Guitar Essentials: How to Fake Country Guitar in Three Steps

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You wouldn’t call Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck or Steve Howe country guitarists, but that’s never stopped any of them from incorporating the style into their rock, fusion or prog.

Being fluent in a range of musical styles can add diversity to your performance, but it takes time to build the necessary chops. In the meantime, you can always fake it if you know a few essentials.

In this lesson, Jim Lill demonstrates three ways you can fake playing country guitar. You may recall that last week he showed how to fake jazz guitar. This lesson follows a similar path, as Jim offers advice on gear and essential techniques. Learn them, and then incorporate them into your playing.

Whether or not country guitar is your thing, you can find plenty of uses for the style and its techniques. Just ask Page, Beck and Howe.

In addition to his YouTube channel, Jim has now has a page on, where he’s offering gear giveaways, Skype lessons, guests passes, and more. We encourage you to check out both for more of his informative videos.

In addition, take a look at his Guitar-Lick-A-Day Instagram, where you can learn a new lick every day, with tab available for each lick.

Then head over to Jim’s website, where you can find more lessons and MP3s and purchase his e-book, The Graphic Guide to Country Guitar. You can also join his mailing list to get immediate updates on videos.