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Doug Seven Sizzling Guitar (Rated #1) This 4 DVD set is the best.

Pedal Steel Licks For Guitar - Forrest Lee Jr (Rated #2) Email link to purchase his DVD.

Redd Volkaert: "Stolen Licks"

Johnny Hiland - Chicken Picken' Guitar

Steve Travato - Hot Nashville Guitar

Steve Trovato - Country Licks for Guitar

James Burton - Hot Licks

Terry Downs

Arlen Roth - Masters of the Telecaster

John Petrucci - Rock Discipline

Get that Classic Fender Sound

Fred Sokolow goes very very slowly and is very specific. You might like his rockabilly dvd.

Scotty Anderson older Hotlicks

Any Brent Mason, Danny Gatton, Vince Gill, Clint Strong

Several Hot Licks titles as well as various other books, DVD's, and CD's are available at for prices the normal outlets can't touch.


Hal Leonard - Country Guitar Method by Greg Koch

Hal Leonard - Chicken Picking by Erik Halbig (with CD)


Mark Wein - Premier Guitar Lessons (Rated #1)


The term Chicken Pickin' actually refers to a specific technique where you mute the string as you pick on the down stroke and then "pop" it on the upstroke. Its kinda hard to explain in text. The best demo that I've seen of it was by Greg Koch in this video

People tend to use the term more generically to refer to country-style hybrid picking. I highly recommend this video as a start.


This site is a must have


Alan Jackson - I Don't Even Know Your Name
Brad Paisley - Mr Policeman
Brent Mason - Hotwired
Vince Gill - Liza Jane

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Paul Gilbert - Intense Rock Sequences & Techniques (Great for improving your speed)

Three Chord Guitar

Justin Sandercoe

Look at Don Rich playing with Buck Owens on Youtube. Modern hot rod Country started right there.


Try this to get started: Stick to your open D,G, and B strings. This is an inverted G Major chord and should sound good enough, so don't fret!
We will notate the pluckers as T for thumb, I for index, and M for middle. (Hybridders will have to modulate to Pick, Middle, and Ring).

Here are some forward roll examples: T I M T I M T M ; M T I M T I M I M ; I M T I M T I M.
Here are some backward roll examples: M I T M I T M I ; T M I T M I T M
And how about those Forward-backward patterns: T I M T M I T M ; I M T M I T I M


Hold the pick between the thumb and index and use your other fingers as well to do banjo rolls and other picking patterns.
This really is the secret to country playing (if it is a secret at all).

The more progressive country players (Brent Mason, Brad Paisley, Doug Seven, etc.) probably think in terms of arpeggios as often as scales when they're soloing.

For instance, you might build a phrase out of the notes of a ninth chord, connecting some of them together with little chromatic (half step) runs. This technique, borrowed from traditional jazz, keeps you harmonically locked into the chord progression and makes it easier to find your way around the neck. You still have to know basic scales, though. That's part of the vocabulary.

Another big thing that makes country sound so different is to occassionally throw in a flatted 3rd or flatted 7th. (unless it's a ballad, then they are no-no's)

But, as far as cool licks, you should grab the book 'The Gig Bag Book of Practical Pentatonics for all Guitarists." 500 riffs and examples.

What makes it Country as opposed to Rockabilly using the same scales are the pedal steel bends, the pull-offs to open strings, b**jo rolls, etc. and the different proportions of the various scales.

Also, you can get to or describe the same set of notes in different ways: major pentatonic plus some blue notes, minor pentatonic plus some major scale notes, dominant/mixolydian scale plus some b3ds, or major scale with some b7s and b3s all describe about the same thing.

Which of those you think of will affect what you play. I think it is a good idea to cross reference it in different ways. But the melodies to most Country songs are major scale. For improvisation over three chord Country songs, I generally think of the dominant/mixolydian scale built on each chord root with b3s mixed in, combined with the major pentatonic scale (which is contained within both the major and dominant scales, but I think of it as a separate entity), plus some minor pentatonic playing (with some major scale notes to fill in the gaps from time to time), for the Don Rich style.

Learn how (if you haven't already) a pick technique called the Claw.


When searching the web, youtube or limewire etc.. key words obviously would be chicken pickin', hybrid pickin', faux pedal steel, etc.

Compiled By: Duncan Savage