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I live in Nashville and play music for a living. In 2015 I started making videos and put them on YouTube, where more and more people tuned in to watch, and that led to me offering private Skype lessons when I had time (which wasn’t often).

I noticed that the guitarists who wanted private lessons with me were asking a lot of the same questions. I realized that they probably weren’t alone in having these questions and the rest of the internet isn’t adequately answering them. I want to help as many musicians as I can, so instead of giving Skype lessons to a few people I decided to make video courses that go in depth on these topics and make them available to everyone!

The backbone of these courses is the fact that I show you the most important, relevant information. If we hung out in a room with our guitars and amps and chatted about music, this is the stuff I would be nerding out over. This is the stuff that I would say, “Oh, man, this is gonna blow your mind, you’ve GOTTA learn this!”

There are no filler courses on this site. There never will be. I will only make things that show you what’s important. I’ll only make things I’m passionate about.

I’ll tell you what you actually need to know.

-Jim

Take your chicken pickin skill from 0 to 10 with a 10 step system that guides you through playing country guitar, starting at a beginner level and ending with impressive advanced playing. All you need to know to begin are five open chords and one pentatonic scale, and this course carries you through technique, touch, and improvising all the way to sounding like a pro.

The course plan was carefully crafted by country musician Jim Lill and proven to work.

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Course Outline (click to expand):

Chicken Pickin Ultimate

Part 0 – Primer

Part 1 – Locking Fingers Together

Part 2 – Pick+Lock

Part 3 – Pick+Lock+Rhythm

Part 4 – Pick+Lock+Lead

Part 5 – One, Two, Three

Part 6 – One, Two, Three, Solo

Part 7 – One, Two, Three, Pick+Lock

Part 8 – Open Speed Pattern

Part 9 – Closed Speed Pattern

Part 10 – The Ultimate

Total course time – 1hr 35min

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Courses included in the Everything Club:

Chicken Pickin Ultimate

Take your chicken pickin skill from 0 to 10 with a 10 step system that guides you through playing country guitar, starting at a beginner level and ending with impressive advanced playing. All you need to know to begin are five open chords and one pentatonic scale, and this course carries you through technique, touch, and improvising all the way to sounding like a pro.

The course plan was carefully crafted by country musician Jim Lill and proven to work.

Chicken Pickin Ultimate course outline:

Part 0 – Primer

Part 1 – Locking Fingers Together

Part 2 – Pick+Lock

Part 3 – Pick+Lock+Rhythm

Part 4 – Pick+Lock+Lead

Part 5 – One, Two, Three

Part 6 – One, Two, Three, Solo

Part 7 – One, Two, Three, Pick+Lock

Part 8 – Open Speed Pattern

Part 9 – Closed Speed Pattern

Part 10 – The Ultimate

Total course time – 1hr 35min

Paisley

Tips and tricks to play like the hero with the same name as the tablecloth pattern on his ’68 Tele.

Paisley course outline:

Part 1 – Basic Hybrid Picking

Part 2 – Pro Hybrid Picking

Part 3 – Touch

Part 4 – Note Choice

Part 5 – The Banjo Roll

Part 6 – Cascading Pulloffs

Part 7 – The High Speed Lick

Part 8 – Ascending

Part 9 – Pulloff 3rds+6ths

Part 10 – G-Bender Licks

Part 11 – Diagonal Pentatonic

Part 12 – Open Position

Part 13 – Rhythm

Part 14 – Tone

Total course time – 1hr 24min 10sec

Theory

A practical approach to concepts that will unlock new levels of your musical brain. Focused around the Nashville Number System and applying it to the music you play.

Theory course outline:

Part 1 – Learn The Notes

Part 2 – The Major Scale

Part 3 – Numbering The Notes

Part 4 – Internalizing

Part 5 – Chord Numbers

Part 6 – Visualizing

Part 7 – Outside The Scale

Part 8 – Slash Chords

Part 9 – Figuring It Out

Part 10 – Improvising

Part 11 – Chord Tones

Total course time – 1hr 27min 29sec

Chords

90% of the time a professional lead guitarist’s job is to play chords. This course shows a pro approach to playing chords based on the tendencies of Nashville session players.

