EXAMPLE 1: CHET ATKINS As a producer for RCA Nashville, Chet found himself playing on many records that came out of Music Row. Below are what Chet described as banjo rolls, he mostly played these during a solo and they were played in sympathy with the accompanying chords. I personally use a thumbpick for anything that I play ‘Chet style’, but hybrid picking will work just as well here. Resting your wrist/hand on the bridge of your guitar will help improve your picking accuracy.
EXAMPLE 2: HANK GARLAND Sugarfoot Garland, named after his hit Sugarfoot Rag, was a monster player on the Nashville scene, but his true love was jazz. This idea is based on soloing around a barred open position C major shape. Many country guitarists prefer to visualise the chords when soloing, and doing so does tend to influence one’s note selection. Playing neighbouring notes of the actual chord tones also helps you throw in some chromaticism. The 9th chords are a voicing often heard in Hank’s recordings.