One of the advantages I have of living in Nashville is the ability to go hear great guitar players, virtually any night of the week. Some of the best sounding guitar stuff is the slow, melodic lead work that you’ll hear in a country ballad. I tried to re-create that feel in this lesson and threw some bluesy minor pentatonic stuff in as well. Even though this whole composition is less than 2 minutes in length, there is a lifetime of knowledge regarding fill licks, visualizing chords, and picking the notes out of those chords.
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Really nice, amazes me how you come up with these every week.
Phil M says
PING !!!! The light just went on, on the the way you can use parts of chords from different chord shapes and positions. It hasn’t improved my playing but at least i understand where my fingers should be if only I could get them there on time. Thank you for your time in producing these lesson.
Really really nice.. kind of stuff I want to play.. thanks man!
Paul W says
This kind of slow blues music is great hope we can have some more in the same style. My guitar has been standing in my room for too long and this lesson has made me pick it up again. Great Lesson
Mike T. says
I totally agree with you Paul. This one is a beaut – not too fast for use Newbs. Hey Brian can we have more like this – slow and mellow bluesy/country stuff? I know you can do it!
Wasn’t 45 seconds into the lesson when I realized it was a “keeper”.
Thanks again Brian. Don’t know how you do it.
Love when its country week, seems like you pull out the weopons on these alot, great lesson Brian
Brian, I can’t thank you enough for the inspiration and instruction you’ve given me since I became a member. I’ve dabbled since I was a teen, now 40 years later I’m really learning how to play guitar. How about a Bruce Cockburn-style lesson?
Brian, beautiful nostalic ballad, remembering old times, great lesson.
Brilliant Brian Love these Country Blues!
So much Knowledge your Passing on with the Concepts behind it!
Thank you for all you do!
Very lovely Melody Brian, It seems like everything in music is so close, yet so far apart.
I’m still waiting for that light. Another great lesion, thats.
So many fewer notes than last week but so melodic. I love it. I was surprised to hear Bruce Cockburn’s name show up as a request. His early fingerstyle playing was amazing. Thanks for everything Brian.
[email protected] says
Wow! This is so simple, yet so beautiful. Thanks.
Excellent Brian, this piece in my opinion has more complexity than last week’s , simpler but more complex and in my case more to learn with something like this…though not my favorite style of music….it is a major learning tool.
I don’t normally leave a comment, but this one was perfect as we are snowed in, in North Carolina. Fits the mood……..and by the way Vince Gill looks a little like you.
Claude D says
Excellent Brian just love those ballads, I’ve start playing in the early 60’s, in those days didn’t have all the possibilities of tosday’s facilities, never played Country style and since I became a member, and the way you make those country lessons, I just loved it all of them. I have a final request for a slow blues lesson with a slide.I’m from Québec, Canada and really love your work, thanks again.
BD Telecaster says
Love this lesson Brian! I’ve always been a big blues fan and recently I’ve been getting into country. I love how you mix the two styles. It reminds me of the Lucinda Williams songs I’ve been listening to lately. Perfect timing for sure.
Another great lesson. I just love how you are always changing the style in all these lessons. I’m just learning so much from your lessons. It’s just awesome!!
PS. Like the new glasses. I have to say, when this video popped up, my first thought was Vince Gill. Actually my wife and I are going to see him in a couple of months
in Laughlin NV.
Rodger B says
Your truly gifted and blessed Brian, thank you soo much for sharing and paying your lessons and talent forward to us!
Sarah J says
Jimmy James says
I was just thinking it’s been a while since I’ve seen the Tele….great stuff!
Hey Brian, If I am correct C F G is the one four and five in the key of C major. B flat is not. For all of us, tell us why it works so well ? Is it the five chord of another Key?
Jekope G says
Nice one Brian,thank u very much
Grant H says
Great Lesson! I really like your take on this one. Reminds me of “Together Again” by Buck Owens. Great job.
I guess this can be categorized as slow gospel blues in the key of C maj. ? Anyway, Every time I log in I find something new and importantly fun to learn!
Michael J says
Can hear shades of Floyd Cramer in this. Is it just me? Love that thing.
