These are the 10 country guitar licks you need to learn first

Whether you’re keen on the genre or not, country plays host to some of the greatest guitarists of all time, so getting a few of its classic licks under your fingers is a Very Good Thing.

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To make it easy for you, YouTube whiz and MusicRadar contributor Jim Lill has shared a handy video naming the 10 country guitar licks you should learn first, which you can watch above.

His picks span everything from Luther Perkins’ leads on Johnny Cash’s Folsom Prison Blues, right up to Chris Stapleton’s 2015 hit Nobody To Blame.

If you’re interested in hearing more from Jim, check out his articles on essential gear for country guitar.

Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.