Andy Gurley's Guitar Lessons

Andy Gurley

Andy learned his first chords from his grandmother at age seven. He got serious about playing at age 16, after his uncle gave him a guitar. A few short months later, Andy was playing with bands.

Andy pursued a musical education, and attended Lambuth University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. He then moved to Los Angeles and studied at the Guitar Institute of Technology and finished with honors. He has toured and recorded all over the world with many artists and currently resides in Nashville.

On Guitar Tricks, his lessons range from country, rock, metal, funk, and blues.

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Angel Flying Too Close To the Ground Willie Nelson

These lessons will walk you through the form of the song in four of the lessons, rather than a list of licks. The form is the key to learning this masterpiece! The solo will also be covered along with a few of the electric guitar fills. Mastering these lessons will guarantee your spot in the next Smokey and the Bandit sequel.

Published: 06/16/2010 Upgrade
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Bloodletting (The Vampire Song) Concrete Blonde

This tutorial will breakdown Concrete Blonde's magnum opus into the few riffs that build this song as well as a lick by lick look at the solo. You'll learn the secrets to the thick tone of the riff and the strange, chorused tone of the solo. You'll find this heavy song is based on a few simple but effective elements.

Published: 10/18/2010 Upgrade
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Brick House The Commodores

Step along the dance floor, learning the moves that guys envy and ladies adore. We'll walk you step by through funk picking and timing, the various chords used in the sections of the song, even how to double the bass line. In short, how to get your groove on!

Published: 02/19/2010 Upgrade
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Carry On Wayward Son Kansas

Welcome to a giant standard in the classic rock catalog. In this series, we'll explore how to take simple chords and scales and add a healthy dose of chops to learn Carry On Wayward Son. This tutorial will methodically break down all the major song riffs as well as the solos, the tempos and feels, the rhythmic elements, the tone and gear, and lots more. We hope you are warmed up!

Published: 10/15/2009 Upgrade
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Crush 'Em Megadeth

In this series, we'll walk through the basic elements of this Megadeth tune: the verse hooks, pre-chorus, chorus, power chords, and solo, and then put it together in a playalong. Oh yes, and we'll crush the solo, too. Get ready.

Published: 02/16/2010 Upgrade
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Feel Like Making Love Bad Company

Is it a ballad? Is it a rock anthem? My AM radio says yes! This acoustic intro is one of the most recognizeable intros in the classic rock catalog that sets a mood before flowing into one of the most muscular riffs to ever hit an arena in the seventies. Want a ballad that still rocks hard? Look no further. Want a heavy riff that still shows you have some sensitivity? Hang around with bad company and you'll get it. And oh yes, there's a harmony solo to show your musicality and an outro solo that shows you can also melt faces. What do you feel like?

Published: 04/05/2011 Upgrade
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Frankenstein Edgar Winter Group

We have salvaged many parts - some perfect, some not so perfect - from a nearby Rock Graveyard. We'll assemble these parts with a bit of science, some secret ingredients (including the forbidden Bucket of Sauce), and the ancient text written by the hand of Dr. Edgar Winter himself! Get ready to learn Dan Hartman's licks and riffs, the rhythm playing, the harmony guitars, the use of wah pedal, and put the parts together in a play along.

Published: 02/22/2010 Upgrade
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Freebird Lynyrd Skynyrd

We'll break it all down for you. The arpeggiated opening guitar part, the signature slide line, the building riffs and the over four minute solo. You play it like this and they'll issue a "true southerner" membership card in the mail!

Published: 10/27/2010 Upgrade
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Funk #49 James Gang

Step by step we learn the components that build this classic rock masterpiece. There are only 3 riffs and two licks. Not much there considering the impact this song has on large groups of people, but that's what makes a truly classic riff or lick. The main guitar riff in this song really is one of the baddest of the 70s.

Published: 10/21/2010 Upgrade
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Human Fly The Cramps

This experiment is broken down riff by riff, lick by lick and sound by sound to show you the DNA of the psychobilly species. You've got your big fat fuzz tones, your retro-reverbed tremolo tones, descending chromatic intro and outro, and licks right out of the 60s. However, no science is exact and you should proceed at your own risk.

