WHAT's NEW With Doug Seven?

Hey GUYS!

The newest video (Legendary Licks of Vince Gill) will be ready to download next week!


Oh, you didn't know about that?


We'll, it's because I've been quietly working on a brand new series of guitar videos...
I'm FINALLY teaching some of the MOST important material in my entire life. (the stuff that started it ALL)

There are about 10 major influences that have transformed ME and my playing in the last 15 years.

I am going to TOTALLY dissect and break down these heroes, the licks and methods that took me YEARS to learn.
This is good stuff!

More on this in a few days... I'm always open to suggestions.

LET ME KNOW some of your heroes and players you would like to see videos on!
Leave your comments below!!!


Just wanted to give you a heads up!
ENJOY your day and talk soon,
Doug

187 comments:

  1. One of the VERY FIRST "heroes" of mine was Vince Gill! He STILL is today...

    That's why he's the FIRST VIDEO in this series.

    Let me know YOURS!!
    ~Doug

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  2. Brent Mason for sure! He's probably my fave of the country style players.

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  3. Great idea Doug...maybe you can begin a "star" series starting with Vince Gil.
    Sincerely,
    Menachem

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  4. Jimmy Bryant, Hank Garland.

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  5. Hey Doug,
    Thanks for the e-mail,if you didn't know by now all your heroes are mine too.Keep up the great work that you've been doing and I wish that you would go into a little more detail about ghost notes and the difference between them and muted notes or are they the same.Thanks.

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  6. Hey Doug!! I just downloaded my Volume 4 video. WOW brother..my fingers hurt already!!! As far as heroes..there are so many, but I have always liked Jimmy Olander from Diamond Rio.Keep 'em coming my friend!!!

    Dave Rogers
    Strawberry Plains, TN.

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  7. What about Roy Nickels?

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  8. I agree with Dave- Jimmy Olander would be a good one to do a video on. Also, how 'bout Redd Volkaert?!

    Ben Mckinney

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  9. Vince Gill of course! I remember taking an old video I was learning from; the author was teaching Liza Jane. Great solo. Brent Mason is my number one, but I've always liked Ricky Skaggs, especially in Highway 40 Blues. Albert Lee, who might actually be the guitar player in all Ricky's recordings for all I know, is amazing. I loved his acoustic solo (if it was him) in Those Memories of You sung by Dolly, Emmylou and Linda.

    One song I would love to learn is Next Thing Smokin' by Joe Diffie. I think Brent played the solo, but it really is smokin', and way to fast for me unless I'm missing the trick. The way I figure it I need about ten years practice.

    Scott

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  10. Vince Gill to me is a very underated picker. I do believe I read one time that he wanted to do an all instrumental album, but they wouldn't let him 'cause they said it is the singers that sells and makes the big bucks, not the pickers. Sad but true. Not many of us walk around humming the Venture tunes such as pipeline do we?
    Doug, love your playing, style, good natureness and communications. I do wish you would add left hand fingering to your tabs, so we could be more accurate and maybe not get our fingers tangled up so easily ?! ha-ha Thanks for all you do Doug.
    Hooty

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  11. Thank you so much for sharing your talent. It is more then appreciated. I am a teacher and at this time winding down for the summer vacation. I will have more time soon to review and comprehend some of the stuff that you have sent me. I am especially interested in anything that might be used in country that is Jazz. Comping .... pent licks etc. Thanks again ...

    Mike

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  12. Hi Doug,
    I have always been a rythum player I concentrated more on singing than being a hot player. About two yrs ago I decided I wanted to be a stronger player I never had a guitar hero persay just singing heros. Then I went to see Keith Urban that did it for me. Now I'm all consumed with guitars. I have bought & sold & traded so many finding the ones that felt right for me. I now have two a Gibson LP jr. and a Tele built by Kelton Swade he's a great guy I have seen you on his site. I have improved so much over the last yr. I play every day but I want to be so much better. I want to be able to play leads spontainiously without having to work them out before hand. I'm not as much a fan of Paisley's style and the chicken pickin as I am Urbans style or John Mayers I've gotten into his stuff lately. I have studied many players via YouTube but Urban would be my favortie. I like that fact that everything Urban plays seems melodic fast or slow he doesn't seem to over play. The notes fit it's not as if he try's to put every note he knows in every song.

