Eddie Rabbitt. We'll start with a song introduction and a look at the gear and tone, then drive right into the intro and the acoustic verses. The acoustic and electric chorus parts are next, then the interlude on both guitars. We'll learn the electric verses and variations before we do full and single guitar performances, then you'll take over in the jam along.
    •       (Anders Mouridsen) El Paso In this set of eight videos, Anders Mouridsen will be teaching you the country/tex-mex classic, "El Paso", by Marty Robbins. Anders will talk about the gear and tone, then break down the intro lead and the intro and verse chords. Then Anders will mosey on to the chorus of the song, followed by showing you some tex-mex soloing techniques. We'll finish up with a full performance play along, and a jam along with the backing track.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) El Paso (Made Easy) In this set of lessons, Caren Armstrong will teach you a beginner version of "El Paso", by Marty Robbins. Caren will start with an overview of what she'll be teaching, then show you all the chords you'll need to play the song. After the chords, you'll learn the rhythm and strumming pattern; then we're on to the song structure. Next is a slow play-through, then a play along up to speed, and you'll finish with the jam along.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Fast As You Mike will show you all 3 guitar layers. Guitar 1 is an electric guitar that plays some great riffs throughout the tune. Guitar 2 is an acoustic guitar that plays a combination of open chords and power chords with steady strumming. Guitar 3 is a lead guitar that digs into some killer country licks.
    •       (Henrik Linde) Flesh and Blood In this tutorial, Henrik Linde will teach "Flesh and Blood", by Johnny Cash. After a song introduction and the gear and tone, we'll learn the acoustic and electric rhythm parts for the intro. We'll head to the verse section next, followed by the chorus; then detail the rhythms under the solo. We'll learn the short but sweet acoustic solo, then the final "rubato" verse before doing full and single guitar play alongs, then a jam along.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Folsom Prison Blues In these seven guitar lessons, Mike Olekshy will teach you "Folsom Prison Blues," by Johnny Cash. Mike will provide an overview of the song, and talk about the gear and different tones. The acoustic boom-chick part will be next, followed by the electric boom-chick part. Mike will then dish out that sweet solo for us. Next comes the play-along performance, and then we'll end with a jam along where you take over.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Forty Hour Week Mike will show you this 80s country classic that features an acoustic and electric blend of textbook country guitar playing. He'll cover steady acoustic strumming, chord arpeggiation, climbing chord progressions, dynamics, and some rhythm guitar approaches for country music.
    •       (Douglas Showalter) Funny How Time Slips Away In this tutorial we are going to learn how to play "Funny How Time Slips Away" as performed by Willie Nelson. This classic song features a simple chord progression. using two guitars, that has stood the test of time as a songwriting staple.
    •       (Hunter Perrin) Get Rhythm In this set of lessons, Hunter Perrin will teach "Get Rhythm", by Johnny Cash. We'll start with a song overview and the gear and tone, then get into the chorus acoustic and electric parts. Next is the verse rhythms, then the acoustic part under the solo; we'll take on the second chorus before we learn the solo. The verse and chorus parts for both guitars towards the end of the song all come next, then we'll do full and single guitar performances and a jam along to conclude.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Good Year For The Roses In this tutorial Mike Olekshy will teach "Good Year for the Roses", as made famous by Elvis Costello. After introducing the song, Mike will take a look at the verse chords and strumming. You'll learn the song's chorus chords and strumming next, then there's a bonus lesson if you want to learn the pedal steel licks on electric guitar. We'll do a play along performance, then you take over in the jam along.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Guitars, Cadillacs In these lessons Mike Olekshy will teach "Guitars, Cadillacs", by Dwight Yoakam. After setting up the song and discussing gear and tone, Mike will break down the intro electric lick. Then it's time to learn the acoustic guitar part that occurs throughout the song; we'll follow that with the fill licks in the verse and chorus. Next up are the solos, then we'll do full and single guitar performances. To conclude, you'll take over in the jam along.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart In this set of lessons, Mike Olekshy will teach you "Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart", by by Randy Travis. Mike will introduce the tune and talk about using a capo, then you'll learn the verse chords and strumming. Next is the chorus, followed by the bridge; then you'll learn the outro. You'll learn the melodies in the intro and chorus before doing full and single guitar performances, and finally a "guitar karaoke" jam along.
