101 Doggone Good Country Guitar Licks in the Honky Tonk Style

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9781934777060: 101 Doggone Good Country Guitar Licks in the Honky Tonk Style

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Classic country fill-in licks book by Larry McCabe

If you love the sound of a twangy, chicken-picked vintage Telecaster or Stratocaster guitar and want to learn the exciting country lead guitar fill-in style associated with classic truck driving songs, drinking songs, and cheating songs, this book is for you.

This fine book features 101 country guitar licks (phrases) that can be applied to standard chord progressions in thousands of country songs. The licks are primarily for the electric guitar and were recorded with a vintage Fender Telecaster playing over honky-tonk piano accompaniment. Useful introductions and endings are included along with instructions for how to apply the licks to songs.

This is not a method book per se, but a collection of 101 guitar licks for learning, application, and modification according to the discretion and requirements of the user. Most of the licks are accessible and fairly easy to play.

The licks can be applied to country songs from all eras including acoustic, honkytonk, and contemporary Nashville. In addition, the licks are a perfect match for the country-flavored pop stylings of artists like the Eagles, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, and similar musicians.

This is a book for early intermediate and intermediate guitarists who are enthusiasts and players of classic country music.

For Cajun music and rockabilly fans too.

This book is a new 2007 reissue of Larry McCabe's 101 Nashville Guitar Licks, formerly published by Mel Bay.

Prerequisite Ability

  • Ambitious early intermediate guitarist who wants to learn to play country lead guitar licks.
  • Intermediate guitarist who is just starting to learn country music.

User Profiles

  • Serious hobbyist guitarist.
  • Flatpicking guitar players wanting to learn the electric country style.
  • A gigging rock guitarist, blues guitarist, or jazz guitarist who wants to study electric country guitar.
  • Guitar teachers who teach electric lead guitar.

Goals and Purposes

  • Learn how to play Bakersfield Sound guitar, classic country lead guitar, Nashville guitar, honky-tonk guitar, chicken picking, etc.
  • Explore the major pentatonic scale and the major scale on the guitar fingerboard.
  • Practice country guitar fill-ins with piano accompaniment.
  • Study familiar country chord progressions.
  • Greater familiarity with guitar fingerboard.

Author-Recommended Supplemental Listening for Country Guitar Players

Listening to the following vintage guitar players and musicians will provide unlimited enjoyment, inspiration, and ideas.

Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, Buck Owens,Johnny Bond, Bobby Bare, Roy Acuff, Johnny Cash, Billy Byrd, James Burton, Jim Ed Brown, Alan Jackson, Ferlin Husky, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Emmylou Harris, Vern Gosdin, Don Gibson, Little Jimmy Dickens, Moon Mullican, Hank Locklin, Waylon Jennings, Sonny James, Stonewall Jackson, Hank Snow, Carl Smith, Connie Smith, Rose Maddox, Jean Shepard, Marty Robbins, Mel Tillis, Hank Thompson, Marty Stuart, Mel Street, George Strait, Wynn Stewart, Gary Stewart, Red Steagall, Red Sovine, Moe Bandy, Leroy Van Dyke, Porter Wagoner, Ian Tyson, T. Tex Tyler, Conway Twitty, Ernest Tubb, Floyd Tillman, Randy Travis, Vince Gill, Mel McDaniel, Faron Young, Dwight Yoakam, Tammy Wynette, Bob Wills, Asleep at the Wheel, Hank Williams Jr., Don Williams, Jimmy Bryant, Gene Watson, Susan Raye, Johnny Horton, Billy Grammar, classic Dolly Parton, Lloyd Green, Jim Reeves, Gram Parsons, the Desert Rose Band, Skeeter Davis, Cowboy Copas, John Conlee, Tommy Collins, David Allan Coe, Hank Cochran, Chris Hillman, Loretta Lynn, Lynn Anderson, John Anderson.

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About the Author:

Larry McCabe's credentials include an education degree from the University of Arizona, more than thirty years of music teaching experience, over eighty published music books, columns for Living Blues Magazine and Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine, and authorship of the Roy Clark Fiddle Magic Method and the Roy Clark Bluegrass Banjo Bible.

