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I’m a musician in Nashville, TN. I spend a lot of time recording and performing, and through having a YouTube channel I’ve found out a ton of other people are interested in doing that, too, including you if you made it to this page.

After getting the same questions over and over in video comments and during the small number of skype lessons I had time to give, I thought it would make it really easy for everyone if I just made video courses on popular topics that I love talking about and sold them for half the price of what I was charging for a Skype lesson. Win-Win.

So you get to dive in to my brain and have your questions answered with clear steps for improvement and I get to keep making music, which is what makes me good at helping you out in the first place.

Enjoy. Keep playing.

-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.

Learn more about the Chicken Pickin Ultimate course by clicking here

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

Get every course available on JimLillMusic.com, including Chicken Pickin Ultimate, Paisley, Theory, Chords, and more. Leave no stone unturned, fill all of the gaps in your musical knowledge and strengthen your playing from every angle.

All courses are streamable at JimLillMusic.com after purchasing the Everything Club monthly subscription.

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

Chicken Pickin Ultimate

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Chords are super important. 90+% of my job is playing chords well, and I love it. I’ve noticed a lot of people outside of Nashville (and sometimes in Nashville…) don’t play the chords that sound the best. There’s a by-the-book way to play chords and a real world way to play chords. I took some time and cataloged many of these chords in this course, and more importantly, when to use them, why they work, and how to find even more of them on your own. Good chord-work will improve your playing, tone, and pocket. Jump in and see what this is all about!

And this course is a little longer than the others. Definitely 2+ solid skype lessons worth. Chords are worth the extra time.

Learn more about the Chords course by clicking here

Course Outline (click to expand):

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

Get every course available on JimLillMusic.com, including Chicken Pickin Ultimate, Paisley, Theory, Chords, and more. Leave no stone unturned, fill all of the gaps in your musical knowledge and strengthen your playing from every angle.

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

Chords

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Jim’s Everything Club

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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.

Learn more about the Theory course by clicking here

Course Outline (click to expand):

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

Get every course available on JimLillMusic.com, including Chicken Pickin Ultimate, Paisley, Theory, Chords, and more. Leave no stone unturned, fill all of the gaps in your musical knowledge and strengthen your playing from every angle.

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

Theory

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Jim’s Everything Club

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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.

Learn more about the Paisley course by clicking here

Course Outline (click to expand):

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

Get every course available on JimLillMusic.com, including Chicken Pickin Ultimate, Paisley, Theory, Chords, and more. Leave no stone unturned, fill all of the gaps in your musical knowledge and strengthen your playing from every angle.

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

Paisley

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Jim’s Everything Club

$49.95 / monthSign Up Now

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.

Learn more about the Pedal Steel course by clicking here

Course Outline (click to expand):

Pedal Steel

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

Get every course available on JimLillMusic.com, including Chicken Pickin Ultimate, Paisley, Theory, Chords, and more. Leave no stone unturned, fill all of the gaps in your musical knowledge and strengthen your playing from every angle.

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

Pedal Steel

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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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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

Get every course available on JimLillMusic.com, including Chicken Pickin Ultimate, Paisley, Theory, Chords, and more. Leave no stone unturned, fill all of the gaps in your musical knowledge and strengthen your playing from every angle.

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

Learn Songs

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Jim’s Everything Club

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