Country Rhythm Guitar

by Stephane Lucarelli

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  • Hi GMC!

    In this lesson we'll examine some country rhythm guitar techniques, a good basis for every guitarist!

    More precisely we gonna take a look at the "Carter Strum" (Carter family / Maybelle Carter influencial guitar style / late 20's).

    Basically the "Carter Strum" separate the chord into two elements : a bass note on beats 1 & 3 and the strummed chord on beats 2 & 4. You'll find more technical and theoretical explanations in each musical example/video.

    Although this comping style is often played with an acoustic guitar we can play both with electric or acoustic guitar.
    On the electric guitar I slightly mute the strings with the palm of the picking hand.

    Regarding the chords, we are going to use the well known open-position of G, C and D major chords.

    I G I % I % I % I C I % I % I % I
    I D I % I % I % I G I % I % I % I

    Gear used :

    - Fender Telecaster (middle pickup)
    - Amplitube

    Have fun!
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