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Electric Country Guitar Lessons: Pickups: When and What to Use

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Okay, friends, we're gonna talk
right now a little bit about the pickups
on a guitar and when to use which one.
We went over what they sound like,
but now we're gonna talk
a little about when is
appropriate to use which pickup.
So with the front pickup is your warmest,
fattest sound you're gonna
have on the guitar [SOUND] and
probably the less kinda in your face tone.
You can use this for
some nice shuffle rhythm patterns.
So something like this,
so the middle pick up works for
this as well and
we'll get to that in a second.
But this works for that kind of stuff,
it's a little percussive,
not as much as the middle, but
you could still use if for
that kind of pattern,
that kind of thing.
And then also just your basic,
just like a nice ballad,
if you're playing a ballad.
It's just a nice warm sound for
like if you're playing a slower song and
you're doing a nice solo.
You're probably gonna wanna go to that
sound versus your back pick up for
something like that,
which is gonna be a little brighter,
harsher tone.
So things like the country shuffles,
and the ballads, and
stuff like that are gonna be great.
Anything that has a swing feel to it,
where you're playing a little bit more,
not jazzy necessarily.
But just a little bit more on the front
pickup kind of full, fat tone.
So if something's swinging like
the shuffle groove,
you're gonna be doing stuff like
we showed you earlier like a
It just sounds really nice on
the front pickup as opposed to this.
It just sounds a little better to play
that style with the front pickup.
So anything bluesy you play, if you're
playing slow blues or something like that.
I know we're talking about country guitar,
but the front pickup is gonna be best for
stuff like that.
Now the middle pickup, again for like
the country shuffle where you're really
getting this percussive kind of sound.
This gonna be the best pickup
as far as I'm concerned for
like your rhythm kinda stuff.
Where you're really getting
this muting going on,
which has enough high end in this pick up.
[SOUND] And enough low end together,
cuz you're having both pick up song at
the same time to really get this
percussive kind of approach.
Really sounds great for that,
and then also any kind of stuff
you're playing back by the bridge
like the Johnny Cash song we did.
The middle pickup's going to be great
for that.
Any kind of rhythm, if you're just
strumming like a Waylon type of rhythm,
great for that.
And then with single note playing,
this a pickup that I don't use very often.
But you can use this in a, this is
kind of a pickup where you can kinda
crossover between the swing kind of
stuff that swings a little bit more,
or and the tempo train stuff.
Normally, I would go to
the back pickup to do that but
this is what this pickup
would sound like on that.
So it's still a great sounding pickup,
just you're not gonna get quite
the snap that you are in the back
position on these lower strings.
So this is kind of a good rhythm
position and a good lead position also.
But I wouldn't use this quite as much
as I would on the train beats and
stuff as I would the back pick up.
So now we'll move to the back pickup,
and this is gonna be great for
this, like the chicken picking stop.
Because you get the most pop and
snap out of this back pick up.
now you don't
have to play that,
those licks that's
just an example.
But this pick up is what
you're gonna wanna use for
lika any kinda half time,
funky kinda stuff like.
Or any kinda up tempo train beats
that we're gonna get into
in the next section here.
Like anything like,
so that really has the snap and
like the quintessential
telecaster country sound.
So that's a little bit of an idea kind of
like when to use what pickup and where,
and that kind of stuff.
So another thing is if you're
doing some of the steel bends,
those really worked better for
the back pick up too.
It's clear and
sounds a little bit more authentic.
So have some fun with that, and
let me know if you have any questions, and
we're gonna move on to
another lesson here.