Essential Country Rhythms

Genre and Style Guitar Course from Tyler Grant

As an eclectic and emotional style, country music is naturally infused with interesting chord progressions, powerful rhythms, and riffs that are so catchy they border on addictive. We break down twenty of the genre’s most powerful rhythmic ideas, teaching them in great detail alongside a professionally-produced backing track. Spanning both electric and acoustic, as well as several eras of music, there’s something for everyone to sink their teeth into!

21 Lessons

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


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Tyler breaks down some key country rhythms that will span many sub-genres of the classic country genre! Each lesson contains fully downloadable notation for offline practice as well as an array of backing tracks covering many different BPMs!



Tyler Grant introduces us to "Essential Country Rhythms"!

1:17 Runtime

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Acoustic Country Boom Strum

Let's kick things off with this cornerstone of the country sound - the boom strum!

13:13 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Electric Backbeat Chop

In this lesson, we'll cover another staple of country music rhythms - the backbeat chop!

12:39 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty


Acoustic Johnny Cash Shuffle

Now let's tackle the instantly recognizable "Johnny Cash Shuffle"!

9:16 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

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Electric Tick-Tock Bassline

Now let's take a look at a tick-tock bassline.

7:30 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Acoustic Ray Price Shuffle

Time to get another essential rhythm under our belt with the "Ray Price Shuffle"!

9:02 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Electric Guitar Backbeats

Here's some key electric guitar backbeats!

7:44 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Electric Walking Bassline

Now let's move on to one of the most used techniques in not only country music, but all of music - the walking bassline!

5:39 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Acoustic Buck Owens Strum

In this lesson, we cover the legendary "Buck Owens Strum".

6:45 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Don Rich Electric Rhythm Riff

Here, we take a look at an awesome electric rhythm riff from the one and only Don Rich!

6:39 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Acoustic Waltz Rhythm

Get out your dance shoes as we tackle an acoustic waltz!

9:37 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Electric Waltz Rhythm

Now let's flip the coin and take a look at an electric waltz rhythm!

6:54 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Acoustic Rockin Country Boogie Woogie Rhythm

Now let's flip the coin and take a look at an electric waltz rhythm!

9:31 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Electric Rockin Boogie Woogie Riffs

We've boogied to some acoustic riffs now let's try our hand at some electric Boogie Woogie!

8:57 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Acoustic Heavy Shuffle Rhythm

In this lesson, we'll take a look at a versatile shuffle rhythm.

8:23 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Electric Heavy Shuffle Riffs

Now it's time for some electric heavy shuffle rhythms!

8:52 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Acoustic Arpeggio Ballad Figure

Here's a great use of an arpeggio in this sweet acoustic ballad.

11:25 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Electric Sustained Chords

Now let's switch gears and check out these sustained chords for electric guitar!

9:45 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Acoustic Modern Pop-Country

Now let's check out this modern pop-country piece for acoustic guitar!

11:00 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Electric Modern Pop-Country

Now it's time for the electric version of our modern pop-country rhythm!

6:38 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Modern Pop-Country Arpeggios

Let's close out the series with these modern pop-country arpeggios!

7:06 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

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Reviews & Feedback 81/100 with 21 ratings

Basic but the perfect starting point.


Best lesson so far that i could understand and play along.

Danny C Klein

I seem to understand this but need practice on strumming to beat ( metronome )


Tyler is great.