    •       (J.D. Jarrell) Help Me Make It Through The Night In this song tutorial, J.D. Jarell will lead you through the country classic "Help Me Make It Through The Night" as made famous by Johnny Cash. You'll learn the opening riff, the chord progressions of the verses and choruses, about the fills between the vocals, the boom-chick rhythms, and then have both acoustic and electric play alongs to cap it all off.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Hey Porter Caren will show you the 4 chords of the song along with the Boom Chuck/chick strumming pattern that make this song fly down the tracks!
    •       (Hunter Perrin) High Cotton In this set of lessons, Hunter Perrin will teach "High Cotton", by Alabama. After a song introduction and the gear and tone, Hunter will get into the fingerstyle parts for the intro and verse. Next we'll learn the boom-chick strumming in the chorus and during the fiddle solo; then we'll look at the verse rhythms and chords. We'll learn the modulated chorus before we move to the play along performance, then you'll take over in the jam along.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) How Forever Feels In this set of lessons, Mike Olekshy will teach "How Forever Feels", recorded and performed by Kenny Chesney. Mike will introduce the song and talk briefly about the acoustic tone, then break down the intro and outro parts. The verse chords and strumming come next, then the chorus. There's a bridge in the song that we'll learn before we do a play along performance, then you'll take over in the jam along.
    •       (Anders Mouridsen) I Fall To Pieces In this tutorial you'll learn to play a country classic. This song features that classic combination of the down-home country vibe and the more elaborate and "pretty" production elements that were popular in Nashville at that time. But a song like this is ultimately all about the vocals and the story it is telling, so everything we do in the guitar parts has to be working to support that.
    •       (Anders Mouridsen) I Got Stripes In this set of lessons, Anders Mouridsen will teach you one of the many country hits from Johnny Cash, "I Got Stripes". Anders will discuss the gear and tones you need for this song, then delve into the voicings and strumming and all the acoustic parts. Anders will then dig into the electric parts for the verse and chorus, and look at the key modulation. We'll bring it to a close with a look at the slowed-down ending, and a final song performance and a jam along.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) I Love A Rainy Night In these lessons, Mike Olekshy will teach "I Love A Rainy Night", as made famous by Eddie Rabbitt. Mike will introduce the song and talk about gear and tones, then start in on the acoustic and electric parts for the verses. It's on to the pre-chorus parts next, then into the choruses; then it's time to learn the solo. You'll do full and single guitar performances before playing the song by yourself in the jam along.
    •       (Ben Lindholm) I Walk the Line In this series of country song lessons, Ben Lindholm will teach you "I Walk The Line" by Johnny Cash. Ben will introduce the song to you, then talk about the tuning, tones, and time, and give you some tips on learning the song. There's a twist on a "snare" drum that Ben will show you before he launches into the intro riff. Next up are the five verses in a row, and we'll finish up with a performance play along and a jam along where you take over.
    •       (Andy Gurley) I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry In this set of five lessons, Andy Gurley will show you how to play the country standard "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry", as made famous by Hank Williams. Andy will dig into the boom-chick strumming in 3/4 time, the lead fills, and as a bonus he'll teach you a solo based on the vocal melody. To close it out, we'll play along with whole song.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) I've Been Everywhere In this set of lessons Mike Olekshy will teach you "I've Been Everywhere", as recorded by Johnny Cash. After introducing the song, Mike will lay out the free-time chords and strumming in the song's intro. Then we'll launch into the chorus of the tune at tempo, learning the chords and strumming rhythm. Next up is the verse, followed by the final chorus outro. We'll end with a play along performance, then you'll take over in the jam along.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) In The Jailhouse Now Mike will show you the 2 guitar layers in this song. Guitar 1 is a clean electric guitar that gives the tune its bounce. Guitar 2 is an acoustic guitar with a capo on the 1st fret that strums to establish the groove.
