Chicken Pickin’

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 Chicken Pickin’ – The Vocabulary of the Country Guitar Masters

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Learn how to ‘speak’ the language of country guitar – chicken pickin’.  Chicken pickin’ is an often misunderstood style.  It is the classic country sound from guitarists dating back to the 1950s and 1960s through today.  Some of the hallmarks of chicken pickin’ are the ‘clucka cluck’ sound and ridiculous fast licks.  Chicken Pickin’ Vocabulary really breaks this stuff down and makes it easy to learn and apply in your playing right away!

What you will receive in Chicken Pickin’ – Vocabulary

  • Over 100 authentic, real licks in the style of the masters
  • Stock country guitar chord progressions that are included in thousands of songs
  • The CONTEXT of chicken pickin’ licks – learn WHERE to put them!
  • Essential Listening discography
  • Access to audio examples of the licks
  • Sample etudes that will help you apply these licks immediately
  • Printable PDF file that is readable on computers and tablets
  • Only $7.99!!

Guitarists Covered

Here’s the deal: learning to play a musical style can get really complicated, really fast.  Using the idea of vocabulary VASTLY reduces the amount of time and ‘stuff’ you’ll use, making learning the style MUCH quicker.  Remember when you were in school and wondered ‘Why do I have to learn this chemistry principle, Why do I have to learn negative integers”?  You knew back then that it doesn’t make sense to waste your time on things that don’t ultimately matter.  So don’t waste your time learning a bunch of fingerings and scales that don’t matter.

I get it, if you REALLY want to learn a style you need to get into the theory, fingerings, etc.  But that’s just way too much at first.  It’s much better to get your hands dirty with the things that matter first – the actual music and phrases that have made the music that you love sound amazing.

Bonus – Backing Tracks

As a special bonus, I am including a set of backing tracks that you can use to practice all the licks that you’re learning here.  This is an indispensable tool – make this stuff come alive!

Chicken Pickin’ – Vocabulary does just that: gives you the basic vocabulary that chicken pickers have used for half of a century!

Make sure to also check out my Bundle of Blues, Country, and Jazz guitar books.  It’s only $19.97!  Just click here.

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54 Responses to Chicken Pickin’

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  2. Dave says:

    Hi Sam

    Are you planning to publish a hard copy version of Chicken Pickin’ as well? I waited to buy Blues Language in this form (which is excellent by the way) as I prefer to have something I can physically hold and flick through.


    • Sam says:

      Hi Dave – I DO plan on releasing a hard copy via Amazon. It will be a little while until that version is finished, so just stay tuned. Also being sold through Amazon I have no way to regulate any discounts, but it’s great to hear that you’re interested in the paperback version!

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  5. Bob says:

    Is there any way to access the backing tracks and special video lessons if we order the kindle version of the book through amazon?

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  11. Paul says:

    I ordered this book through Amazon. Have tried to download the audio files, but never get any response from the link. Have contacted you directly; no response.

    I recommend this book if you enjoy READING; there are no accompanying audio files. Happy reading!

    • Sam says:

      Hi Paul – I’ve responded to your request- thanks for the kind words, and hope you enjoy the audio files now that I’ve got the CORRECT ones out to you! :)

  12. Thomas Rzodkiewicz says:

    Hi Sam…….i just purchased the download of “Chicken Picken’ The Vocabulary of the Country Guitar Masters”, it’s great so far…however…..i can’t access the Bonus material…….the link sends me to a dead Web address.

    any thoughts??



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  20. terry says:

    Hi Sam.

    Just bought Chicken Pickin from amazon but can’t access any of the audio files using the link on pg 4 of the book.

    Is there a working link?

    Thanks. The book looks great but the audio would be a big help.

  21. Eric says:

    Hi Sam,
    I bought the Chicken Pickin’ book from amazon and can’t find the download link for the audio files, can you help me out?


  22. Dave says:

    Hi. I bought the book. How do I download the audio files?

  23. derek says:

    Like everyone here the address for downloading the audio for Chicken Picken doesn’t work

  24. damian martin says:

    HI I bought the book from Amazon can I get the link for the audio download,


  25. Jim says:

    I bought the book from Amazon but need a link to the audio

  26. Joe says:

    Hey Sam,

    I just purchased this book from Amazon. Can you please send me the link to the audio files?


  27. andy says:

    I would like the link for the audio download

  28. Mario says:

    I”ve bought the book from amazon – please send me the link to the audio files.

  29. Andrew says:

    I own the book from Amazon, and am also looking for the tracks. Thanks for your help, love the book already!

  30. tommy ray says:

    great book! already learned some new chicken pickin ideas! can’t locate the audio files to go with the book, where are the audio files? thanks mr sam smiley!

  31. Brian says:

    Need the link to the audio files

  32. Dean says:

    How do I get the audio files? Thanks!

  33. Danny Suran says:

    Hello, I appear to have the same question as most people on here. I have purchased the kindle version of Chicken Pickin’ but have not been able to access the audio samples.


  34. John in TX says:

    Great book, Sir! My first book on the country style after 20+ years playing metal and rock. It’s not as easy as I thought! Going from technicality to musicality is a big leap. Even though the musical logic is straightforward, it’s one of those things you tend to overlook and you explain it perfectly.

  35. Eric Whitney says:

    I bought the Chicken Pickin book on Amazon, but I never got an email per your promise (below).

    “When you purchased the book, you received an email that details access to the bonus materials. Follow the directions included in that email to receive access to the bonuses page.”

    I am a BIG fan. Love the book, would appreciate help with the bonus page.


  36. Eric Whitney says:

    Damn! just read the link in the comment above mine–seems to work, so never mind sending me that email!

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