Country guitar is a style of playing with some unique facets. But when it comes to learning to play country, the process boils down to the same essentials. Jamming with other players is always one of the best ways to hone your craft.
In his Country edition of Trading Solos, Jason Loughlin helps you get your soloing skills up to speed. Then, you and Jason will take turns comping and soloing for one another so you can get that vital practice under your belt.
Here are five free video country guitar soloing lessons from the course. For the full course, check out Jason Loughlin’s Trading Solos: Country on TrueFire!
Country Guitar Lesson – Track 4: Outlaw Country – Track Overview
This jam is going to be over an outlaw style track in B with a halftime feel. The progression is B-B-A-E-B-B-B-B-A-E-B-B-B-B-A-E-B-B-B-B-A-E-F#-F#. This is a longer form than we’ve soloing over, and you can also hear that this isn’t a common I-IV-V progression: the second chord is a bVII. Listen to the bassline figure – this is something we can bring attention to in our comping. When soloing over these outlaw country tunes, we want to lean a little heavier into the blues.
Country Guitar Lesson – Track 4: Outlaw Country – Three Comping Ideas
My first comping approach is to stay low and add some weight. I’m leaving the 3rds out of these chords to create a more open sound. I’m also going to double the bass riff to help establish it more as a hook.
Our second approach is to have a repetitive arpeggiation. I’ve chosen a voicing that puts the root and b7th next to each other. I’ve also added the phase effect. For the A and E chord, I’m chosing a two note voicing that incorporates the open B string.
Country Guitar Lesson – Track 4: Outlaw Country – Three Soloing Ideas
Our first soloing idea is going to focus on the tritone that happens between the b3rd and 6th when you combine the major and minor pentatonic. Anywhere you can find those and embellish them will sound good.
Another approach is to consistently target a chord tone. For this example, I’m picking the 3rd but the root and 5th work great too. This also helps tie things together for the listener.
The last soloing idea is to bend double stops. I’m picking different double stops and starting a half step below and then bending up to pitch.
Country Guitar Lesson – Track 4: Outlaw Country – Playalong Preview
In this preview, you can check out how these soloing concepts are being used and how they work with the different rhythmic approaches.
Country Guitar Lesson – Track 4: Outlaw Country – Playalong
Let’s take all of our soloing and comping ideas and put them to use by trading solos. I’ll kick it off and solo two times through the progression while you play rhythm for me, and then I’ll just play rhythm while you solo.
Digging these free video country soloing guitar lessons? Check out Jason Loughlin’s full course, Trading Solos: Country.