    •       (Anders Mouridsen) It Must Be Love In this tutorial you'll learn how to play the song "It Must Be Love" as made famous by Alan Jackson. This song is a great example of a more modern country sound, that still has all the classic country elements like the strumming acoustic guitars, sweet sounding pedal steel and twangy telecaster.
    •       (Douglas Showalter) Keep On The Sunny Side Douglas will show you how to play this country song with some easy open chords with a single acoustic guitar, and how to play the main melody of the song on a second acoustic guitar.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Killin' Time In this song tutorial, Mike Olekshy is going to break down "Killin' Time", by Clint Black. After a synopsis of the lessons and a look at the gear and tones, Mike will examine the open chord acoustic strumming in the verses and choruses. Then we have something different: the baritone guitar signature lick. We'll follow with the electric licks, then do a play along performance and a jam along where you play the song by yourself.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Let Your Love Flow In this set of lessons, Mike Olekshy will teach "Let Your Love Flow", as made famous by the Bellamy Brothers. We'll start with a song introduction and a peek at the gear and tones, then learn the acoustic strumming in the verse. We'll look at the verse fills and the electric verse rhythm before we head to the chorus for the acoustic strumming and electric fills and rhythms. We'll end with full and single guitar performances, then a jam along.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Long Way To Go In this set of lessons, Mike Olekshy will teach you "Long Way To Go", by Dwight Yoakam. Mike will lay out an overview of the lessons then talk about gear and tones, then start in with the intro acoustic and electric guitar parts. Next on the agenda are all the parts for the choruses, then Mike will detail all the verse parts. You'll learn the outro before doing play along and single guitar performances; then we'll end with a jam along.
    •       (J.D. Jarrell) Mama Tried This tutorial was inspired by a great country classic from the legendary Merle Haggard in 1968. This song is one of the most requested, and it can still be heard several times a day on lower Broadway in Nashville. We'll learn the verse and chorus chord progressions, the signature intro lick, the solo and tone, the dobro parts, and there's an acoustic and electric play along to boot!
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys In this tutorial Caren Armstrong will teach you the country classic "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys" as made famous by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. Acoustic strumming and campfire story telling on tap!
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Man In Black Caren will show you how to get the signature country sound with a strumming pattern. You'll also learn to use a capo and an option to add bass notes for a solo performance.
    •       (Douglas Showalter) Mayberry Douglas will show you all the chords and sections to this song that features a lot of dynamic changes to follow the lyric story line.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) More Than Miles Mike will show you how to play all the cool layers in this modern country tune. He adapts the mandolin intro for acoustic guitar, transitions to solid rhythm strumming throughout. There is also a crunch electric guitar layer and a lead guitar that blazes some great fills, melodies, and licks.
    •       (Andy Gurley) My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys In this song tutorial, Andy Gurley will teach you the song "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys", as made famous by the legendary Willie Nelson. You'll learn both electric and acoustic parts in the intro and verses and choruses, plus the 6/8 strumming, that layer to form the perfect pages on which to write the cowboy story being told. We'll pull into the corral with a full play-along performance, with vocals.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) My Kinda Party Mike will show you three 3 guitar layers. Guitar 1 is an acoustic guitar that strums the chord progression and provides the backbone of the song. Guitar 2 is a crunch guitar that plays the melodic hook of the tune, as well as some beefy chordal support and single note riffs. Guitar 3 is the lead guitar that digs into some killer classic-rock infused licks.
    •       (Anders Mouridsen) My Maria In this set of lessons, Anders Mouridsen will teach you the country hit "My Maria", by Brooks & Dunn. First off is a synopsis and a look at tones and gear, then we'll dig right into the main acoustic riff and the electric fills, and the chorus section and fills. After Anders goes through the 2nd verse fills, the bridge section, and the next double chorus, he'll get into the soloing in 3 separate lessons. We'll close with a play along and a guitars-muted jam along.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Night Train Mike will show you all the layers of this modern country hit. Using acoustic and electric strumming patterns, octaves, palm muting, and dynamics. There are melodic octaves, barre chords and power chords, a jangly rhythm track and a lead guitar that digs into a thematic, melodic solo.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Ode to Billy Joe In this short but sweet tutorial, Mike Olekshy is going to teach you "Ode to Billy Joe", by Bobbie Gentry. Mike will talk the song as a whole and the acoustic guitar tone in the introduction. Then we'll take a look at all the basics of the song form, chord progression, and chords; and in the next lesson we'll detail the fingerpicking and rhythm patterns. It all concludes with a play along performance, and a jam along where you take over.
