Modern Country Rhythm

Genre and Style Guitar Course from Nathan Whitney

Have you been hankering to sound like your favorite Country artists of today? Well, Nathan Whitney has got you covered! In his course, Modern Country Rhythm, Nathan breaks down all the crucial aspects of modern Country guitar and how we can use them in our playing. From cowboy chords to chicken pickin', Nathan leaves no stone on that old dirt road unturned.

29 Lessons

Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.


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Full Course Breakdown

In this course, Nathan will take us on an exploration through modern Country. We start by checking out triad and suss chords. Then, we move into the Nashville Number System and Cowboy Chords. After that, we'll take a look at modern chicken pickin' and even pop and EDM. Finally, Nathan will help us to put it all together and show us how to discover the intent of the song we are playing and how to make it shine!


Course Introduction

In this first lesson, Nathan goes over everything we can expect to learn in this course.

5:18 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Triads Across the Neck

To start us off, Nathan shows us how to play triads up and down the neck.

18:27 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Sus Chord Color

Now we'll take a look at sus chord color and why it's important.

12:03 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


An Introduction to The Nashville Number System

In this lesson, Nathan will introduce us to the Nashville Number System which is a very user-friendly system of transcription that relies on the use of chords and scale degrees to decipher chord progressions quickly and easily!

18:42 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Barre Chords and Power Chords

Nathan breaks down how to use barre chords and power chords and shows us how to use them.

15:05 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Pentatonic Scales Across the Neck

Here, we will take our pentatonic scales an use them up and own the neck.

16:49 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

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Cowboy Chords and Locking the Groove

Nathan explains cowboy chords and how we can learn to lock in the groove.

11:04 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


The G Run

Now, we will learn about the G run and why it is important to modern Country music.

10:41 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Arpeggio Madness

In this lesson, Nathan shows us arpeggios and how to use them.

6:01 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Working Man Rhythm

Now it's time to explore the working man rhythm and how to use it appropriately.

11:16 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Modern Chicken

Let's dive into some modern chicken pickin' and see how it is played.

12:45 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Single Note Lines (Who Do You Think You Are, the bass player?)

In this lesson, Nathan shows us when to use single-note lines and how to stay out of the way of the bass player.

5:11 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Single Note Lines - Not the bass, Not the Chords

Here, we continue to learn about single note lines and how to use them correctly.

8:26 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Double Stops

Double stops can be used in a variety of ways, and in this lesson, Nathan shows us how.

10:09 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


The Subtle Funk of 7th and 9th Chords

It's time to get a little funky! Here, we explore the subtle funkiness of the 7th and 9th chords.

12:44 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Hendrix via Mayer or if 1 is 3

In this lesson, Nathan breaks down the play styles of Hendrix and Mayer and why they are so important to the modern country sound.

8:55 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Pop and EDM (10ths Are triads!)

Now it's time to see how modern country has influenced pop and EDM and how to use that in our playing.

9:49 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Drop (D) it Like it's Hot

Let's explore the drop D voicing and how it can be used to buff up our playing.

12:05 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Octaves To Outline Chords

Here, Nathan shows us how to use octaves to outline chords.

8:43 Runtime

4.0 Difficulty


Blinded By The Drink In My Hand

It's time to get a bit of a buzz on... A buzz to our sound, that is.

4:45 Runtime

4.0 Difficulty


4’s out of 5’s Aint Bad

Let's take a look at 4's and 5's and when we should use them in our playing.

4:45 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


The Riff

Nathan breaks down "the riff" and how it should be used.

7:16 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Creating a Part: Determine The Intent

Now it's time to start putting it all together. In this lesson, we start by asking what is the intent of the song?

5:44 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Creating The Part: Are you the Hook?

Moving into the next section of putting it together, we begin to ask ourselves, "AM I the hook?"

8:53 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Creating The Part: Verse/Pre Chorus: Let The Lyric Shine

Nathan helps us to understand why the lyrics of a song matter and how our intent should reflect that.

8:50 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Creating The Part: Chorus - Add Excitement to The Lyric

Now it's time to compliment the other parts of the song with our playing- especially the lyrics.

5:55 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Creating The Part: The Bridge: Taking A Vacation

Here, we take a hard look at the bridge and whether we should be playing or... Not?

8:33 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Putting It All Together

Now we pull all the pieces together to try out a song and check out what we have learned.

18:23 Runtime

4.0 Difficulty


Tones Matter….Just not always yours!

9:03 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

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Thomas Rhett

  • Playing since 1995
  • 45 lessons at JamPlay