Using Melodic Double-Stops to build a Country Solo

Lesson #453 • Sep 17, 2022

In this week’s lesson, I’ll show you the step-by-step process of creating a country-inspired solo over G-Bm-C-G with a focus on using melodic double-stops. This helps “fill out” the sound of the solo (since we’re often playing two strings at a time), but also leaves room for melodic phrases that give things a nice character. The inspiration here is “Girl from the North Country” and “The Weight”, both of which use a I-iii-IV-I chord progression.

  • 0:00 Lesson Summary
  • 2:01 Starting with Open Chords
  • 3:35 Focus on Thinnest 3 Strings
  • 7:42 Hunting for Melody Ideas
  • 11:39 More Triad & Double Stop Ideas
  • 14:08 Arriving at a “Finished” Solo

Part 2 - Teaching the Main Riff

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Part 3 - Main Riff Playthrough, with Tabs

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Jam Track

Here’s the jam track you can use to follow along with this lesson. It repeats the G-Bm-C-G progression for ~5 minutes, using drums/bass/guitar to help provide the tonality and groove. After pressing play, you can jump in anytime — and if you mess up and need a break, you’ll never have to wait long for the next cycle through the progression. Stream below or download mp3 for offline use.

The Inspiration For This Lesson

Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash’s version of Girl from the North Country was my original inspiration, having just created a lesson teaching that song. That song likewise uses a G-Bm-C-G chord progression, which is what I’m using in the lesson above.

I should also note that The Weight (by The Band) is another inspiration here – as that song uses the exact same chord progression of I-iii-IV-I. Even though it’s in a different key, you can still hum the verse melody to The Weight using the G-Bm-C-G backing track I use in this lesson. If you want to learn The Weight, watch my video lesson.

Finally, I want to give a shout-out to this cover of Girl from the North Country. Watching the various guitar fills used here help ignite my original inspiration for creating this solo.

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