Flying Solo - Modern Country

Genre and Style Guitar Course from Nathan Whitney

Let's join acclaimed guitarist Nathan Whitney as we navigate through the different landscapes of modern country soloing. In this Flying Solo course, Nathan breaks down three types of solos into individual licks. We'll learn about Classic Country, Urban Melodies, and Country Fried Rock in a fresh and easy-to-follow way. So what are you waiting for? Time to get pickin'!

16 Lessons

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


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Full Course Breakdown

Nathan will start off by breaking down classic country into four basic lick patterns. Next, we'll jump into Urban melodies where we will learn about how influential Keith Urban has been to modern country. And finally, we will wrap up with country-fried rock, here Nathan shows us how rock influenced the country of today that we all know and love.


Course Introduction

In this introduction, Nathan discusses how the course is set up and why he created the course in this manner.

4:20 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Classic Country Lick 1: Ascending Chromatic G Run

Now it's time to get started! In this lesson, we will focus on the ascending chromatic G run.

4:06 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Classic Country Lick 2: C Hybrid Picking

Let's upgrade our strumming with a focus on hybrid picking.

5:03 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Classic Country Lick 3 : Hybrid 3 and 6

Here, we will dig further into the hybrid world by focusing on 3 and 6.

5:28 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Classic Country Lick 4: G Waterfall

Finally, Nathan shows us how to play the G waterfall to round out our classic country solo.

7:02 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Full Solo: Classic Country with a Twist

Now it's time to put it all together to play our solo. It's country... with a twist.

9:07 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Urban Melodies Lick 1: Double Stop Vibe

In this lesson, Nathan breaks down the beginning of the Urban melody with a focus on the double stop.

3:50 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Urban Melodies Lick 2: Pentatonic Drone

Here, we will look at one of the iconic sounds from this country legend: the pentatonic drone.

5:07 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Urban Melodies Lick 3: Melodic Shred

Did you know that you can shred in a melodic way? Nathan breaks down how to do this in a brand new way.

5:42 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Urban Melodies Lick 4: Pivot Points

Now it's time to look at our pivot points and how to incorporate them into our solo.

5:35 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Full Solo: Urban Melodies

Let's pull it all together to play our Urban melodies solo!

2:24 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty

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Country Fried Rock Lick 1: Country Berry

Let's take a look at country music through the eyes of Chuck Berry!

6:58 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Country Fried Rock Lick 2: High Gain Hy-brid

Now we will focus on how to play the perfect high gain hybrid.

11:03 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Country Fried Rock Lick 3: Unison Two Bends

In this lesson, Nathan breaks down unison bends and how to tell whether you want them clean or saucy!

6:45 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Country Fried Rock Lick 4: Finish in High Gear

It's time to round out our solo with a finish that's in high gear.

8:46 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Full Solo: Country Fried Rock Lick

You know the drill- let's put together all we have learned for this country fried rock solo!

5:56 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty

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