Published: 06/11/2010 Upgrade
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I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry Hank Williams

In this set of five lessons, Andy Gurley will show you how to play the country standard "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry", as made famous by Hank Williams. Andy will dig into the boom-chick strumming in 3/4 time, the lead fills, and as a bonus he'll teach you a solo based on the vocal melody. To close it out, we'll play along with whole song.

Published: 08/16/2011 Upgrade
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My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys Willie Nelson

In this song tutorial, Andy Gurley will teach you the song "My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys", as made famous by the legendary Willie Nelson. You'll learn both electric and acoustic parts in the intro and verses and choruses, plus the 6/8 strumming, that layer to form the perfect pages on which to write the cowboy story being told. We'll pull into the corral with a full play-along performance, with vocals.

Published: 10/03/2011 Upgrade
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Okie From Muskogee Merle Haggard

In the list of traditional country standards, this is one of the most popular. The 1970 country music Song of the Year is a longstanding classic that features many must-know techniques: solid acoustic strumming, hybrid-picking acoustic guitar and standard electric guitar fills. Learning this song is taking Country 101. Merle Haggard helped write the textbook while the guitarists helping him on this tune were none other than session legends Jerry Reed and James Burton. Get out your solid timing and taste and let's learn Okie From Muskogee.

Published: 01/27/2011 Upgrade
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On the Road Again Willie Nelson

This tutorial breaks the classic country staple down to its basic elements: Great boom-chick strumming, hooks that sell millions of records (or downloads for you net savvy hipsters), and well-crafted harmony guitars. Let's get to it!

Published: 12/12/2009 Upgrade
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Superfreak Rick James

In this tutorial you'll learn the main parts to this classic funk/dance song. There are surprisingly few; it's based on some simple yet effective repeating licks. You'll also learn the proper body glitter to body ratio for stage personae. It's about the pocket so we'll put it all in a groove to top it off.

Published: 05/25/2010 Upgrade
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You've Got Another Thing Coming Judas Priest

In this tutorial you will learn a metal classic, "You've Got Another Thing Coming" made famous by Judas Priest. We'll boost your chops with the minor pentatonic scale, hot rod your power chords, kick things up a notch with the riff behind the anthem and the metal rhythms. Then get ready to rock with a full play along!

Published: 12/11/2009 Upgrade
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Sneakin' Sally Through the Alley Robert Palmer

If you ever had a simple song and needed a good band, the N'awlins recipe says: add The Meters. If you've already got The Meters, add Robert Palmer. It's an all-star groove that will give you a plate full of feel, and we'll break the song apart and see how the layered parts create such funkiness. From the signature guitar hook to the simple open chords of the bridge, to the layers and bits of slide, there's a challenge for all levels here.

Published: 07/09/2010 Upgrade

Chords

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Andy Gurley
Same Chord, New Sound: The Art of Chord Inversion

These lessons will teach you to make the most of your regular chords. We'll learn 9 Major chord inversions and 9 Minor chord inversions and put them into real time. This will put real spice in your rhythm and lead guitar.

Published: 08/04/2009 Upgrade
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Open Chord Embellishments: In Multiple Keys

Basic chords in a few keys are used to show some basic country embellishment techniques.

Published: 03/10/2009 Upgrade
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Barre Chord Embellishments: Single Notes and Riffs

Shows how to approach playing various single note embellishments within barre chords.

Published: 03/20/2009 Upgrade
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Broke Down Chords

This tutorial explains basic arpeggiation: arpeggio means "broken chord". When you break chords down, you put together some of the nicest progressions and riffs in the style.

Published: 04/03/2009 Upgrade

Rock

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A Blues Guitarist Walks Into A Rock Bar...

This series will demonstrate simple, bluesy licks derived from the minor pentatonic and blues scale over riffs that we've created previously in Rock Level 1. Lead guitar work will be discussed more in depth in Level 2, but this will give you the idea of how a rock guitarist borrows from the blues more completely.

