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Arkansas Traveler
Brent Mason
A burnin' cluck-fest from an instructional album. Might be tough to find the audio, but search Doug's site.
Album: Speed Pickin' And Country Ballads   by Doug Jernigan
Genre: country       Notation: standard and tablature
Autumn Leaves
Barney Kessel
A solo guitar arrangement for this standard. The chords are given from the Real Book, so you can compare Barney's voicings with the originals to see how he dresses things up. Video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAsEfhU2Ehg
Album: [Live Performance]   by Barney Kessel
Genre: jazz       Notation: standard and tablature
Blackberry Blossom
Tony Rice
Great tone, great phrasing, great ideas. Come for the awesome playing, stay for Tony's amazing shirt.
Album: Manzanita   by Tony Rice
Genre: bluegrass       Notation: standard and tablature
Blowin' Smoke (riff only)
Brent Mason
Just the funky down-low chicken riff, not the whole song.
Album: Hot Wired   by Brent Mason
Genre: country       Notation: standard and tablature
Blues Newburg (one lick only)
Danny Gatton
One particular lick only, transposed into several different keys. Good exercise for inventing your own material, as the same notes in a different key might force you into untraditional positions.
Album: 88 Elmira St.   by Danny Gatton
Genre: country       Notation: standard and tablature
Brooklyn Sometimes
Kurt Rosenwinkel
One of my favorite post-bop solos ever. Really great trajectory over some really fertile changes. Includes opening piano chords.
Album: Deep Song   by Kurt Rosenwinkel
Genre: jazz       Notation: standard only
Cudge Boogie
Johnny Hiland
Not enough F licks in your Tele vocabulary? Start here!
Album: Nashville Guitars   by Johnny Hiland
Genre: country       Notation: standard and tablature
Down at the Twist and Shout
John Jennings
Classic solo with a clever open-string banjo thing.
Album: Shooting Straight in the Dark   by Mary Chapin Carpenter
Genre: country       Notation: standard and tablature
Dug In
Dug Grieves
A terrific exercise in cascading lines, similar to "Jerry's Breakdown."
Album: Nashville Guitars   by Dug Grieves
Genre: country       Notation: standard and tablature
East Bound And Down
Jerry Reed
Twin guitars, arranged for one! Totally fun and playable. Great way to get yer double-stops on.
Album: Smokey & the Bandit   by Jerry Reed
Genre: country       Notation: standard and tablature
Fat Bottomed Girls
John Carroll
Yes, that song. And yes, that former Dangerous Toys hair-metal '80s singer. Super-cool Tele playing from a guy I wasn't familiar with.
Album: High on the Hog   by Kevin Fowler
Genre: country       Notation: standard and tablature
Fat Boy Rag
Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
Fiddles, mandolins, what-have-you, arranged for two guitars. Fun tune to play.
Album: Tiffany Transcriptions, Vol. 5   by Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys
Genre: western swing       Notation: standard and tablature
Feels So Good
Grant Geissman
The phased tone certainly dates it, but the fact is this is a great melody with a burning guitar solo.
Album: Feels So Good   by Chuck Mangione
Genre: jazz-rock       Notation: standard and tablature
Four Wheel Drive
Buddy Emmons
An amazing pedal steel obstacle course, arranged for guitar. This is a great way to pick up some new voicings, particularly on major 6 and minor 7b5 chords.
Album: Amazing Steel Guitar   by Buddy Emmons
Genre: jazz, country       Notation: standard and tablature
Hot Wired
Brent Mason
The crown jewel of country guitar instrumentals. I can't say enough about the playing on this date. Truly inspiring. Transcription includes piano solo!
Album: Hot Wired   by Brent Mason
Genre: country       Notation: standard and tablature
Hummingbird
Albert Lee
From this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4SR17CnqJeA   (which I can't unfortunately link to because of a limitation in my website design. Oops!)
Album: [Live performance]   by
Genre: country       Notation: standard and tablature
I Can Get By
Brent Mason
All the players get to cut loose in the extended outtro. The opening lick is worth the price of admission alone.
Album: Buddy Jewell   by Buddy Jewell
Genre: country       Notation: standard and tablature
I'll Take You Back
Brad Paisley
A rip-roaring country affair with lots of sneaky tricks like only Brad does.
Album: Time Well Wasted   by Brad Paisley
Genre: country       Notation: standard and tablature
In Your Face
Johnny Hiland
Many many notes, all perfectly in the pocket.
Album: Johnny Hiland   by Johnny Hiland
Genre: country       Notation: standard and tablature
It Takes Two
Dann Huff
Time out for some hair metal! In a decade with lots of guitar craziness, Dann Huff was a cut above.
Album: Last of the Runaways   by Giant
Genre: rock       Notation: standard and tablature
John Henry
David Grier
A great solo from my favoritest flatpicker.
Album: I've Got the House to Myself   by David Grier
Genre: bluegrass       Notation: standard and tablature
John Roland Wood
Paul Chapman
Great solo from a slightly-lesser-heard-of player.
Album: Something Goin' on Here   by Aaron Pritchett
Genre: country       Notation: standard and tablature
Kelecaster
Kelly Back
Awesome country playing with some bluesy kinds of things snuck in there. Kelly's a monster.
