Country and Western Solo

by Chris Shofner

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  • The "Country and Western Solo" lesson cover a vintage 1940s/1950s style country solo. This early era of country music has some of the hallmark sounds of today but it has a closer connection to Jazz and Blues, and as "country guitar" players as we often think of them were just developing. Studio musicians typically had a foundation in Jazz and Blues styles of the time.

    Also the solid body electric guitar was not successfully marketed until 1948 by Leo Fender (The Broadcaster - later to become the Telecaster). Therefore, the tone is more akin to hollow body style electric guitars. Also, string bends were not very common at this time as most players were using heavier gauge strings - and even a wound 3rd string (G).

    Techniques used in the lesson:

    Chromatic Runs
    Mixolydian Mode
    Pentatonic Scales
    Hammer-ons
    Pull-offs
    Double-stops
    Synchopated rhythms

    Key: E
    Chords: E A B
    BPM: 160
    Gear: Ibanez AF75T>Vox AC15C1>Sennheiser e906>Presonus>Ableton Live

    Scales and Modes:

    E Major
    E IONIAN MODE

    E Mixolydian
    E

    E Pentatonic
    E

    A Major
    A

    B Major
    B



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