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  13. I'm with Ben... Redd Volkaert is such a great unique player... and with so much humor in his playing!! Love it........

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  14. Don Rich would be nice too breakdown

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  15. Country:
    Jerry Reed, Albert Lee, Brad P.

    Blues:
    Albert Collins

    Rock/Blues:
    Billy Gibbons

    Jazz/Blues:
    Larry Carlton

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  16. Appreciate all the stuff that you put out for guys like us. If it weren't for you, I don't know where I would be able to learn the awesome material that you teach! One of my major influences would be Brad Paisley. That guy has got it goin' on, to say the least. I know you did review some of his stuff in Volume 4 (which I can't wait to get), but if you ever do a study on his technique, I will be one of the first in line!

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  17. Doug,

    I felt an immediate connection with the way you are teaching and feel that I can learn what you are showing us all. I found out about you from a friend and former guitar teacher Shane Johnson.

    I am looking forward to the arrival of the DVDs that I bought from your site.

    Guitar player favorites:
    Larry Carlton, Robben Ford, Pat Metheny, Duane Allman, Carlos Santan, Vince Gill. And some local favorites Shane Johnson, Rob Ankum, and Bob Pace.

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  18. this seems to be an awesome idea, taking the thinking behind the links of these monster guitar players....

    my picks would be, Brent Mason, Brad Paisley, Jerry Donahue, Glen Campbell, Jerry Reed, Stevie Warner, and Albert Lee oh and Vince Gill.

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  19. Jack Pearson. Game over.

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  20. ***Danny Gatton*****, Brent mason, Ricky skaggs, Jerry reed, paisley ,Jimmy Bryant, back to Danny Gatton also love Arlen Roth .

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  21. Hey Doug, what about videos on some of those famous session musos who started it all but everyone has forgotten about. Guitarists like "Grady Martin" "Hank Garland" and "Harold Bradley" to name a few. Take us back to the roots of country and give us a bit of history as you teach us. Do some early accustic stuff for fun too, like the lead in Jimmy Rodgers "Mule Skinner Blues" give us variety Doug and we will love you even more.

    Cheers, from mark Hunter.

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  22. Yea, thanks mate, keep em comin

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  23. I lived near Albert Lee and played bass in a local country band...and around 1973/4 just before he moved to the states ...he used to play on most of our gigs!...i learnt a lot from him but,but in 35 odd years of trying? i still cant get that machine gun clarity that he seems to find easy!!!....however!...i've discovered one of the secrets in youre first dvd!!!...and when the FULL set arrives?...i shall study it with with a microscope?...if i can play the intro to Country boy at full speed???...before august 10th 2010 my 63rd.birthday?...I'll send you a video of it....thanx for sharing youre knowledge dave London UK.

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  24. Kevin Lamb says -
    One only need listen to the solo in "Oklahama
    Borderline" (and there is a great YouTube video of it "Live") to see that Gill was doing most everything on stage that Paisley is doing now. Using Gill as the starter in the series is a very strong idea.

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  25. Hey Doug, would like to get some acoustic finger style I guess - you know, James Taylor and Paul Simon

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  26. James Burton!!

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  27. Thank you for your contributions to the guitar world !Even tho I 'm 82 yr old , I still enjoy my axe . Course I play stuff you young guys never heard of ( and probably don't want to ) ! haha !
    If I would have had access to a guy like you and a computer 30 yr ago I could have been a "real " guitar player !Keep up the good work !
    I wish you all the luck in the world !!!!!
    beejay

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  28. Wow!!!! you are awesome to watch and thanks for sharing it with us.My wife and I just love it.We are old rock and rollers but we loved the new wave country players and you are rated as one of the best,in our eyes.Keep on jamming and we will too man Jim and Stephie in Canada

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  29. Doug
    What about one the greatest player that lives JIMMY PAGE . The guy is awsome and I heard that alot of what he did bak then was not to play the root note in a cord cause the bass was already playing it. I don't know is it fact or fictionbut his lead breaks live on forever.
    Tommy D.

