10 Country Guitar Licks You Need To Know First

This is the first video you should watch if you’re interested in country guitar.

And http://jimlillmusic.com/full-courses/ is the first site you should go to when you’re done watching.

Congrats to Zane Price for winning the Keeley Tone Workstation from a previous video, leave a comment below if you want to win a Fender Brad Paisley Signature Telecaster!


Lick #1:
1955 – Folsom Prison Blues – Johnny Cash (played by Luther Perkins)

Lick #2:
1968 – Mama Tried – Merle Haggard (played by James Burton and Roy Nichols)

Lick #3:
1977 – Eastbound & Down – Jerry Reed

Lick #4:
1985 – Guitars, Cadillacs – Dwight Yoakam (played by Pete Anderson)

Lick #5:
1993 – Chattahoochie – Alan Jackson (played by Brent Mason)

Lick #6:
1993 – Ain’t Goin’ Down Til The Sun Comes Up – Garth Brooks (played by Chris Leuzinger)

Lick #7:
2005 – Awful, Beautiful Life – Darryl Worley (played by Brent Rowan)

Lick #8:
2005 – Lot Of Leavin’ Left To Do – Dierks Bentley (played by J.T. Corenflos and Bryan Sutton)

Lick #9:
2005 – Alcohol – Brad Paisley

Lick #10:
2015 – Nobody To Blame – Chris Stapleton


If you like free stuff I have a free book on country guitar at http://jimlillmusic.com/book. It’s called “The Graphic Guide To Country Guitar” and it gives you some things to work on and tips+tricks for getting the craft of country guitar playing down.

This video was made to get more people into playing country guitar by showing the history, important artists, monster guitarists, and licks that are within reach.

There are plenty of beginner country guitar lessons on YouTube, but I wanted there to be a video that taught the things that would have made the process of learning country guitar easier when I was first getting into country guitar.
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  1. *physical, not literal *

  2. Brad is the best, but since he kinda takes from his predecessors, he is like the literal embodiment of country music.

  3. Awesome

  4. Great stuff. I have been looking at Telecasters and would like nothing more than to win one. You have lots of energy and a great way of describing different techniques. Keep it coming!

  5. Jim, you covered more in 8 minutes than I could have thought possible. You're right on with your choices and commentary. And to boot, you gave me two great songs to add to my repertoire. You know your sh*t ! And also, I never realized you could slow songs down on Youtube till I heard it from you. AWESOME TIP!

  6. Were the thing to slow it down ?

  7. Dude are you Stiffler's brother!?

  8. Awesome!

  9. Great stuff and great trivia. Perhaps Star Wars was Smokey and the Bandit in space???!!

  10. Nice. Thanks.

  11. Great content. I don't usually subscribe to guitar how-to's & I'm looking for country ideas for my blues songs. I've busted out the slide and tunings. And again, great video.

  12. Siswmai Jora Debbarma

    He is my one of my best Songwriter and singer.

  13. Siswmai Jora Debbarma

    Even Brad is an Insane Country Superstar .

  14. Siswmai Jora Debbarma

    I like licks no.9 Alcohol – Brad Paisley.

  15. Awesome video. thanks for the lessons. As a Country player, myself this was very helpful. That Tele is awesome. I love the twang of a good Tele

  16. RPS Entertainment , RPS Records

    Well, its about time someone recognizes how much variety there is in great Country guitar players. Stellar job and very inspiring. Thx

  17. That’s a gorgeous Tele, I got an acoustic and am actually looking for a used tele at a decent price

  18. Great stuff Jim, I am taking your pedal steel course as you really do communicate so well

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