    •       (Andy Gurley) Okie From Muskogee In the list of traditional country standards, this is one of the most popular. The 1970 country music Song of the Year is a longstanding classic that features many must-know techniques: solid acoustic strumming, hybrid-picking acoustic guitar and standard electric guitar fills. Learning this song is taking Country 101. Merle Haggard helped write the textbook while the guitarists helping him on this tune were none other than session legends Jerry Reed and James Burton. Get out your solid timing and taste and let's learn Okie From Muskogee.
    •       (Andy Gurley) On the Road Again This tutorial breaks the classic country staple down to its basic elements: Great boom-chick strumming, hooks that sell millions of records (or downloads for you net savvy hipsters), and well-crafted harmony guitars. Let's get to it!
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Outta Here Mike will show you the two guitar layers in this song. Guitar 1 is an acoustic guitar with a capo on the 2nd fret that provides the backbone of the tune. Guitar 2 is an electric guitar that plays some rhythm and lead throughout.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Put Yourself in My Shoes In this set of song lessons, Mike Olekshy will teach you "Put Yourself In My Shoes", by Clint Black. Mike will start with a synopsis of the lessons and talk about gear and tone, then dive into the intro; then get into the details of the acoustic verse and chorus. Next up is the intro lick - followed by the electric verse rhythm - then all the licks in the two choruses. To end, you'll do a play along with Mike, then play the song yourself in the jam along.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler) In this song tutorial, Mike Olekshy will teach you "Roll On (Eighteen Wheeler)", by Alabama. Mike will talk about the song then the gear and tones, then break down the parts in the intro, verse, chorus, and bridge in the key of E. Then we're into the electric parts after we change to the key of F; after which we'll look at the acoustic parts in both keys. We'll take things out with a full performance, a single guitar performance, and a jam along.
    •       (Henrik Linde) San Quentin In this series of country lessons, Henrik Linde will teach "San Quentin", as made famous by Johnny Cash. Henrik will introduce the song and go over the gear and tones, then show you the acoustic and electric intro parts. The verse parts are next, followed by the interlude and the outro, all on both guitars. We'll do full and single guitar performances, then you'll take over in the jam along.
    •       (Anders Mouridsen) She Got The Goldmine (I Got the Shaft) Anders will show you the two main rhythm guitars in this song, the bluesy riff played in the verse, and the wall of harmonizing cool, jazzy country lines.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) She's in Love with the Boy In this set of lessons. Mike Olekshy will teach you "She's in Love with the Boy", by Trisha Yearwood. After an overview of the lessons and a look at the gear and tones, Mike will dive into the electric and acoustic verse parts. Next is the electric and acoustic parts for the chorus, followed by the guitar solo. We'll do a full performance, then a single guitar performance, and finish with a jam along.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Should've Been a Cowboy In this country song tutorial, Mike Olekshy will be breaking down all the parts to "Should've Been A Cowboy", by Toby Keith. Mike will get into the tones and tuning a bit, then look at the intro riff. Mike will show you the verse acoustic and electric fills next, and the chorus acoustic. Then we're on to the baritone guitar solo, and the lead fills in the outro. We'll cap it all off with a full performance play along, then it's your turn to take center stage and jam with the backing track.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Sometimes She Forgets In this series of lessons, Mike Olekshy will teach you "Sometimes She Forgets", recorded by Travis Tritt. Mike will be teaching this one campfire-style on acoustic guitar. Mike will give you a synopsis of the song, then start right in with the intro; then it's on to the verse part. The chorus follows, then the outro to the tune. We'll finish up with a play along performance, then you'll jam along by yourself with the backing track.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Song of the South In this set of country lessons, Mike Olekshy is going to teach you "Song of the South", by Alabama. Mike will introduce the song then discuss the gear and tones, then dive into the acoustic and electric parts in the chorus. Next up are the acoustic and electric parts for the verses, then for the outro of the song. We'll end things with a full performance, then a single guitar approach, and a jam along.
