You Can Teach Yourself Country Guitar by Dix Bruce.

Aimed at beginners and intermediate players it teaches everything you need to get started playing Country Guitar. Includes downloadable audio examples of all songs and exercises.

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Additional Details

  • 96-page book and downloadable recording set.
  • 27 Easy Country Songs
  • How to Tune the Guitar
  • All Basic Major, Minor, and Seventh
  • Guitar Chords
  • Guitar Accompaniment Strums from Country Hits
  • The Nashville Number System of 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!

Table of Contents
About the Guitar
How to Hold the Guitar
Tuning the Guitar
Chord Diagrams
The D and A7 Chords
Advanced Accompaniment Patterns List
“My Home’s Across the Blue Ridge Mountains” 
“Handsome Molly,” A & E7 Chords, The Flatpick 
Minimum Music Theory 
“I Ride an Old Paint,” C & G7 Chords 
“Red River Valley,” E & B7 Chords
“Shady Grove,” Minor Chords
“Home on the Range,” F & Bb Chords
“Going Down This Road Feeling Bad”
“The Cuckoo,” Dm 
“I Get Blue”
Alternating Bass Note, Strum Technique
“Roll in My Sweet Baby’s Arms”
Connecting Runs, Tablature
“Bury Me Beneath the Willow,” Bass Note Connectors 
“Some Drink”
“Life’s Railway to Heaven,” Finger Moves 
The Capo
The Capo Chart
“The Nine Pound Hammer,” the Lester Flatt Run
“The Nine Pound Hammer” with Runs 
Hammer-Ons and Pull-Offs 
“Sweet Sunny South” 
“I’ll Love You Still” 
The Nashville Number System 
“Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down” 
Scale and Transposition Chart 
“Children Go Where I Send Thee” 
Finger Moves on Minor Chords, More Transposing
“Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho”
“Don’t That Road Look Rough & Rocky?” 
“Fair & Tender Ladies” 
Double Arpeggio Fingerpick
“In the Pines” 
“The House of the Rising Sun”
“Nobody Sleeps at My Place” 
Carter-Style Leads 
“Wildwood Flower” 
Lead Flatpicking 
“Devil’s Dream” 
“Darling You’re a Fool”
Ends & Beginnings 
Chord Dictionary Showing Bass Notes

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. Nunally) in the near future. I live in a Pittsburgh suburb. Sincerely, P.W., PA”