These country piano lessons are full of fun riffs and licks that will help you create the “country sound.” Start practicing these common chord progressions and use these tutorials to ingrain the tricks and secrets in your hands.
Country Piano Introduction
Common Country Keys
These are the keys that you will typically play in when jamming country piano. Most of the time it’s the good guitar keys.
The Pentatonic Scale
You have to know this in order to play some good country sounds. So many riffs come from the pentatonic scale, so let’s get to work!
There are certain things great players always do to create some amazing solos. Here’s a great (and simple) tip that can make a huge difference.
The Country Groove
Every style has a certain “feel” to it. Check out this video to learn about the country groove and using the broken chord pattern.
Add the Octave
Sometimes, simply adding in an octave to your chords will create a great country sound.
Country Left Hand
Country bass lines are usually pretty simple, but really add a lot to the feel of the style.
Walk Ups and Downs
This is a technique you will hear all the time in country music. Your right and left hands work together to move from the 1 up to 4 or 1 down to 5. Many times, it only happens in key parts of the song.
Watch videos 1 and 3 for a simple explanation. Do videos 2 and 4 for an Advanced Workout:
Walk Ups and Downs
Slip Note and Hammer Tricks
An extra quick note here and there will add a lot to your sound. Practice these enough and soon your hands won’t even have to think about it, and it’s all fun after that! The “1 4 5 Major Chords” will work when moving to any major chord you play. The “Pentatonic Scale” will work for the key you are playing in.
It’s common to get a little “bluesy” from time to time in country (which is why you’ll also find this technique in our blues lessons). Simply learn the Right Hand Pattern and you’ll already be on your way!
Work on the Right Hand Pattern: Keys of G, A, B, C, D, E, F and Bb.
Jam in the Style of the Greats!
- Old-Time Country
- Jimmie Rodgers
- Roy Acuff
1930s & 1940s
- Earl Scruggs
- Lester Flatt
1950s & 1960s
1960s & 1970s
- Outlaw Country
- Country Rock
- Willie Nelson
- Waylon Jennings
- Johnny Cash
- Merle Haggard