Here’s a little country guitar lick in G major. Kind of a pedal steel guitar thing.
This guitar lick can be played both as a key centered or chord specific lick. Which basically means if you are jamming in the key of G, you can play this. But also if you are playing a G major chord in the key of C…you can also play the same lick.
The primary note you want to center around in this guitar lick is the G on the 8th fret of the 2nd string. Which is the last note in this lick.
Therefore if you wanted to play this in a different key, you would need to shift positions on the neck of the guitar so the last note you play is the root note of the new chord/key. If you wanted to play this as an E major lick, you would need to shift the whole thing down 3 frets so the last note would be an E on the 2nd string 5th fret.
G Major Pentatonic Scale
This lick comes mostly out of a G Major Pentatonic scale in the 7th position. All except that note on the 8th fret of the 1st string. So if you were using this to improvise, those are some other notes that you might try playing around with as you solo.
B-Benders in Country Lead Guitar
Many country guitar licks make use of bends on the 2nd string. This is because of a common device used by country lead guitar players on their Fender Telecasters called a B-Bender, or Parsons String Bender.
This device bends only the 2nd string up a whole step by pulling the guitar down from the neck side strap button. There is a series of levers and springs attached from that strap button to the 2nd string of the guitar.
Here is a little video with the inventor Gene Parsons explaining it’s history, and demonstrates how it’s used.
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Of course in this lick we are just faking it by using a guitar string bend using just your left hand fingers rather than using a B-Bender.
Have fun with your new G major country guitar lick.