Video: Albert Lee on rhythm guitar

The country legend shows you his approach to rhythm guitar

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Albert Lee: the Englishman who took Nashville by storm
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Example 1: Chet Atkins style rhythm - This is played very much with a Chet Atkins 'clawhammer' style, featuring alternate picked A and E bass notes. A good starting point is to practise alternating between the ?ngerpicked A chord, A and E bass notes. Aim to palm-mute the low E slightly and watch out for the staccatos.
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Example 2: Jerry Reed style rhythm - Albert adds more doublestop ideas to the A chord idea here. A blues/country feel is created by the use of the C natural and chromatic passing chord that slides up.
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For more than 30 years, Albert Lee has played with such varied artists as Eric Clapton, Eddie Van Halen and Spinal Tap. During that time he's taken on the boys from Nashville at their own game, and has since become one of the world's most celebrated country guitarists.

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In this video lesson, Albert demonstrates his basic rhythm guitar style, influenced by country greats such as Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed.

To get to grips with any of Albert's licks (even lead), understanding hybrid picking (pick and fingers) is essential. Albert tends to use his fourth (c) finger more than most. The basic technique revolves around the pick generally playing the bass note, followed by the second and third notes (on separate strings) played with the two fingers. You should notice a characteristic 'twang' with your fingers, since you will be pulling the strings away from the guitar's body.

Both examples primarily use doublestops together with picked bass notes, so it's a good way to get started with this style. Concentrate on keeping your two fingers together so that there is no separation between notes. Down-picks are used for most of the bass notes.

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