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Country Guitar Lesson on Merle Haggard's "Mama Tried"

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"Merle Haggard was my favorite of them all. RIP to a true legend. When I go up to the jukebox I without question play Swingin Doors, The Night The Bottle Let Me Down, Just Stay Here And Drink, Honky Tonk Night Time Man, Ramblin Fever, Mama Tried, Silver Wings and they go on and on. Thanks for teaching me how to play real country music!"  - Guthrie Trapp

Today we say goodbye to the legendary Merle Haggard, who died today of pneumonia on his 79th birthdayIn honor of his great contributions to country guitar playing we have included a lesson on Merle Haggard's classic song “Mama Tried” here below.

This is only Part 1 of Guthrie's lesson on soloing over "Mama Tried." You can find Part 2 in the Intermediate section of the Online Country Guitar with Guthrie Trapp curriculum, as well as hundreds of other great country guitar lessons from beginner to advanced.

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