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  30. Hi Doug, Sure started something here ,didn't you!! I loved Les Paul, Jimmy Bryant, Nokie Edwards and Hank Marvin. These guys were all great stylist that have really contributed so much to guitar. I am now 65 and still search for their work. Thanks, Johnny

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  31. Doug, this is/was a great idea. I think this really shows how much you listen to your customers and fans.

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  32. Hello: I enjoy your work and like getting you emails. Since I've been a small part of your fan base, I have picked up a lot from you... tips on gear and more licks than I can remember. That is why I keep you on my speed dial (so to speak) Thank you, Lief.

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  33. The very first time I heard Vince Gill's voice with Pure Prarie League I knew he had something special. When I found out he was playing the lead guitar, I was hooked. I've bought every thing he's put out since. This training material will be a welcome addition. Thanks Doug.

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  34. Don Rich was a phenomenal guitar player. Yes, he was primarily a tele player, and he was country. What most folks don't know about Don was his background in classical. He had years of lessons on the violin and was a true "music major". His love of all music was his inspiration for trying different approaches and styles on the 'Tele' His early death deprived the music world of his potential greatness.
    Don's licks and riffs can be heard on most if not all of recordings by Buck Owens.

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  35. Hi Doug Thanks A LOT
    I hope you include Liza Jane in your Vince Gill series been trying to learn that one for years!!!

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  36. Vince is proably my favorite along with Steve Warner- I want to be one of the first to buy Vince! make it simple for guys like me! Thanks for all you have done Doug! Be Blessed-Rick

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  37. I love all you cover, you have raised the bar for all guitarists,being English how about Ray Flacke

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  38. Some of mine are Vince Gill, Brent Mason, Kelly Back, and of course Doug Seven, I like to know or have CDs that have the whole band playing, and then me play the lead to the whats being played, my special intrest is country Gospel with a country guitar lead. Not just piano music but people like Bruce Haynes, Ken Holloway,Del Way, Lisa Daggs and on i could go.

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  39. Hi Doug,
    Thanks for all you do in showing us the secrets. My first thought was the same as the anonymous; Don Rich!

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  40. I am so impressed with the work and personality of Doug Seven. He is a breathe of fresh air in the guitar playing community. Most guitarists that I have encountered (and I've been playing a long long time) have an ego big enough for it's own zip code! The only other guitarist whom I witnessed with such a humble spirit was Stevie Ray Vaughn. You could find Stevie sitting on the edge of the stage after his gigs placing his guitar in guys hands and showing them his licks! On a call in radio show in Raleigh N.C. a brand new guitar player asked Stevie for a single piece of advice as he begun his playing career. After a solid minute of dead air (Stevie took the young man's question seriously) Stevie told him to just play what was in his heart. Now at first glance that may not seem like much to some folk, but that was a wise hunk of a golden nugget. Life is short. Art is long. Doug Seven is the first guitarist to come along since Stevie Ray with the humble yet giving spirit of a truly great guitar player. I think both players discovered that sharing their knowledge, giving so much of it away, kept/keeps their own playing fresh and flowing. We will all do well to follow their example as we learn to become better players. Hats off to you Doug! Jimmy Ellis Salisbury N.C.

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  41. hi doug could you try out some roy nichols licks for us from merle haggards strangers
    cant wait for the vince gill video
    keep em coming keep it country
    thanks again jim

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  42. Doug, how about trying Jack Pearson? I'm also with some of the other guys as far as Brent Mason. Vince Gill is one of the underated, so hat's off to you for profiling him.
    Jim

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  43. And then there's Jerry Reed! There's a video on YouTube of him playing a tune called Lightning Rod that blew my mind!

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  44. Thanks for the e mail. I'll make my answer short ... Albert Lee and Danny Gatton

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  45. I think some Traditional stuff like Buck Owens/ Don Rich, Roy Nichols and some Pete Anderson stuff would be nice.

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  46. IT'S ALL GOOD, I LOVE BRENT MASON ON THE ALLEN JACKSON STUFF.

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  47. eeewww Jimmy Bryant.. Great suggestion! can you hang with Jimmy Doug?

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  48. How about a little John 5? Interesting combination of influences, including Buck Owens, in that guy.

