Song Lesson Library

With this country song list, you will have the opportunity to learn country classics from country greats like Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard. Utilizing the skills you learned through the Country Styles courses, you'll be able to apply those techniques into real-world songs. Putting the pieces together from practice to performance is a joy. Use these country songs to help you do that, and have fun!

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Any acoustic guitar is suitable to play this tune. This song uses open chords, cut time, a boom chick strumming approach, and dynamics.

Published: 06/03/2022
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There is one acoustic guitar layer used in this song that mixes folk, bluegrass and country style playing. This song uses a capo, open chords, 3/4 time, and a steady boom chick strum approach.

Published: 05/13/2022
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There are 2 guitars in this song. Guitar 1 is an acoustic guitar that strums the progressions throughout. Guitar 2 is a light crunch electric guitar that adds additional rhythm guitar and slide embellishments. This song uses a 6/8 feel, steady acoustic strumming, slide guitar, dynamics, and pedal steel inspired licks.

Published: 05/05/2022
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This song features an electric guitar playing rhythm throughout the tune, while an acoustic guitar adds a simple part in the funky bridge section. This song uses drop D power chords, steady strum approaches, palm muting, funky riffing, and octaves.

Published: 04/28/2022
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There are 2 guitars in this song. Guitar 1 is an acoustic guitar that strums the progressions throughout. Guitar 2 is a clean electric guitar that adds country-style melodic riffs to the arrangement. This song uses dropped-D tuning, open chords, a 6/8 groove, and pedal-steel style riffs and licks.

Published: 02/24/2022
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Mike will show you the 2 light crunch electric guitar layers in this song. Guitar 1 plays the main riffs and rhythms throughout, while Guitar 2 adds the fills. The tune features a pedal steel solo adapted for guitar. This tune uses grooving strum approaches, power chords and barre chords, palm muting, and dynamics.

Published: 10/28/2021
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Mike will show you the 2 guitar parts to play through this song. Guitar 1 will play the iconic single note melodies, while Guitar 2 will play through the chord progression.

Published: 08/26/2021
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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).

Published: 05/04/2017
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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.

Published: 04/27/2017
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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.

Published: 08/22/2016
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Mike will show you all the great parts in this song: power chords, diad boogie rhythms, suspended chords, and some harmonized lead concepts.

Published: 08/11/2016
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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.

Published: 08/01/2016
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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!

Published: 06/13/2016
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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.

Published: 05/23/2016
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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.

Published: 05/19/2016
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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.

Published: 05/09/2016
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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.

Published: 04/28/2016
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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.

Published: 02/18/2016
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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.

Published: 02/08/2016
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Caren will show you all the parts of this uptempo country classic played on acoustic guitar featuring some boom-chick strumming and modulations.

Published: 01/26/2016
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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.

Published: 12/08/2015
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Douglas will show you how to play the single acoustic guitar approached for this modern country anthem.

Published: 09/10/2015
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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.

Published: 09/10/2015
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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.

Published: 09/10/2015
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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.

Published: 09/10/2015
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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.

Published: 07/09/2015
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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.

Published: 06/08/2015
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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.

Published: 05/28/2015
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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.

Published: 05/14/2015
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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.

Published: 04/30/2015
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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.

Published: 04/27/2015
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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.

Published: 04/16/2015
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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.

Published: 02/05/2015
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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.

Published: 01/28/2015
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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.

Published: 01/15/2015
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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.

Published: 11/17/2014
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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!

Published: 10/16/2014
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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.

Published: 10/02/2014
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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.

Published: 09/11/2014
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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.

Published: 07/21/2014
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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.

Published: 06/26/2014
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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!

Published: 06/23/2014
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"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.

Published: 05/07/2014
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"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.

Published: 04/28/2014
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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.

Published: 04/23/2014
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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.

Published: 03/03/2014
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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.

Published: 02/27/2014
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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.

Published: 02/18/2014
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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.

Published: 12/11/2013
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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.

Published: 12/04/2013
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