Chicken Pickin' Brad Paisley Licks

Published on March 31st, 2014 | by Sam

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Brad Paisley Licks – Low String Bends

Brad Paisley is one of the best chicken pickin’ guitarists out there and has now started to crossover to pop and metal audiences.  His music has become transcendent and that is mostly due to his country guitar shredding!

We’re going to look at a few licks from his earlier songs today.  The first 3 are all from his first hit “I’m Gonna Miss Her.”  The last couple of licks are from earlier songs as well.  So strap on the G bender and let’s check out some Brad Paisley Licks.

Brad Paisley Lick 1

The first few licks are all over an F# chord.  This one starts out in a common chicken pickin’ position.  It starts on the 5th of the scale, makes a run (through the major pentatonic) to the root.  The one of the signature chicken pickin licks – a bend on the lower strings brings the 2nd of the chord up to the 3rd.  He then returns back to the root via the major pentatonic again.  Make sure to bend this string down, instead of up.  You’ll run out of room bending lower strings up.

Brad Paisley Lick 1

Brad Paisley Lick 2

This lick comes out of the same position, but this time he uses it to move up through the scale.  He first moves chromatically just up a fret before using 6ths above that.  This is an early example of a Brad Paisley lick that starts to use some pretty creative chromatic notes.  If you’ve followed Brad’s career you know that one of his hallmarks is almost random pull offs to open strings.  This lick actually takes you from the IV chord to the V chord in F# – from B to C#.

Brad Paisley Lick 2

Brad Paisley Lick 3

The final lick from “I’m Gonna Miss Her” is much simpler.  Basically you’re bending the 2nd of the scale up and back down.  Then resolve the lick but bending the lower octave second (on the D string) up to the third of the chord.

Brad Paisley Lick 3

Brad Paisley Lick 4

In our 4th Brad Paisley lick we’ll look at one of his famous pull off licks.  Here we’re playing over an A chord.  He hammers/pulls off from the 7th of the chord to the root. Then goes to the 6th of the key on the D string and pulls that up to the same pitch as the open string.  As I said earlier, Brad is a master at the almost – random use of open strings in pull offs and making them sound really different.

Brad Paisley Lick 4

Brad Paisley Lick 5

Finally we’re going to look at the quintessential chicken pickin lick – the ‘clucka clucka’!  Brad uses this to outline sort of an E chord, by clucka-ing to the root, the fifth, and then pulling the E string down to bend it up to the third of the chord.

Brad Paisley Lick 5

I hope you’ve enjoyed another look at these Brad Paisley licks here!  If you’re into chicken pickin’ (and you wouldn’t make it this far down if you’re not!) you’ve got to check out my new book on chicken pickin.  It contains over 100 licks, but here’s the best thing: it puts this all into CONTEXT so you’re not just sitting there with a pile of licks.  You’ll actually have a way to USE them.  Check out the book here.  Oh check out the bonuses too, number one will change the way you practice!

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