You Can Teach Yourself Country Guitar
by Dix Bruce

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96 page book and recording set by Dix Bruce (Mel Bay Publications). Aimed at beginners and intermediate players it teaches everything you need to get started playing Country Guitar:

27 Easy Country Songs
• Guitar Accompaniment Strums from Current Country Hits
• The Nashville Number System of Chords
• How to Tune the Guitar
• All Basic Major, Minor, and Seventh Guitar Chords
• Complete “Split-track” Stereo Play-along Recording with All Songs & Examples from Book, Most Recorded with a Country Band
(Jam with the Band!)
• Basic Flatpick Technique
• Basic Fingerpick Technique
• How to Use a Capo
• Handy Scale, Chord, and Transposition Chart
• Beginning Music Theory
• How to Transpose
• Chord Dictionary and much more!

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Note: You Can Teach Yourself Country Guitar and the Beginning Country Guitar Handbook and book and CD sets cover different material and topics: "You Can Teach Yourself Country Guitar" is written especially for beginners with little or no guitar experience who want to learn chords and techniques used in current popular Country music. The Beginning Country Guitar Handbook focuses on lead and accompaniment flatpicking and is aimed at players who know some chords and strums and who are interested in learning bluegrass and old time backup and lead guitar. The Beginning Country Guitar Handbook was originally titled Flatpicking Handbook but was changed to its current title by the publisher.

You Can Teach Yourself Country Guitar

Introduction 4
About the Guitar 6
How to Hold the Guitar 8
Tuning the Guitar 9
Chord Diagrams 11
The D and A7 Chords 14
Advanced Accompaniment Patterns List 15
"My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains" 16
"Handsome Molly," A & E7 Chords, The Flatpick 18
Minimum Music Theory 21
"I Ride an Old Paint," C & G7 Chords 21
"Red River Valley," E & B7 Chords 24
"Shady Grove," Minor Chords 26
"Home on the Range," F & Bb Chords 28
"Going Down This Road Feeling Bad" 30
"The Cuckoo," Dm 31
"I Get Blue" 32
Alternating Bass Note, Strum Technique 34
"Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms" 36
Connecting Runs, Tablature 39
"Bury Me Beneath the Willow," Bass Note Connectors 40
"Some Drink" 41
"Life's Railway to Heaven," Finger Moves 44
The Capo 47
The Capo Chart 48
"The Nine Pound Hammer," the Lester Flatt Run 50
"The Nine Pound Hammer" with Runs 55
Hammer-Ons and Pull-Offs 56
"Sweet Sunny South" 58
"I'll Love You Still" 60
The Nashville Number System 63
"Don't Let Your Deal Go Down" 65
Scale and Transposition Chart 67
"Children Go Where I Send Thee" 68
Finger Moves on Minor Chords, More Transposing 70
"Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho" 71
Fingerpicking 73
"Don't That Road Look Rough & Rocky?" 74
"Fair & Tender Ladies" 75
Double Arpeggio Fingerpick 77
"In the Pines" 78
"The House of the Rising Sun" 79
"Nobody Sleeps at My Place" 81
Carter-Style Leads 83
"Wildwood Flower" 84
Lead Flatpicking 85
"Devil's Dream" 86
"Darling You're a Fool" 87
Ends & Beginnings 90
Chord Dictionary Showing Bass Notes 91

Click here to go to "Downloads" & download a sample page of music: "Sweet Sunny South."

Customer comment:

Mr. Bruce,

I have worked through your Teach Yourself Country Guitar book and it is great. I've also worked through a couple of articles you've written. You are a very good teacher, and I thank you for the wit, humor and technical info in your book.

I've played for over 40 years now (I started at 15), but I've only really tried to improve my playing in the last couple of years. I really love flatpicking now. I play at nursing homes, and at church, and I want to get good enough to play instrumentals, as well as songs (I have a few -such as Black Mountain Rag- mastered) . . . I hope to be able to attend one of your concerts (either just you, or you with Mr. Nunnaly) in the near future. live in a Pittsburgh suburb.


P.W., PA

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