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Joe Don Rooney

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Rockin' the Country with Joe Don Rooney: How to Turn a Stock Chord Progression Into a Unique Guitar Part

Last month I described how I harnessed my voice’s musical intuition as a creative guide when crafting a lead guitar solo in the studio.

This month I’d like to talk about another useful, creative approach, in this case one that can help shape and sculpt a stock chord progression into a melodically interesting rhythm guitar part that can serve as the foundation for a song.

Rockin' The Country with Joe Don Rooney: The Benefits of Being a Singing Guitarist

This video is bonus content related to the May 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at the Guitar World Online Store.

Rockin' The Country with Joe Don Rooney: Making My Guitar Speak on “Me and My Gang”

This video is bonus content related to the April 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now or at our online store.

Rockin' The Country with Joe Don Rooney: Crafting Wailing Lead Phrases, and My “Life Is a Highway” Solo

This video is bonus content related to the March 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our online store.

Rockin' the Country with Joe Don Rooney: Combining Diverse Stylistic Elements, and My Take on “Life Is a Highway”

These videos are bonus content related to the February 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our online store.

Rockin' the Country with Joe Don Rooney: Drawing Inspiration from a Folk/Bluegrass Instrument, and How I Play “Banjo”

These videos are bonus content related to the January 2014 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our online store.

Rockin' the Country with Joe Don Rooney: Maximize the Melody — How to Make a Guitar Solo Sing

These videos are bonus content related to the Holiday 2013 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our online store.

Rockin' The Country: How I Adapted a Hit Song’s Recorded Guitar Parts for the Concert Stage

These videos are bonus content related to the December 2013 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our online store.

Rockin' the Country with Joe Don Rooney: Playing an Instrument that’s Ideal for Your Circumstances

The following content is related to the November 2013 issue of Guitar World. For the full range of interviews, features, tabs and more, pick up the new issue on newsstands now, or in our online store.

Rockin' the Country: Adapting More Pedal-Steel-Inspired Licks and Chord-Playing Ideas to the Electric Guitar

I’ve always been intrigued by the way pedal-steel players compile notes differently than electric guitarists. Whereas the electric guitar kind of technically limits—or should I say more narrowly influences—how you form chords and craft licks, the pedal steel offers the player a lot of options, what with all those crazy pedals and knee-operated levers, additional strings, open tunings and the slide.