    •       (Douglas Showalter) Speed of the Sound of Loneliness In these song lessons, Douglas Showalter will teach you "Speed of the Sound of Loneliness", by John Prine. After a song overview and the gear and tones, you'll learn the song intro. Following that is the acoustic verses, then the verse electric fills; then the chorus acoustic and electric fills. Next is the electric solo, then we're on to the full performance. We'll end with a single guitar performance, then mute the guitars for a jam along.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Speed of the Sound of Loneliness (Made Easy) In this beginner song tutorial, Caren Armstrong will teach "Speed of the Sound of Loneliness", by John Prine. Caren will introduce the song, then look at the open position chords you'll need to play this tune. After learning the chords, you'll learn the strumming rhythm; then the song structure. Caren will guide you through a slow-play, after which you'll play along up to speed. Finally, you'll play the song by yourself in the jam along.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Stand By Your Man Caren will show you this classic, which is old school country music at it's best, with lots of pedal steel and back ground vocals to sweeten things up. Take that away and you have the rhythm guitar part that carries the core of the song.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) T For Texas Caren will show you the chords, the boom-chuck technique and the alternating bass motion used to play the acoustic guitar part to this classic country tune.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Take This Job And Shove It Caren will show you this country anthemthat uses an acoustic guitar and a capo! There are opportunities to walk and alternate bass lines, while holding down the solid "boom-chick" rhythm that is a staple of this style.
    •       (Douglas Showalter) Tattoos on this Town Douglas will show you all the great and varied guitar parts in this song and how to get those tones, plus a way you can play through the whole song with an acoustic guitar.
    •       (Anders Mouridsen) Tennessee Flat Top Box Here in this set of song lessons, Anders Mouridsen will break down the classic country song "Tennessee Flat Top Box", written and recorded by Johnny Cash. Anders will dig into the gear and tone a bit, then teach the intro riff. Next we'll look at the acoustic rhythm guitar, then segue into the electric. You'll learn the riff that is played after every verse, then some of the variations in the song. We'll "flat-top" it off with a full performance.
    •       (Douglas Showalter) The Gambler This country classic features an easy chord progression, some cool hybrid picking, as well as some modulating chords that create a nice build in the song. The two guitars playing throughout the recording can be combined into one easy part with using a capo!
    •       (Henrik Linde) The Man Comes Around in this song tutorial, Henrik Linde will teach "The Man Comes Around", by Johnny Cash. A song introduction and the gear and tone will start things off, then Henrik will dissect the two acoustic parts in the intro and verses. That leads into the "hook" guitar parts, then we're on to the chorus. Henrik will break down the C section parts before he does the song ending, then we'll do full and single guitar play alongs and a jam along.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) True In this set of lessons, Mike Olekshy will teach you "True", by George Strait. After the introduction and a look at gear and tone, Mike will break down the parts for the acoustic guitar in the intro/outro, the verses, and choruses; then the electric parts for those same sections. Next up is the solo; the first half is standard electric guitar, the second half is a pedal steel solo adapted to standard electric. We'll conclude with a play along and a jam along where you take over.