Chords course outline:

Part 1 – Basic Theory

Part 2 – G, C, and D The Right Way

Part 3 – Top Same, Bottom Different

Part 4 – The Other Chords In G Major

Part 5 – Melodies Inside Chords

Part 6 – Walking Chords

Part 7 – Curveball Chords

Part 8 – Key of D Major

Part 9 – Key of A Major

Part 10 – Key of E Major

Part 11 – Key of C Major

Part 12 – Minor Keys

Part 13 – Closed Positions

Part 14 – Conclusion

Total course time – 2hr 20min 17sec

Learn Songs

The hardest part of being a professional musician is learning new songs quickly and accurately. In this course Jim learns a song front to back in real time on the first listen, then shows and explains the chart he wrote on that first listen.

Learn Songs course outline:

Part 1 – First Listen and Playthrough

Listening to a song for the first time, making a chart while listening, explaining the chart and playing the song.

Part 2 – Explaining and Refining

Going through the chart and explaining what everything on it means, and why certain choices are made when it comes to turning ink on paper back into music.

Part 3 – Second Listen and Playthrough

Tapping into the specific textures of the song and showing how to notate them, to supplement the chart in a way that allows you more accuracy to the recorded parts. A final play-through of the song trying to get as close to the recording as possible.

Total course time – 1hr 15min 43sec

Sound Big

This course shows an approach to filling out the sound of a live band with two guitarists or a recording where you’re in charge of two guitar tracks.

Tracking Lead Guitar

A real-time behind-the-scenes look at recording the lead guitar part for one of Jim’s YouTube videos, and all of the failures and successes therein.

Pedal Steel

A fast track for beginners wanting to learn pedal steel to a gigging level as quickly as possible. Based on the techniques Jim used to get prepared for his first pedal steel gig.

Pedal Steel course outline:

SECTION 1 – GETTING STARTED

Chapter 1 – Set Up

Chapter 2 – Seat Height

Chapter 3 – Gear

Chapter 4 – Bar

Chapter 5 – Tuning

SECTION 2 – FUNDAMENTALS

Chapter 1 – Open Chords

Chapter 2 – Picking+Blocking

Chapter 3 – Palm Blocking

Chapter 4 – Pedals Up

Chapter 5 – Pedals Down

Chapter 6 – Mixing Up/Down

Chapter 7 – 6 Minor Chord

Chapter 8 – 2 Minor Chord

Chapter 9 – 3 Minor Chord

Chapter 10 – b7 Chord

SECTION 3 – LICKS:

Chapter 1 – Swells

Chapter 2 – The Steel Lick

Chapter 3 – Resolve Pedals Up

Chapter 4 – Resolve Pedals Down

Chapter 5 – Doublestop Lick

Chapter 6 – Outro

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I love Brad Paisley’s playing, and I’ve figured out a lot of his habits so I can use them in my own playing. “How can I play like Brad?” is the question I get the most often, so I made this course to give you all of the tricks I use to do the same thing you want to do: play like Brad.

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Sounding big live as a band or in a recording is harder than just sounding big by yourself. It took me a while to learn some things that are actually fairly simple to put in your playing, so I cover them using a recent recording I made in this Everything Club exclusive course!

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Music theory is the most important and worst-taught thing in the music world. It’s at the center of how every professional musician I know thinks, creates, and reacts. But if you google “music theory” you get a bunch of confusing, outdated methods that take you the long way around when all you want to do is play and understand cool music. I made this course to help you understand and apply theory in the music you love.

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Chords are super important. Most people are playing them wrong (or at least not in the way that’ll sound the best). This course clears that up.

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When you move to Nashville, it’s inevitable that at some point you’ll have to accurately learn 40 songs in 2 days for a gig. And if you’re lucky you’ll get called in to do a session and have to play a song perfectly having only listened to it once. I’ve been fortunate enough to survive both of those situations many times, and in this course I show you exactly how every professional musician I know tackles that scenario.

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In 2015 I went from basically not being able to play steel to playing steel on stage over the course of 2 weeks. If you’re a guitar player wanting to start pedal steel, I made this course to show you the ropes and what I focused on.

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