Anthony M says
Anthony m says. For Michael j . Floyd Cramer maybe, But I think Anything that’s part of you By elvis Presley
Roger D says
Beautiful! Really going to work on this one. Thank you Brian ….Excellent teacher.
The lesson really gave me an “aha” moment. Using chords shapes to know where your shapes and turnarounds are, brilliant.
Hey Brian. I don’t know how you do it. Every time I put my guitar away, I am compelled to play again and again when you bring new great lessons time after time. This was awesome. Many thanks.
I love this! Just the right amount of challenging for me. Even after 2 1/2 years of playing, I’m still struggling with the bar cords. There’s no way I can get my pinky to do that bend 🙁 So I use my 3 fingers there instead. Well, even with those bar cords it’s still fun. Thank you!
John s says
Beautiful! Again and again and again… You knock it out of the park with your ability to express yourself through music! Love it!
George H says
I am very impressed with your playing and teaching method. I am intermediate and have a long way to go. But… you provide hope.
Another BLUE BANNER lesson. You da man, Brian. Thanks so much.
Just beautiful!! You really should make a cd of your own!
Dan P says
I’m dropping everything else to learn this beautiful tune. This proves that you don’t need to shred a fret board to make a guitar purr……
Larry H says
Am new with the guitar as of mid last year. This looks to be within my ability for the near term and a big time favorite genre. Plus being in the 4th quarter of a century, moving slower is the only way my fingers are going to perform. An advantage might be, time is generally available to take the guitar off the stand and get it on. Would like to see if by learning this I can get some favorites; A Closer Walk With Thee, Amazing Grace, Ain’t No Sunshine, Annie’s Song
Great lesson Brian, and for me , just what was looking for, THANKS for doing what you do, so well. Am truly excited
Great number reminded me instantly of a similar country blues tune from J.Ganapes “Rhythm and Blues you can use ” series there must be loads of stuff you can do with the C,F,Bb ,G progression .Fab and i’m only two bars in lol .
Nice break after the Mick Taylor workout!
Chris L says
I just started playing guitar a couple of years ago and at 60 I don’t think I will ever have a lot of hand speed so this is a perfect lesson for me. Brian I really appreciate how you explain the why and how it works on the guitar fret board. That in itself gives me the tools to keep building my guitar playing skills.
Am very much enjoying learning this one, on my trusty acoustic. Will try with the jam track when I’ve got my head round all the licks and runs.
Thanks once again Brian. This is the stuff I love and I can play it on my acoustic or my Tele.
Lane H says
Good job Brian……this is my kind of music, when country sounds country…..thanks for the info on GP6….
warren james earp says
getting so much out of the lessons Brian.. thanks.
Nice one, chordy leads.
thank you Brian – amazing lesson! When you where talking about country ballads I immediatly remembered one of my old vinyl albums by Roy Buchanon. I listened to “Sweet dreams” and was blown away. However, I think you love the Tele-Sound, I do and I’m shure lots of other players out there too. So what do you think about a “Sweet Dream Lesson”?
Don S says
such a beautiful song
Kevin D says
Really nice ! Love the classic Nashville/Tele tone.
Kjell P says
Denis H says
This is wow, thank you, you are a great teacher , I am 65 and just got back to play and you use a very nice tool for teaching
thank you again btw I am from L’Assomption QC Canada and your are one of the best ..
Della G says
Love it! Really enjoy country bluesy ballad.
Another great lesson! I always think I’ll never be able to master it but after a few days it starts to sound good. Thanks for having the best guitar site on the internet. Instead of waiting for new stuff I’m grateful to have all the ones you’ve already posted to learn. Keep on with the good work , it really is paying off.
Denis C says
I’ve been playing guitar for years and never getting any better but with your lessons I find I can follow and learn easily
You break it down so well practice and practice and it comes together I live in England coming to nasville in September il look out for you
Many thanks denis
Wow man picked this one for the February challenge and it’s packed full of fantastic learning……to a beautiful tune. You knocked it out of the park with another ‘stellar’ lesson.
Nice slow country one Brian, just curious do you play in a band?
David S says
This is one of the best lessons I have done.Caged system at its best.Advanced a lot on this one.Keep up the good work.Best teaching around Thanks so much for all you do for us. 76 yrs old
and finally learning how to do more than play chords. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You. As Elvis would say!!!!