Nashville-Style Guitar

Learn Nashville-style fingerpicking and how to play 5 different modern country solos.

In Nashville, a day at “the office” is a recording studio session with top music superstars. Session players in Nashville are the best in the world at being able to quickly understand a song’s musical intention and be able to translate it into multiple guitar parts with blazing hot guitar solos.

In this course, you will learn guitar fingerpicking along with licks and soloing techniques from one of the most-recorded session players of all time in Nashville — Brent Mason. As part of the larger course, Brent has included 5 solos with completely different feels and tempos for you to dig into. Follow along with Brent one lick at a time and you’ll be on your way to sounding like the best players in Nashville!

In addition to helping you get these great techniques under your fingers, Brent will give you the inside scoop on the “Nashville Number System” and give you insights into his setup and sound.

Learn Nashville-style fingerpicking and how to play 5 different modern country solos. Learn more or start the course with membership

Course Details
22 Lessons
3 Hour+ Runtime
Tabs (gpx, pdf)
Playalong Tracks
HD+ Video
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  • Interactive tabs, notation, and fretboard
  • JamTracks for play along practice
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  • Note-taking feature
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This is a full, 3+ hour course featuring 22 step-by-step lessons with full supplemental content.

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Country Techniques

That signature Nashville sound

  • Country Shuffle
  • Train beats
  • Country licks and solos
  • Nashville Number System

Guitar Pro Basics

Life as a session musician

  • Tone and setup
  • Session player notes
  • Songwriting
  • Music biz basics

Brent's Unique Approach

Grammy Award worthy techniques

  • Fingerpicking
  • The Fast Train
  • Country solos and R&B licks
  • Funk, rhythm, and groove

Meet Brent Mason

Brent Mason wasn’t born with a guitar in hand, but teaching himself how to play by ear at only five years old might make you think so. Born in Van Wert, Ohio, Brent moved to Nashville after high school to pursue a career in country music. After being discovered by country music guitar legend Chet Atkins, who invited Brent to play on his “Stay Tuned” album, Brent spent the next several decades building a name for himself as one of the most sought-after studio musicians in country music.

Brent is a Grammy Award-winning artist, a member of the Musician’s Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame, and one of the most recorded guitarists in history. He is a 14-time winner of the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Guitarist of the Year Award, and a 2-time winner of the CMA Award Musician of the Year (being nominated every year since 1991).

Brent Mason has played on well over a thousand albums, including those of George Strait, Alan Jackson, Shania Twain, David Gates, Zac Brown Band, Scotty McCreary, Blake Shelton and Neil Diamond.

Nashville-Style Guitar Course

Learn blazing hot guitar from one of Nashville’s most-awarded session players.

Learn new guitar techniques from one of the hottest session players in Nashville! Country Music Hall of Fame member Brent Mason teaches you the fingerpicking, licks and soloing techniques that earned him a room full of awards and keeps him playing on hundreds of modern country hits.

This course offers 22 lessons covering 3+ hours of material in step-by-step, digestible presentation.

Lessons in this Course

Series Introduction

Learn Nashville style country guitar from one of the most recorded guitarists in history. Check out rhythm grooves, solos, country pickin' and a glimpse into the life of an A-list Nashville session player!

3:14 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty

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Guitars, Tone & Gear

Brent takes you through how his tools have changed and evolved over the years, from the first guitar he used in a Nashville session to his new signature model. He also talks amps and effects and discusses which types of setups he prefers for different kinds of music. He gives some great demonstrations of different tones and explores different delay styles.

24:34 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty


Brent Mason Style Fingerpicking

Brent breaks down his unique fingerpicking technique, teaches a few exercises you can do to get your fingers in shape, and talks about his fingernails. If you're not an experienced fingerpicker, make sure you learn and practice the exercises in this lesson before moving on to his later lessons!

8:23 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

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Country Shuffle

Brent presents his first of many rhythm grooves, the Country Shuffle. Get this one down, play it with the backing track, and make it your own!

