Modern Country Style Solo


This generically-named track is actually more in the style of the great Brooks & Dunn, a duo who are pretty big in the US.

The solo starts with a two-bar bluesy style sliding double-stop motif, which imply an E7 chord. The single-note line that follows uses notes from the E minor blues scale (E G A Bb B D) but rounds off in A Major Pentatonic Scale, resolving on the A note – a strong resolution over the A major chord. Make sure the A to B bend on the third string at the beginning is confident and accurate, and let the open first string ring over the first two beats of it.

Moving on to bar 5 onwards, a hooky single-note phrase starts this remaining section, which mainly uses notes from E Major Pentatonic. The final passage reaches a climax by using a couple of bending licks as an ‘approach’ to the penultimate rock style Chuck Berry-esque bend and double-stop lick, which is based on the E Minor Pentatonic Scale. The solo tails off with a semitone bend from F# to G and back to E for the final resolution over the E Major chord.

Take notice of the use of Hybrid Picking – if you look at the notes in the staff, the ones that use Hybrid Picking have either a small a (the ring finger of the right hand) or m (the middle finger of the right hand) next to them.

As always, below the YouTube video you’ll find the backing track to play along with, and below that, the tablature. Aren’t I nice?!

Feel free to ask questions or just share your thoughts in the comments!

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Modern Country Style Solo

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