Slow Country Solo

This solo is at the lower end of the intermediate difficulty level, being that it’s not too fast. Here’s a breakdown on what’s going on:

Bar 1

This is a very common bend lick that should be in every country fans’ bag. The idea of the lick is to imitate the sound of a pedal steel. This isn’t totally easy, and you may need to get in some careful practice to make it sound convincing, especially with vibrato. The bend is played with the pick on the G string, the middle finger (M) on the B string, and the ring finger (A) on the E string.

Bar 2-8

The bending theme runs throughout these bars, interspersed with some single-note phrase. All the notes featured can be found in the A Minor/C Major Pentatonic Scale.

Bar 9-12

These bars use another country staple, sliding sixths. Use the pick for the lower string and the middle finger (M) for the higher string.

Bar 13-14

These bars contain a quintessential country scale. You may recognise it as an A Blues Scale (it has the same notes), but played over a C Major Chord, a multitude of sounds are possible.

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!

Watch the video:

Play along with the backing track:

Read the tab:

Slow Country Solo


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  1. 2

    Really great sounding solo, been working on it a few days now. Question: At the end of Bar 11; the slide from 11 to 13, is it on the D string or G string as the tab shows D and I think your video shows G?

    • 3

      Hi Redhouseluv, thanks for your comment. Well spotted! It’s actually the tab with is incorrect — the slide should be on the G string, not the D string!

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