Published: 01/20/2010 Upgrade
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Borrowed Time

This tutorial will demonstrate how to take the three tonal centers of the 12 Bar Blues (the I, IV, and V chords) and create great rock riffs based on each one. We'll borrow these tonal centers to build memorable riffs in the style of your favorite rock acts.

Published: 01/20/2010 Upgrade
Andy Gurley
Break It Down!

In this series of lessons we'll learn the essential technique of arpeggiation, or how to break chords apart, using barre chords.

Published: 10/05/2009 Upgrade
Andy Gurley
Developing A Hook

This tutorial looks at creating hooks with open, barre, and power chords.

Published: 03/09/2009 Upgrade
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Extracting the Power!

In this series, we'll teach you what a power chord is, how to pull a power chord out of any major or minor barre chord, and how to put that power into some great examples.

Published: 10/05/2009 Upgrade
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I've Heard That Somewhere Before

We'll take the 12 Bar Blues Form reviewed in the first lesson and treat it with the style of artists such as Jack Johnson and the Counting Crows to demonstrate how rock artists borrow the 12 Bar Form.

Published: 01/20/2010 Upgrade
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It Ain't 12 Bars, But It'll Work

This series of lessons will demonstrate how to create and use a bluesy feel over progressions that are not in the 12 Bar Blues Form.

Published: 01/20/2010 Upgrade
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More On Strumming: Ghost Strums, Muting, Accents

To bring the student along into more advanced rhythmic ideas.

Published: 03/10/2009 Upgrade
Andy Gurley
Open Chords Vs. Barre Chords: When Worlds Collide

This series of lessons will demonstrate the composition of riffs using open chords and their variations, barre chords and power chords.

Published: 11/23/2009 Upgrade
Andy Gurley
Putting It All Together: Rock Song In Real Time

We take all the techniques you have learned and put them in the context of new groupings: the parts of a song. We'll learn how these techniques effect the sound of the verse, bridge and chorus of a song. Hopefully we'll get your chops up and your creative juices flowing.

Published: 11/19/2009 Upgrade
Andy Gurley
Raising the Barre With Riffs

Riffs are a standard part of the Rock vocabulary. This series of lessons will define riffs and teach the fundamentals of building solid riffs using the barre chord as a basic tool.

Published: 10/14/2009 Upgrade
Andy Gurley
Revenge of the Open Chords

Scale tones make open chords sound mean, sweet, or symphonic. This technique is used by the best, therefore you should use this to convince your sweetheart you love her/him or to rip the face off "The Man".

Published: 11/23/2009 Upgrade
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Riff Deconstruction

This tutorial will break down riffs from the inside out so that you learn to SEE them as well as HEAR them. This will help you get the most out of this course as well as the Guitar Tricks site.

Published: 09/29/2010 Upgrade
Andy Gurley
Rock, I Am Your Father

This tutorial sets the tone for what we'll learn in all the tutorials in this chapter. You should see that there is value in learning the blues to put a sharper edge on your playing. Rock has a huge history with the blues and hopefully these candid interviews will give you an idea of how each player is influenced by this history.

Published: 10/28/2010 Upgrade
Andy Gurley
Walk the Talk

These lessons explore simple riff composition based on a two chord progression. This is the kind of progression you would play at a jam session with friends or when sitting in with a band onstage. These techniques are the building blocks for all great riff composition.

Published: 09/22/2010 Upgrade
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We Must Have More Power!

This tutorial will teach more difficult ways of playing riffs using power chords and more complex rhythmic ideas.

Published: 10/28/2009 Upgrade

Rock Tone

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Rock Tone: Effects

In these lessons we'll give you an overview of several FX pedals commonly used in rock. We'll start with overdrive and stacking overdrives, then examine distortion. Next we'll compare overdrive, distortion, and fuzz. After that we'll look at delay, chorus, and the wah pedal; followed by compression, the phaser, and the octave pedal and volume pedal. We'll finish with the ring modulator.

