Love it Emir! We don't have enough country material at GMC.
Amazing lesson Emir! We can never get enough of these cool country licks!
Excellent lesson! Can't wait to get started working on learning it.
Yeeehaaaaw! Awesomeness at it's best! Great job,Emir:D
Amazing playing Emir! This country lesson is awesome!
Awesome Country lesson Emir!
Have a great holiday
Wow! Excelent lesson, Emir! This is an amazing style but a little unknown for most people (for example I myself) The licks are impressive
What a lesson! You really put much effort into it!...glavno da je narodno
Amazing lesson, I´m stealing those licks right away!
Good stuff! I felt like I was a little kid again watching Roy Clark and Buck Owens on the T.V. show called Hee Haw!
Great stuff Emir, I wanted to learn some of this stuff when I heard you play that country stuff on the Muris Amp testing video. Very cool
Right, I'm off to dig out my Stetson and my Cowboy Boots!!!!
Awesome. We're mired in a huge country music festival here right now. This is timely, to say the least. Great licks, and great precision in execution as always, Emir. Worth working on for sure.
Very cool Emir, I love country licks!
Extra licks !!
Lick 7 is very Rhode Island Shred (Guthrie).
Great job man, I love country licks (that sounds like a bizarre sexual practice...)
Great chops bro.
Very funny stuff to play
Great lesson Emir.
Amazing chicken picking Emir! Thanks for the lesson.
Awesome licks Emir!
It's cool to have some country lessons here
You could get your own theater here in Branson MO with those tasty licks.
YeeeHaw! Indeed. Why, I do declare, there's a-somethin' pickin' on my back door, and for what some might consider colloquial terms, I must say, this is COOLNESS Country style. I'm a real follower of All your lessons, as well as quite a few other experts featuring their lessons here on Masterclass as well (Like Muris - and I know you and he are friends is why I mention it here). In fact, after playing for quite a number of years myself now, I have to say that great artist like you have really helped to broaden my horizons. Not all of us have what is necessary to acquire what you have apparently been blessed with - aside of talent, like schooling and expert mentoring. But here you are, doing it in person for guys like me. Emir, you're a real pro and all your effort is much appreciated. In a nutshell, "Great chops bro." Thanks again...
Great licks, awesome playing.
Awesome licks, Emir! Love the lesson!
Thanks everybody for nice words. I am replying from internet cafe in Opatija (Croatia/Istra). Great weather here, really hot
Woohoo! Awesome lesson!!!
I'll start learning this one as soon as I finish recording the album.
That's so coool!!! Really awesome country sound!
Bawk bawk bawk ! Yiiiihaaaaw ! Awesome, Emir !
i love albert lee - great stuff emir
this totally rocks, I need some country licks in my bag. Your lessons are some of my favorites )
Thank you people
Hi and welcome to my first country lesson.
I've always been fan of this style but never really had an opportunity to jam with some good country player. It was nearly 20 years ago when I heard Danny Gatton in "Guitar Player" magazine and got really interested in country techniques. The first real experience I had was at the guitar university with my teacher Lee Hodgson who is a great country master. In this lesson I tried to show you some of my favorite licks which you can hear mostly in Albert Lee's playing. He visited our school several times and did some amazing masterclasses.
The important technique in this style is hybrid picking combined with open strings. All those open string notes should be played with the "let ring" technique which gives a totally new dimension in country licks. The rest of picking is mainly alternate. In the GP file I left all the marks for the right hand fingering which you need for hybrid picking. Try to use it as much as possible - every time you have an opportunity to pluck the string with the right hand finger just go for it. Now the combination of slides and hammer ons/pull offs plays an important role. The same lick wouldn't sound the same if you pick two notes instead of playing a slide or legato. Read the tab carefuly and get all those techniques as writen. I made this lesson in the key of G as that key gives a lot of opportunities for combining open strings within licks. You might find that I don't pick every note correctly in the slow videos because it's a very different feel when you speed it up. Just rely on the GP file and you'll be fine.
The main scale used is G major pentatonic. You can of course use G major scale but the more you go for the pentatonic approach the more you'll sound in style. You can also mix blues and minor pentatonic scale but you should always tend to resolve on the major pentatonic. Any chromatic note can be played but always get back quickly in the major shape. You will see that many times when I play minor 3rd interval I imediately resolve on major 3rd note. I approach that major 3rd either with the slide, hammer on/pull off or bending. The same rule applies for the blues scale where I sometimes play the b5 note. Those passing notes are just another ingredient in coloring the lick but remember the major pentatonic is your main base.
I hope this lesson will help you get some good understanding of this technique. I am open for any questions as always.