It’s no wonder why so many people want to learn country guitar. Country music is a wide and
diverse genre of very popular music. Within it are several of its own sub-genres, and playing
styles. All these different styles of Country have one thing in common: the guitar as defining a
big part of its sound, including both electric and acoustic guitars. So let’s take a look at what’s
required to learn country guitar!
One of the great things about the guitar is that it’s pretty easy to learn its basics. To learn
country guitar, you may wish to start off using a six string acoustic guitar. A Dreadnought model
is always a popular choice. Its big sound played with a pick can be heard over the rest of the
band, and is a great instrument for accompanying singers pining for lost loves. Another model of
large body guitars that can be used to learn country guitar are the Jumbos. These are set up a
little differently than Dreadnoughts. If you are thinking about single line picking and playing
solos this guitar may be a better choice.
Regardless of the model of the guitar you choose to learn country guitar on, its fundamental
techniques are the same. Make sure you learn the open chords as fast as possible. These fifteen or
so chords played around the first three frets of the guitar will get you strumming through many
different songs in no time at all!
You’ll want to learn some basic strumming patterns as well. They’re not that hard and four or
five patterns under your fingers will take you a long way. All you have to be able to do is
repeatedly count to four in a steady even manner at different speeds, and match your strumming
against that counting.
While you learn country guitar, add some depth to your playing skills by learning some bass line
patterns to go along with those chords and patterns. To start with, all you’ll need to do is once
again count to four, and play the root of the chord on beats one and three, while strumming on
beats two and four. If you know a few chords already, try this alternating between a C chord and a
As you learn country guitar, you may want to learn how to improvise solos. If this is the case,
start learning your major pentatonic scales as soon as possible - they are a part of the country
sound. These scales, really patterns as far as the guitarist is concerned, give you the notes to
use for soloing over a particular chord.
If you already know your minor pentatonic scales from playing the Blues, you already know these
patterns and to learn country guitar, you just need to adjust your orientation as to the
For example, consider an E minor pentatonic scale. It contains five notes repeated over the
range of the guitar: E-G-A-B-D. We think of the root-note or focus of this scale to be the pitch E.
In the Blues we use it for solos over an E7 chord, creating the Blues sound.
The G major pentatonic scale is: G-A-B-D-E with the root-note as G. It has exactly the same
notes are our E minor scale above, but we use it over a G major chord and focus on the note G.
To learn country guitar and the stylistic features of Country music, you can study different
licks, but more importantly, listen to the music. Listen to a lot of the music. This activity will
get the sound of the style in your head while you learn to transfer it to your fingers. Have