Album: Nashville Guitars   by Kelly Back
Genre: country       Notation: standard and tablature
Less Taste More Filling
Jim Olander
Probably mostly a spectator sport here, because of Jimmy's unorthodox bender setup, but if you really wanted to know how it was played...
Album: Nashville Guitars   by Jim Olander
Genre: country       Notation: standard and tablature
Let's Get Back to Me and You
Brent Mason
Just the usual amazing chicken pickin you always find on Alan's albums. A few Buck-isms in here, too.
Album: Who I Am   by Alan Jackson
Genre: country       Notation: standard and tablature
Long Long Way
James Curtis Mitchell
Check out James's playing on YouTube. This guy kills.
Album: Good Time   by Alan Jackson
Genre: country       Notation: standard and tablature
Mr. Memory
Bill Frisell
A very underrated album; I just love this melody and how it plays off the bass line, so I arranged it for a fingerstyle-ish guitar part.
Album: Nashville   by Bill Frisell
Genre: jazz, country, fingerstyle       Notation: standard and tablature
My Best Drinkin'
Brent Mason
Brent Mason. Honky-tonk music. E major. Etc. Etc. Includes intro and solo.
Album: Savin' the Honky Tonk   by Mark Chesnutt
Genre: country       Notation: standard and tablature
My Next Broken Heart
Brent Mason
A classic. Note the incidentals and grace notes. They reveal the hand positions that create Brent's incredibly legato phrasing.
Album: Brand New Man   by Brooks & Dunn
Genre: country       Notation: standard and tablature
No More Mr. Nice Guy
Steve Wariner & Vince Gill
One hundred sixty bars of dueling guitars, until I ran out of steam trying to separate them in the audio.
Album: No More Mr. Nice Guy   by Steve Wariner
Genre: country       Notation: standard and tablature
Oklahoma Borderline
Vince Gill
The live version of the solo, from the Cross Guitar Festival in 2004. Available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RvsMg4Xl6v4
Album: Crossroads Guitar Festival 2004   by Vince Gill
Genre: country       Notation: standard and tablature
Old Enough To Know Better
Brent Mason
Tele playing at its finest. Again.
Album: Old Enough To Know Better   by Wade Hayes
Genre: country       Notation: standard and tablature
Pick It Apart
Brent Mason
Yes, that's a one-eight-one on the tempo. There may be only one human alive who can play at this pace.
Album: The New Nashville Cats   by Mark O'Connor
Genre: country       Notation: standard and tablature
Smokin' in the Back yard
Martijn van Iterson
Marvelous, marvelous playing and phrasing from not-so-known bebop monster. This guy's tone and note choices are inspiring. Buy the album!
Album: The Whole Bunch   by Martijn van Iterson
Genre: jazz       Notation: standard only
Swing with a Sting
Brent Mason
Monstrous picking from everyone on this date. A great blend of country and jazz styling.
Album: Hot Wired   by Brent Mason
Genre: jazz, country       Notation: standard and tablature
The Claw
Jerry Donahue
This version is not from the album, but from a YouTube clip of a documentary of some sort, featuring Jerry playing solo in his living room. View it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJaSZxZJFV0
Album: Telecasting Recast   by Jerry Donahue
Genre: country       Notation: standard and tablature
The Stumble
Bill Hullett
Can't beat this guy's tone and pocket. Very fun tune to learn and play.
Album: Two-Lane Blacktop   by Bill Hullett
Genre: country, blues       Notation: standard and tablature
Ticks
Brad Paisley
I had to learn this for a gig, so I charted all the fills and stuff too.
Album: 5th Gear   by Brad Paisley
Genre: country       Notation: tablature only
Tiger by the Tail
Brent Mason
Do yourself a favor and buy this album. Every song is just right.
Album: Straight from the Heart   by Daryle Singletary
Genre: country       Notation: standard and tablature
Two Feet of Topsoil
Brad Paisley
All the monster acoustic and electric licks are included here.
Album: Part II   by Brad Paisley
Genre: country       Notation: standard and tablature
Walk on Water
Jimmy Lyon
Departing again from our normal Telecaster-based transcriptions, this solo is a hidden gem of rock guitar. Inimitable phrasing and great tone.
Album: Nothing to Lose   by Eddie Money
Genre: rock       Notation: standard and tablature
Way Past Long
Robben Ford
Robben had a couple of great solos on this album. Here's one of them.
Album: From the Reach   by Sonny Landreth
Genre: blues       Notation: standard and tablature
White Line Casanova
Brent Mason
Burnin' mid-90s Masonry.
Album: Borderline   by Brooks & Dunn
Genre: country       Notation: standard and tablature
Who's Cheatin' Who
Brent Mason
Shouldn't that be "Who's Cheatin' Whom"? Referring to this solo, Brent once told me "you have no idea what you're talking about," so you know it has to be awesome.
Album: Everything I Love   by Alan Jackson
Genre: country       Notation: standard and tablature
Wide Open
Kerry Marx
Piles and piles of great Telecaster ideas here.
Album: Nashville Guitars   by Kerry Marx
Genre: country       Notation: standard and tablature
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