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Guitars, Cadillacs: Introduction

 

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What's up, it's Mike from Guitar Tricks, teaching you "Guitars, Cadillacs" as made famous by Dwight Yoakam. This is a massive 80s era country hit that features some solid acoustic work and blazing country swing electric playing.

This song features 2 guitar layers. Guitar 1 is an acoustic guitar that alternates between only two chords with a great country swing groove. Guitar 2 is a clean electric guitar that adds a textbook of country leads and fills.

The tune starts out with the electric guitar playing an ear catching lick, that instantly defines the genre and launches us into the tune. The acoustic comes in with the rest of the band, and lays down a rock solid rhythmic foundation throughout the song. The arrangement alternates between a verse and chorus, with a few solo sections thrown in for good measure. The chord progression features only two chords, and is played consistently throughout all sections.

To play this tune using only one guitar, simply play the acoustic guitar all the way through!

In the following lessons, we'll talk about acoustic strumming, country swing feel, and some textbook country licks and fills. We are in the key of A, with a 4/4 time signature, at a tempo of 171 BPM.