PLAY­ING TIPS

Guitar Techniques - - Play: Country -

EX­AM­PLE 7: PAT BUCHANAN I first be­came aware of Pat’s name from read­ing the liner notes of The Dixie Chicks’ Fly al­bum. This ex­am­ple is how Pat might ap­proach a coun­try blues shuf­fle. The slid­ing dou­ble-stops in­stantly make the piece sound coun­try. Ideally you should try and pop the fifth and fourth strings in the main riff so that they al­most slap back against the fret­board. Coun­try gui­tar is of­ten very pe­rus­sive, and this is a great way of adding twang, bite and at­tack.

EX­AM­PLE 8: JERRY MCPHE RSON Jerry has had a very suc­cess­ful ca­reer in the Chris­tian genre. Chicken pickin’ is so called be­cause of the ‘cluck­ing’ sound cre­ated by the 16th-note triplets; to achieve this sound you can ei­ther palm mute the ap­pro­pri­ate string or fret very lightly with your fin­gers. For the first two chicken picked pieces I have in­cluded two al­ter­na­tive ap­proaches to fin­ger­ing the same pat­tern; I per­son­ally pre­fer the first, but you may favour the sec­ond. I would rec­om­mend us­ing the sug­gested fin­ger­ing though.

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