Published: 03/30/2009 Upgrade
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Rock Tone: Amplifiers

This tutorial is better than trying to fight your way through the crowd of weekend window shoppers at your local music store. We take a look at how different models of amplifiers sound. These amps are a good cross-cut of the main models your will choose from in the market today. Also, we pair each model with the main guitar models you probably own to show how this choice changes the amp tone. This is what you want to know in designing your rig and purchasing your gear!

Published: 08/10/2010 Upgrade
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Rock Tone: Guitars

How can you try guitars in your local music store when that kid keeps butchering Smoke On the Water next to you? Let us do the dirty work for you and help you think it through before you get there! We'll give you a good listen to what the most common guitar models sound like - SG, Les Paul, Strat, and more - and how an amplifier can effect that tone subtlely or drastically, so you can make informed choices.

Published: 08/11/2010 Upgrade
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Rock Tone: Setups

This is a series of non-playing lessons that give you a look at the guitar/amp/effects setups that make rock actually ROCK. You'll be surprised at how simple most setups are (some literally guitar and amp only). Most legendary players use a "less is more" principle. By using the models we give you here, you'll be able to build a great tone from the ground up.

Published: 09/22/2010 Upgrade
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Rock Tone: Miscellaneous

In these 5 lessons, we'll learn how other miscellaneous factors influence your rock guitar tone. We'll first hear how using a pick affects your tone, then the contrast from playing with just your fingers. Next we'll hear how a slide affects your tone in a rock context. A capo is sometimes used in rock, and we'll learn how that affects your tone as well. Lastly, we'll take a look and listen to the eBow.

Published: 04/03/2009 Upgrade

Country

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Same Ground, New Garden

The 12 Bar Blues form is important to the country style. Don't worry, we won't turn you into a bluesman. Learning the form is an essential part of country music. You'll learn the chords and counts to the form as well as how to play the chords so that you are still being true to the country style. You will still be playing from the same ground that raises all country music. In this ground, however, you'll be raising a new garden!

Published: 01/03/2011 Upgrade
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Riff Crop

This tutorial throws all of our chords into the mix. You will no longer single a particular chord form (open, barre, power) out for a riff. You will combine them into riffs that you'd hear on stages and radio stations. It's time to master the chord forms using great riffs.

Published: 01/03/2011 Upgrade
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Powerful Riffs

These lessons focus on creating great country riffs using only power chords. The power chord was a staple of blues, rock and pop music long before country artists got a hold of them. These chords changed the sound and feel of the genre. These lessons will give your hands and ears the tools needed to master this essential tool.

Published: 01/04/2011 Upgrade
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Power Plus Some

Now that we have a grip on some riffs that use only power chords, it is time to put them to the test and see how well you really know them. We will combine these chords with open and barre chords into riffs that will test your ability to jump in and out of making each voicing. You will become a stronger player and have a deeper insight into how these voicings create great country riffs.

Published: 01/19/2011 Upgrade
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It's All In There

These lessons are less thorough in explaining particular techniques and more in depth in their combinations of techniques. They are a true test to your ears and your eyes, so use them as such. It's okay for it to go slowly. That's the way you accomplish the skills you need to be stage ready. These skills will come more quickly the more you do this. That's a fact.

Published: 01/05/2011 Upgrade
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Stage Ready Rhythm

These lessons will combine all of the fundamentals we've studied into stage ready progresssions. We'll use: open chords, barre chords, power chords, strumming, ghost strumming, boom-chick strumming, arpeggiation, and muting and more. Putting these in combinations with each other means you are getting stronger as a player and you are that much closer to being ready to go and play with others.

Published: 01/05/2011 Upgrade
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Haulin' Rhythm

So far, we've tackled one technique at a time when learning the basics of country rhythm guitar. It's time to take it up a notch and combine the techniques to show how they work together to form great country rhythm ideas. We'll use open chords, boom chick strumming and ghost strums to demostrate great modern country rhythm.

Published: 12/10/2010 Upgrade
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Gimme 3 Chords

There are 3 chords in the 12 Bar Blues Form. When you treat each chord as if it were its own key, you can create great riffs around each key. We will walk you through many examples of how this is done and put you on the path to hearing and creating your own great ideas.

