Fingerstyle Country

by Chris Shofner

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  • The "Fingerstyle Country" lesson is inspired by the sounds of Merle Travis and Chet Atkins. The style combines rhythmic and melodic playing. The picking style is traditional a hybrid or either a thumb pick with four finger or a standard pick with three fingers. The tone is warm and full bodied so a hollow body guitar or at least playing in the neck pickup position will get you close. I have also added a slap back delay to give it a little more rockabilly feel. This style may not feel as natural as some so I recommend just playing the opening bar over and over from very slow then up to tempo. Once you eel comfortable with the first bar the rest should come more naturally.

    Key: E
    Chords: E, E7, A7, B7, C#m7
    Time signature: 4/4
    BPM: 110

    Gear: Tele(neck pickup)>ZVEX SHO Clone>Pedalmonsters Klone>TRex Reptile 2 delay>Vox AC15>Shure SM57>Presonus>Ableton Live

    Scales:

    A Mixolydian
    A MIXOLYDIAN MODE
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