8:53 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Add Some Licks to the Country Shuffle

Brent Mason builds on the groove in the last lesson by showing how you can maintain great rhythm playing while adding tasteful, rhythmic licks into the mix. This is a delicate art, because you want to choose parts that don't conflict with other band members or the original rhythm part.

6:12 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Moderate Train Beat

In the second rhythm groove in Brent Mason's series, learn to play like Brent when he played with Alan Jackson. This one's got a bit more to it than the Country Shuffle and will really get you in the feel of modern country!

13:37 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Moderate Train with Licks

You've played the rhythm part. Now, you can join Brent Mason in playing three different licks or embellishments that can be added to the rhythm. Some are fast, and some are slow, but they all require a good amount of precision to pull off authentically.

10:26 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty



Learn how to take a basic chord progression and inject some country-tinged soul into it. Brent Mason shows how a simple idea played with the right attitude or vibe can be extremely catchy and powerful.

9:07 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Country/R&B Licks

In the groove yet?...Good! Now add some tasty embellishments to your modern country / R&B flavored playing. Let Brent Mason show you how!

9:01 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Thoughts on Songwriting

Brent Mason discusses his role in the songwriting process. He talks about tailoring your playing to the type of artist you are playing for and really trying to focus on what that artist is as a whole. He also touches on creating your own original songs and the power of collaboration.

7:14 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty


Eagles Style Country Rock

Start rockin' Eagles style with this familiar country rock groove. It may be simple, but pay attention to the soul behind the notes. How you play it makes all the difference!

5:29 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Eagles Style Country Rock Licks

Building on the simple, rockin' rhythm groove of the last lesson, Brent Mason injects 3 simple licks or embellishments that are sure to make heads turn! What ever you do, don't lose the groove!

5:04 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


The Business of Being a Session Player

Brent Mason discusses how he got started as a session player and how the job has changed over the years. He also offers some tips and advice for those interested in becoming session players.

20:31 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


Fast Train

Country rhythm school with Brent Mason continues with one of the trademarks of his career, the "Fast Train". You'll be boot scootin' and jammin' like Alan Jackson in no time!

12:41 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Fast Train Licks

Brent Mason adds 3 little embellishments to the Fast Train rhythm from the last lesson to spice up the groove. Make sure you have the basic rhythm down before trying to work these ideas in!

5:50 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Practicing & Listening

Brent Mason takes you back in time to when he was first learning to play. He reminisces about how he used to have to try and figure out songs, his early influences, and offers advice on listening--the key ingredient to his success as a musician.

9:16 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


JamPlay Country Solo #1

Brent Mason heads back to the country shuffle track used earlier in the series and presents the first of 5 complete solos written exclusively for JamPlay! Mason demonstrates the whole solo and explains the 3 key licks that encapsulate the feel of the piece. Get those licks down, and then tackle the whole solo!

13:14 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


JamPlay Country Solo #2

Your fingers are gonna have to speed up a bit in this solo played over the "Moderate Train" groove. Remember to pace yourself and get each section down before moving on to the next.

11:43 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


The Nashville Number System

Brent Mason gives a bit of history on how the Number System became the standard in Nashville and explains the cryptic shorthand he uses to make the music happen. Also, download Nashville charts that Mason used in a real session! See if you can figure them out.

8:08 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


JamPlay Country Solo #3

Reaching deep down into his soul, Brent Mason gives us a little more modern country/R&B. There aren't as many notes here, but getting the right tone out of each note is really the focus with this one.

11:02 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


JamPlay Country Solo #4

Brent Mason gets FUNKY! Combine chicken pickin' fun with some serious jazz-influenced "outside" playing. This one'll give your fingers and brain a workout!

11:02 Runtime

4.0 Difficulty


JamPlay Country Solo #5

This is the grand finale! It's Brent Mason's longest and trickiest solo of all played over the fast train track. There's a lot of ground to cover here, from fast chicken pickin' to long legato runs. Have fun!

13:57 Runtime

4.5 Difficulty