Published: 01/05/2011 Upgrade
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Fresh From the Chord Farm

These lessons will define what a riff is and teach you how riffs are pulled out of chord progressions. Knowing chords and being able to remember chord progressions is a must to get the most from this series. Riffs are career-makers for country guitarists - so let's put the pedal to the metal and get some great ones under our belt!

Published: 01/04/2011 Upgrade
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Delta Chicken Pickin'

Country music has a great library of classic lead guitar licks. Some of these licks borrow heavily from the blues. The main focus of these lessons will be the tool that is the staple of blues lead guitar: The Minor Pentatonic Scale. We will discuss how to apply this scale to the progression you are playing and create great riffs using the scale. The concept of lead guitar is discussed further in the next level of the Country style, but this will give you a taste of what is to come. It's an essential way that country music borrows from the blues.

Published: 01/06/2011 Upgrade
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A Truckload of Power

Power chords were a staple of rock and blues music long before country music found this treasure chest that makes old standards sound modern. In this series we will use power chords exclusively so that you can incorporate them into your playing and make them a standard part of your vocabulary.

Published: 01/17/2011 Upgrade
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Bluesy, Not Blues

In our study of how country music borrows from the blues, we've learned that country music borrows the 12 bar blues form. In this tutorial, however, we will see that country music doesn't always use the 12 bar form. Many times it uses a simple note, bend or chord form that makes part of the song sound bluesy. It's part blues, all country and all style in these lessons.

Published: 01/03/2011 Upgrade
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Un-CAGE the Scales: The CAGED System

This tutorial will give you the basic scale shapes needed to play in any key on the entire neck.

Published: 08/04/2009 Upgrade
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Un-CAGE the Chops: CAGED System Technique Exercise

Learning the basic rhythmic subdivisions of 8th notes, triplets and 16th notes is the basis for solid pickin'. Practicing the CAGED system using these rhythms will supercharge your chops and make learning licks easier.

Published: 08/04/2009 Upgrade
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Un-CAGE the Licks: The CAGED System Standard Licks

These lessons put the rubber on the road. It's time to learn licks that use everything we've learned so far: CAGED scales, rhythmic subdivisions, articulations and playing in real time. Here are some of the licks that built Nashville.

Published: 08/04/2009 Upgrade
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City Chords, Country Sound

This tutorial will give you a better chord vocabulary. No longer will those pesky 7s, 11s, 13s and so forth be a mystery to you. This tutorial will get you ready for the progressions that follow.

Published: 08/07/2009 Upgrade
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It's Not What You Play But How You Play It

This series of lesson will give you the basic preparation to start making licks of the CAGED scales. We'll learn techniques that give your licks feel and style.

Published: 08/04/2009 Upgrade
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Pre-Pickin' Party

This tutorial covers many exercises and ways of speeding up your pick and fingers. Use these exercises to build the chops necessary to play hot licks, scales and riffs.

Published: 08/04/2009 Upgrade
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Hybrid Picking Primer

Hybrid picking is a hybrid of using a pick and using the fingers to get a snappy, chicken picking sound. This series of lessons will get you started with solid techniques that will get your hybrid picking fundamentals down.

Published: 08/19/2009 Upgrade
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The Chet Atkins/Merle Travis Style Picking Primer

In this series of eight lessons, Andy Gurley will introduce you to the picking styles of Chet Atkins and Merle Travis. First up is the basic picking hand motion, then you'll start developing the use of your thumb. Adding finger syncopation is next, then we'll examine a progression using our basic pattern. Then it's time to develop independence with your fingers and thumb, and we'll conclude with some moveable shapes and final thoughts.

Published: 08/19/2009 Upgrade
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Kick It Off: The Country Introduction

There's nothing more important than knowing how to kick off a song. In this lesson series we'll explore how to build and play your own country introductions.

Published: 08/20/2009 Upgrade
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Shut It Down: The Country Ending

In this lesson series we'll explore how to create and play the ending to many country songs using techniques learned so far in the course.

Published: 08/20/2009 Upgrade
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Fill 'Er Up

This series of lessons will give you what you need to know about the country fill. We'll look at common fills using the scales and chords you know.

