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March 12, 2013

Southern Rock Guitar Lesson

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Written by: Mike Abbott

Southern rock is a style which was born of many
influences: the blues, gospel, country, and of course,
rock. Below is a list of southern rock bands that created
the style:

Lynyrd Skynyrd
formed their band in the 1965. They were known for their country
twang which came from Fender Stratocasters and Telecasters (Les Pauls
were used also). One of their greatest hits, “Sweet Home
has a challenging riff that guitar players are
still fascinated with.


The Allman
are another great southern rock
band that has been around since about 1965. Gregg Allman
is the lead singer/organist. Gregg’s brother Duane, who
died very young, was the phenomenal slide player of the
band. Duane set the level to which all other slide
players aspire!

Other southern rock bands:

Kentucky Headhunters

Charlie Daniels Band

Here is an exercise and a lick that
will help you get the feel of southern rock!


First, practice this muting exercise:

  • Use the palm muting technique that you
    practiced in the palm
    mute lesson.
  • Make the most of the 3rd fret bend – bend it

Now, add the measure below to the 1st exercise for
a great twang lick.



  • Practice each lick or exercise slowly
  • Practice each lick or exercise
    with the metronome set to between 40 and 70
  • Try to change the lick slightly (add a slide,
    bend, vibrato) to make it your own!

About the Author

Mike Abbott
Mike is a pro guitarist and music educator.  He has performed with such diverse acts as the Rolling Stones Horns, Sammy Davis Jr., and Burt Bacharach.   After spending much of his music career in New York City, He now is a very busy guitarist in the Denver area, performing and teaching extensively. Mike's latest work is a book, The Guitar and Amp Sourcebook, published by Harper Collins and released in December 2012.



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