Country guitar licks can be played in other styles of music, not “just” Country. These days different styles of music are being blended together all the time. I even heard some metal riffs in a Country song just the other day, what’s the world coming too 🙂
So learning a country guitar lick is a great way to add a new flavor of sound into your guitar solos.
So when I say the lick you are about to learn in this video guitar lesson is a “country guitar lick”, keep in mind you can just as easily throw it into a blues or rock guitar solo as well. It was just inspired by Brent Mason, one of the kings of tasty country lead guitar playing.
Add a Country Guitar Lick Into Your Solos
(Video Guitar Lesson)
The 1st variation of this country guitar lick is in the key of G and uses some open strings. All of the string bends are half steps. A half step is the equivalent of 1 fret on the guitar. The last note of this lick is G.
Country Lick in G with Open Strings
This lick comes mostly out of a G Major Pentatonic scale with a little G Minor Pentatonic and an extra note thrown in for flavor. We are not going to go into a complete analysis of what makes this lick tick.
I just want you to know this works in most G major Country and Blues situations. So that means a G chord in the key of G, or even a G chord in a song that’s in a different key. Use your ear to help you know if it will fit. Even things that break the “rules” sometimes fit in country.
And as you start to improvise with this lick, it’s also helpful to know some other note choices in the area to mutate and expand it. So in this position, here is a basic G Major Pentatonic scale you could use.
Country Lick in G – No Open Strings
You could play the same guitar lick up an octave in the 12th position. So the 1st note would be on the 3rd string 14th fret. The last note of this version of the lick is still G, it’s just a G on the 12th fret of the 3rd string. It does have a little different fingering because there aren’t any open strings.
Country Lick in D
Because this version of the guitar lick doesn’t have any open strings, you can move it around the neck to play in other keys and over different major chords. So here is the same lick only in the key of D. You just need to move everything down 5 frets so the last note would be D instead of G.
Country Lick in G – Alternate String Set
Sometimes you can play the same exact guitar lick on a different set of strings. So here is the same country guitar lick idea, only on the 1st 2nd and 3rd strings. Often playing the same lick on a different set of strings will inspire other ideas as you expand and improvise with it.
Here is a G Major Pentatonic scale in this position.
So add this new country guitar lick into your playing. Use it, abuse it, mutate it, and make it your own.