    •       (J.D. Jarrell) Tulsa Time In this series of song lessons, J.D. Jarrell will teach you "Tulsa Time" by Don Williams. First we'll look at the song as a whole, then the gear and tones. J.D. will then get into the song intro followed by the rhythm patterns in the song. Next is the riff fills in 2 parts, then we're on to three lessons on the solo's. We'll finish up with a play along performance, then it's your turn to play the song by yourself in the jam along.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Wabash Cannonball Caren will show you all the parts of this uptempo country classic played on acoustic guitar featuring some boom-chick strumming and modulations.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Waiting For A Train Caren will show you this easy song that uses 4 basic chord shapes in the key of C Major and a capo on the first fret. Good left hand form is required to make the right hand sound good! For the beginner, this will be a great opportunity to work on chords in the key of C major, including F and G7.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Walkin' After Midnight (Made Easy) Caren will show you a made easy, beginner version of this great country classic with an acoustic guitar part that is perfectly suited to playing along with the band.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) When The Stars Go Blue In this series of song lessons, Mike Olekshy will be teaching you "When the Stars Go Blue", by Tim McGraw. Mike will introduce the song and talk about gear and tones, then teach the acoustic guitar parts for the verse, pre-chorus, and chorus. We'll then break down the parts for guitars 2 and 3 in the pre-chorus, chorus, and re-intro; after which we'll learn guitar 2's part in verse 2 and the jam fadeout. We'll conclude with a performance and a jam along.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) When Will I Be Loved Mike will show you all the great parts in this song: power chords, diad boogie rhythms, suspended chords, and some harmonized lead concepts.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Whiskey River Mike will show why this is a country classic that features textbook acoustic strumming and soloing, as well as some great parts played on electric. You can learn the solo and all the fills or just play the whole tune using only one guitar all the way through.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Wichita Lineman Mike will show you the 2 guitar layers in this song. Guitar 1 is an acoustic guitar that lays the foundation of the tune with some steady, consistent strumming. Guitar 2 is an electric guitar that plays the intro and solo melodies originally played by a 6 string bass on the recording.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Wide Open Road Caren will show you that this song is essentially a 5 chord medium tempo country song. We’re going to learn the boom chuck strumming pattern on acoustic guitar. Feel free to check out the GT country course get help get you up to speed on that skill! We’re going to use a capo on the 5th fret to play in F major but using C major open chord shapes (C, AM, F, D7, G7).
    •       (Douglas Showalter) Wide Open Spaces In these lessons, Douglas Showalter will teach you "Wide Open Spaces", by The Dixie Chicks. Douglas will introduce the song and talk about the gear and tones, then break down the song intro. Verses 1 and 2 are next up, then the chorus parts; then we'll look at verse 3. Lesson seven breaks down the solo section, after which we'll examine the final verse and the outro. We'll conclude with a full performance, a single guitar performance, and a jam along.
    •       (Caren Armstrong) Wide Open Spaces (Made Easy) In this set of beginner song lessons, Caren Armstrong will teach you "Wide Open Spaces", by The Dixie Chicks. We'll start with an overview of the song, then take a look at different capos and how to use them. Next up is a breakdown of the chords in the song, followed by the strumming pattern. Then we'll look at the song form and do a slow-play; we'll conclude with a play along performance then a jam along.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) Workin' Man Blues Mike will show you both iconic parts to this county classic from the clean electric guitar that chicken picks its way through some killer old school country rhythms and leads to the acoustic guitar that lays a solid foundation with open chords and boom-chick strumming.
    •       (Anders Mouridsen) Wrapped Up In You In this series of song lessons, Anders Mouridsen will be teaching you "Wrapped Up In You", as made famous by Garth Brooks. After introducing the song and going over the gear and tones, Anders will break down the rhythm and solo in the intro, then the details of the verses and choruses. Next up is the jam section of the tune, and another "hook" verse. Lastly is a solo guitar riff, the full performance play-along, and the "guitarless" jam-along.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) You Don't Know Her Like I Do Mike will show you all 4 guitar layers. Guitar 1 is an acoustic guitar layer that provides the backbone of the tune. Guitar 2 is a rhythm electric guitar that largely doubles the acoustic for a fuller sound. Guitar 3 is a clean electric guitar that adds some higher arpeggiations to the chord progression. Guitar 4 is the lead guitar that adds the signature hook, fills, a rock style solo, and a melodic slide solo in the outro.
    •       (Mike Olekshy) You Don't Know Me In this set of song lessons, Mike Olekshy will teach you the country standard "You Don't Know Me", made famous by Mickey Gilley. Mike will introduce the song to you and talk a bit about gear and tone, then he'll break down the intro and first verse. The verse 2 and 3 variations are up after that, then a look at the bridge of the song; then we're on to the final verse and outro. We'll conclude with a play along performance, then a jam along.
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