In this lesson you’ll learn a straight-eighths country or country-rock feel to play on the Hank Williams classic “Jambalaya.” “Straight-eighths” means that the eighth notes are played evenly, not swung, as in some of the previous lessons. This feel is used in a lot of country, rock, and country rock. “Jambalaya” was recorded by Hank Williams in the key of C, and it’s been recorded and performed by countless musicians. Emmylou Harris recorded a great country-rock version in the key of A. Scott plays using key of A shapes, capoed at the third fret, which puts it in the key of C. In this first video, you’ll learn a simple straight-eighths strum pattern, along with some simple variations, and a couple of ways to finger the A and E chords. Then Scott sings a verse and chorus so you can see how those patterns work with the song.
"Jambalaya" (Available to subscribers)