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What's up, it's Mike from Guitar Tricks, teaching you "Bottoms Up" as made famous by Brantley Gilbert. This is a modern country gem complete with a multi layered combination of rock pop, hip-hop, and country elements.

Modern country production uses several layering techniques to achieve its distinctive sound. Guitars are usually doubled for a thicker wall of sound, and traditional country instruments such as banjo, fiddle, dobro, and pedal steel are often layered into the arrangement. My approach in teaching this tutorial is to breakdown the main guitar parts in detail, and discuss some of the other instrumentation in a bonus lesson.

I'll teach this song using 4 guitar layers. Guitar 1 is an acoustic guitar that plays a great combination of arpeggiations and aggressive strumming. Guitar 2 is an effected electric guitar riff that provides the main hook of the song. Guitar 3 is a crunch guitar that adds some beefy thickness to the arrangement, and Guitar 4 is the lead guitar that blazes a killer solo.

The tune starts off with a dramatic riff at a low dynamic that leads into the verse. The choruses blast off into a higher dynamic with some crunching power chords. There's also a searing guitar solo that takes the song to a whole new level.

To play this tune using only one guitar, play Guitar 1 all the way through.

In the following lessons, we'll talk about power chords, chord arpeggiation, syncopation, classic rock lead techniques, and dynamics. We are in the key of E minor, with a 4/4 time signature, at a tempo of 85 BPM.