Published: 08/20/2009 Upgrade
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Practice What You Preach

In these lessons you'll be putting all of our new chords into real time examples. It's time to put these chords into action and find out why country guitar sounds great when using these techniques.

Published: 08/04/2009 Upgrade
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Country Style Music Theory

Functional Harmony and the Nashville Number System are the foundations to country songwriting, session work and gigging. Here is a brief look at both.

Published: 08/04/2009 Upgrade
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Riff Examples in Multiple Keys

Examples of different country riffs, demonstrated with progressions, covering what's been demonstrated so far in this chapter.

Published: 03/24/2009 Upgrade
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Sharecropping the Blues

There is an undisputable blues taste to Country Music. Just how important is the blues when it comes to learning to play country guitar? We'll interview two of Nashville's stringslingers to find out why Stevie Ray is as important as Billy Ray when it comes to chicken pickin' and country music.

Published: 02/25/2011 Upgrade

Country Tone

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Country Tone: Guitar Setup

In this tutorial we'll give you an overview of the Telecaster, Strat, and Les Paul tone controls and pickups, plus getting tones from an acoustic guitar. Each of these guitars are commonly used in country music, and in these lessons you'll get an idea of how they sound and the role they play in country music.

Published: 03/10/2009 Upgrade
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Country Tone: Amplifier Setup

In these lessons we take a look at amplifier setups in order to achieve great country tone. We'll introduce you to both tube and solid state amps, then learn about EQ controls and how equalization affects your tone. We'll demonstrate volume controls and how volume changes tone as well, then look at various settings you can use on your amp.

Published: 04/03/2009 Upgrade
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Country Tone: Effects

Yes, effects are used in country music! Here we'll travel down a chain of commonly used effects in country music and hear how each can affect your tone. We'll teach you some ways you can use and tweak overdrive, compression, chorus, delay, tremolo, phaser, and a volume pedal to achieve killer country tone.

Published: 04/03/2009 Upgrade
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Country Tone: Miscellaneous

This tutorial contains lessons on some miscellaneous components that will affect the tones to get in your country playing. We'll hear how using a pick affects your tone, then how things sound when you play with your fingers. We'll get into the sound of the slide next, then look at the use of a capo.

Published: 03/10/2009 Upgrade

The Masters of Country Music

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Rhythm Guitar Like the Traditional Country Masters

in this lesson series we will learn a traditional country progression, techniques to play that progression, tone and equipment choices to sound like the masters, and who to check out to hear examples of great Traditional Country music.

Published: 08/19/2009 Upgrade
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Rhythm Guitar in the Style of Master Brent Mason

In this series of lessons we'll explore some of the techniques and equipment necessary to play in the Brent Mason style. We'll show you a couple of example licks that use hybrid picking, inversions, and arpeggiation, and talk about how to get that Brent Mason style tone.

Published: 08/19/2009 Upgrade
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Rhythm Guitar Like the Western Swing Masters

In this series of lessons we'll check out the best players to hear in order to learn the Western Swing style and the way to play a chord progression using the right techniques and equipment for this style.

Published: 08/19/2009 Upgrade
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Rhythm Guitar in the Style of Master Chet Atkins

In this series, the guitarist will know how to treat a chord progression in the style of masters Chet Atkins and Merle Travis and what choices to make to play this style with great tone and equipment. This series also gives a great list of references so that you know which players and recordings to check out to master this style.

Published: 08/19/2009 Upgrade
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Rhythm Guitar Like the Modern Country Masters

In this lesson series we'll look at masters of the Modern Country style and learn which techniques and equipment to use to transform any chord progression into a Modern Country masterpiece.

Published: 08/19/2009 Upgrade

Exercises

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Sequences and Practice Techniques

The use of sequences are a great way to better your technique and heighten your skill as a blues soloist. In this tutorial, we are going to show you a variety of different ways to approach the scales already used in blues to aid you in having better chops and technique. Make sure to develop these exercises even further as you move through this course; as all are great ways to warm up for your next lesson or gig. Let's get started.

