Should I get SWS? I'm more into classic country.

Discussion in 'SWS Questions' started by Chief Rick, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. Chief Rick

    Chief Rick Struggling but Determined Intermediate Level

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    I have BGU and it's teaching me a lot.  I love Griff's teaching style, and I'm currently working on lesson 11, Minor Blues.  But eventually I plan to move more toward classic country sounds.  SWS is on sale now but I don't know if it is the way for me to go once I finish BGU.  Can anyone tell me if SWS will help, or if there is some other course I should consider to learn that twang?
     
  2. Marv

    Marv I play 'err' guitar.

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    SWS is useful for anything you plan to do using the pentatonic scale without memorizing all the box patterns you find in BGU.  You basically learn to find and link all the little "4-note solo" boxes around the root notes on the neck so you can play all over in any key. I found it very helpful!
     
  3. MikeS

    MikeS Moderator... Another Man In Black.
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    I agree with Marv. Once I started using SWS, my soloing made a jump ahead. Having said that, I don't know that it will particularly help you with "that twang".
    You might want to check out Griff's friend Arnie Newman.
    ( http://www.arnienewman.com/ )
    Arnie is a master of the twang. Arnie did a class for us at BGU Live 2013. Much of it went by too quickly for me to really get a lot out of it, but I could tell that if I had spent some time with Arnie and his instruction, I'd have come away with some really great country licks.
     
  4. luckylarry

    luckylarry Student Of The Blues

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    Mike has great advice regarding Arnie. Another thought is that if you like Griffs teaching style his Strumming and rhythm Mastery course would really help you as well.  :)
     
  5. Chief Rick

    Chief Rick Struggling but Determined Intermediate Level

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    I think I'll stick with Griff for a while longer to develop my skills, but I did find a great deal on http://www.freewebs.com/groovymusiclessons/ where Scott Grove will sell you 190 hours of his videos for only $49.95 to download.  He is an accomplished professional country musician with an awesome guitar collection, and he seems to be able to play almost anything with strings or a keyboard.
     
  6. Marv

    Marv I play 'err' guitar.

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    Scott is a little out there, but I never seem to fail to get something out of his videos.  Sometime it's just a good laugh, but that's good too.
     
  7. Griff

    Griff Chief Cook And Bottle Washer
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    For country you might actually get more out of 5 Easy Blues Solos. There are a couple of major pentatonic patterns I use in there that I don't use as much in anything else (though they do show up in SWS as well, come to think of it.) I just think that the solos in 5 Easy Blues Solos might be more appealing if you like country.

    That being said, Arnie is amazing but I haven't been able to nail him down to do a course for me. And I hear he got a new gig but won't say what yet...
     
  8. giayank

    giayank Just another day in paradise

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      For me SWS opened the door ,turned the light on and drove the point home all at once . It made my whole approach to soloing  change . I have BGU and SWS to me they go hand in hand . SWS is a fun course that can help you play any style you choose to play in the Rock, country and blues styles . It's not technically difficult to do .So you can start playing it's approach quickly . The tone and expertise that Griff has is another thing . I don't mean to say you can master the course quickly but the idea and the approach to playing is something you can quickly incorporate into your playing style .
     
  9. joeblues27

    joeblues27 Blues with feeling

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    I played in a country band about 15 yrs ago...our lead player used the SWS concept all the time. So can testify this course works for all genere's of music!