He plays electric and acoustic blues guitar, clawhammer and three-finger banjo, fiddle, and other string instruments. During his career, he has taught blues guitar lessons, banjo lessons, fiddle lessons, song writing, music theory, music history, and other subjects.

Larry has played in numerous bands including blues, classic country, rockabilly, traditional Irish, and Cajun, and he served on the prestigious W.C. Handy Blues Awards nominating committee for many years.

Larry and his wife, Becky, operate the popular roots music instruction book company Red Dog Music Books.

Some of Larry's Country Guitar Influences:

Chet Atkins, Norman Blake, Junior Brown, James Burton, Billy Byrd, Thumbs Carlisle, Maybelle Carter, Duane Eddy, Ray Flacke, Hank Garland, Billy Grammar, Albert Lee, Grady Martin, Joe Maphis, Sam McGee, Bob Moore, Scotty Moore, Roy Nichols, Carl Perkins, Riley Puckett, Mose Rager, Jerry Reed, Don Rich, Eldon Shamblin, Arthur Guitar Boogie Smith, Merle Travis, Doc Watson, Clarence White, Curly Chalker, Don Helms, Ralph Mooney, Leon McAuliffe.

Relevant Postwar Country Musicians of Influence:

Roy Acuff, Alabama, Bill Anderson, Lynn Anderson, John Anderson, Eddy Arnold, Asleep at the Wheel, Moe Bandy, Bobby Bare, Clint Black, Johnny Bond, Bill Boyd and his Cowboy Ramblers, Brewer and Shipley, BR5-49, Garth Brooks, Jim Ed Brown, Milton Brown and the Brownies, Carl and Pearl Butler, The Byrds, Glen Campbell, Johnny Cash, Roy Clark, Patsy Cline, Hank Cochran, David Allan Coe, Tommy Collins, Commander Cody and his Lost Planet Airmen, John Conlee, Spade Cooley, Cowboy Copas, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Skeeter Davis, John Denver, Desert Rose Band, Little Jimmy Dickens, Jimmy Driftwood, Roy Drusky, Dave Dudley, Tommy Duncan, The Eagles, Donna Fargo, Freddy Fender, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Red Foley, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Lefty Frizzell, The Gatlin Brothers, Don Gibson, Vince Gill, Vern Gosdin, Tom T. Hall, Emmylou Harris, Freddie Hart, Hawkshaw Hawkins, Chris Hillman, Adolph Hofner, Johnny Horton, Harlan Howard, Ferlin Husky, Alan Jackson, Stonewall Jackson, Wanda Jackson, Sonny James, Norma Jean, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, Pee Wee King, Alison Krauss, Kris Kristofferson, Brenda Lee, The Light Crust Doughboys, Gordon Lightfoot, Hank Locklin, The Louvin Brothers, Loretta Lynn, Rose Maddox, Mel McDaniel, Tim McGraw, Roger Miller, Rick Nelson and the Stone Canyon Band, Willie Nelson, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Oak Ridge Boys, Buck Owens and his Buckaroos, Gram Parsons, Dolly Parton, Johnny Paycheck, Hank Penny and his Radio Cowboys, Webb Pierce, Poco, Ray Price, Charley Pride, Eddie Rabbit, Leon Raush, Eddy Raven, Susan Raye, Jim Reeves, Jimmy Revard and the Oklahoma Playboys, Marty Robbins, Carson Robison, Jeannie Seely, Billy Joe Shaver, Jean Shepard, Carl Smith, Connie Smith, Sammi Smith, Hank Snow, Joe South, Red Sovine, Joe Stampley, The Statler Brothers, Red Steagall, Gary Stewart, Wynn Stewart, George Strait, Mel Street, Marty Stuart, Texas Ruby, Hank Thompson, Mel Tillis, Floyd Tillman, Randy Travis, Travis Tritt, Ernest Tubb, Tanya Tucker, Conway Twitty, T. Tex Tyler, Ian Tyson, Leroy Van Dyke, Ricky Van Shelton, Porter Wagoner, Jerry Jeff Walker, Gene Watson, Kitty Wells, Tony Joe White, Don Williams, Hank Williams, Hank Williams Jr., Tex Williams, Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys, Tammy Wynette, Dwight Yoakam, Faron Young.

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