Published: 08/06/2009 Upgrade
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Finger and Picking Technique Exercises

These exercises are designed to build dexterity for lead playing.

Published: 03/20/2009 Upgrade

Blues

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Getting the Blues: The Blues Scale

Andy Gurley takes a look at the blues scale and it's relationship to the minor pentatonic.

Published: 08/13/2009 Upgrade
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Blues Rhythm Riffs 3

This tutorial gives you an introduction to the concept of the riff, as applied to blues.

Published: 03/24/2009 Upgrade
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12 Bar Blues Form: Minor and Dominant Chords

An introduction to basic open and barre forms of minor and dominant chords.

Published: 03/24/2009 Upgrade
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Essential Blues Rhythm: The Blues Shuffle

To take the previous "straight versus swing" lessons into the area of the blues shuffle, the primary feel of the blues.

Published: 03/24/2009 Upgrade
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Minor Pentatonics in Blues Soloing

Andy Gurley takes a look at the minor pentatonic scale.

Published: 08/13/2009 Upgrade

Blues Tone

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Blues Tone: Amplifiers

There are many different kinds of amplifiers to choose from. These are 3 primary amp styles on which most models are based, and here we'll look at 2 tube amps and a solid state amp. Use this demonstration by a pro to get a good idea of what kind of amp best suits your style.

Published: 05/05/2010 Upgrade
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Blues Tone: Effects

This tutorial will give you the know-how to identify and put together great gear to get the tone you want. With these lessons, we hope to take away some of the work it takes to find the right effects and make the most of your hard-earned dollars. We'll look at overdrive, distortion, tremolo, delay, wah, fuzz, and vibe pedal.

Published: 05/06/2010 Upgrade
Andy Gurley
Blues Tone: Getting the Right Setup

These non-playing lessons will do a side-by-side comparison of guitar tones, amp tones, and the difference in tones created by the most common effects used by blues guitarists. We'll look at several tone configurations to give a good overview of the variety of choices available to get killer blues tone.

Published: 06/12/2010 Upgrade
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Blues Tone: Guitars

In this tutorial we'll walk you through the sounds and electronic configurations available on the most popular guitars in the market: semi-hollow body, Les Paul, SG, Telecaster, and more. You will have a great idea of what guitar will give you the sound you want, to become the blues player you want to be.

Published: 05/05/2010 Upgrade
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Blues Tone: Odds and Ends

In this tutorial we'll answer questions about the tonal differences between using your fingers instead of a pick. We'll also look at the bottleneck slide, then how to use a capo. All these are important components of getting great blues tone and style.

Published: 06/15/2010 Upgrade
Andy Gurley
Blues Tone: Odds and Ends

In this tutorial we'll answer questions about the tonal differences between using your fingers instead of a pick. We'll also look at the bottleneck slide, then how to use a capo. All these are important components of getting great blues tone and style.

Published: 06/15/2010 Upgrade

Musicianship

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Andy Gurley
Elements of Better Blues Musicianship 2

This tutorial has no hands-on examples, yet has some of the most practical advice offered on the site. This is how you should use the information we give you here. This is how you should learn to play in a band situation. This is how you make the most of what you have, even if it's just a few crafty licks. We spend a good deal of time working your vocabulary and chops. Now it's time to make you into a MUSICIAN.

Published: 11/19/2009 Upgrade
Andy Gurley
Elements of Better Country Musicianship

This is a non-playing lesson series meant to give you an idea of how to practice and set goals that better you as a musician. Music is a performance art that is driven by YOU and your interaction with others. Make the most of it!

Published: 08/04/2009 Upgrade
Andy Gurley
Elements of Better Rock Musicianship

Non-playing lessons on important components of guitar playing that help you grow as a musician.

Published: 04/29/2009 Upgrade

Guitar Tricks Channel

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Andy Gurley
GT Channel: Andy Gurley

In this 2 lesson set, Andy Gurley will be the guest host for the GT channel and teach you one of his country guitar licks, then J.D. Jarrell will join him and they'll give you insights on how to play a dual solo.

Published: 07/19/2012 Upgrade