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  49. I have been a hard/metal rock player my whole life, and the 1st country guy to spark my interest was Pete Anderson!
    So tasty and quick and cool!
    I'd love to see his stuff!

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  50. Doug,

    I've been playing the guitar for nearly fifty years, so I recognize talent, and you play pretty well. But, have you ever thought of using your little finger????? I have four fingers on my left and AND a thumb and I use them all. Try it sometime, it may surprise you.

    Walter.

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  51. loved vince's guitar style and work for ages but ive never heard anybody play like hughie thomasson from his outlaws days id love to see you do some of his country/rock licks n runs

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  52. can't wait. Your videos are fantastic and so is Vince Gill style pickin'.

    Ply

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  53. thanks for the shout out doug,
    im with you vince gil is one of the greats I cant wait.
    Ive been busy recording and writing but Im still practicing the country licks from your videos and getting better at the country thing keep them coming thanks for being an influence a mentor and an inspiration you are top shelf in my book
    Lorne

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  54. Please Doug ,B' Bender lessons for beginners.
    There are so many guys trying the master this very different guitar .
    By the way ,you never tell us what type of strings that suits your style,are they very light or medium ?
    Thanks for all of your hard work.........
    Peter in the Isle of Man .U.K.(Starter country guitarist)

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  55. How about some Johnny Hiland's "Truck Drivin Man" or all of it. Bill Kirchen also comes to mind. And I noticed a little Stevie Ray Vaughn in Sol Philcox's style. But your the man, keep on keepin on, Doug, my friend and mentor

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  56. James Burton,
    Telecastor Guitar God. He has made history with his Tele.

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  57. Brad Paisely, Brent Mason, Forrest Lee JR. Johnny Hilland, I also like the style of the guy that plays with Diamond Rio. I believe his last name is Olander.

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  58. Great Idea, Vince Gil, and a " Stars series" specially Johhny Hilland.

    Will

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  59. Cant wait for the Vince Gill series.

    How about some Ricky Skaggs - Country Boy & Eric Johns - Cliffs of Dover

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  60. hi Doug
    i like very much the way you play
    my hero was Larry Corryell ,long time ago ,playing "guitar elementary solo "
    thanks for your share
    Henri
    best regards from Issy les Moulineaux France

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  61. Butch HutchinsonJune 12, 2010 at 7:43 AM

    some Vince Gil would be Nice, I like Ray Flacke also, some of his style pickin.... Doug you have done so much for Country pickers and all Giutarist your name will also live on with us all.

    Thank You

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  62. Hey Doug, Thanks for your amazing gift of guitar lessons. This helps players young and old..I never had internet and that kind of stuff growing up so I had to do it the old way playing by ear.. I think this is also important for guitar players as well but the vids are a big help to players.. I have been playin for 25 years now and would like to hear some old licks like bucannon,benson,mason,gatton,lee,page.. of course with a modern twist as well..lol..you are a great player Doug and your lessons are worth every penny..You are giving away important info..take good care..Hammerfoot

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  63. Not much out there on Jerry Reed

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  64. Steve Wariner and Brent Mason

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  65. Vince Gill is a great start. I would say Danny Gatton, but he was so good, I couldn't accomplish much of his stuff. Others: Roy Buchannon, Tom Principato, James Burton, Big Redd V, and Steve Cropper.

    Lefty Bill in Philly

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  66. Hey doug, I like all the players the previous posters mentioned. I also would like to see more about string benders from a beginners perspective. I have a hip shot B&G bender instead of the strap button B bender, but the end result is pretty much the same.
    Keep up the great work and I'll probably pick up one of these new vids on the beginning level.
    Andy

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  67. I like Mr. Chet Atkins enough to want to learn some of his techniques and there are many, many. I guess it's a different generation of players out here coming up now, but if you haven't done so, do yourself the service of picking up any of the country gentleman's albums and be amazed at the wealth of great guitar music contained therein. Vince Gil is a great player and love his playing so I'm sure Doug's take on it will be rewarding to learn from.

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  68. Understated, under rated. Vince Gill is one of the smoothest "chickenpickin" style players I've ever seen. His tone is legendary. You can hear blues roots in most of the chops that he does, but make no mistake, he's Country. Absolute effortless delivery. This guys just about as good as it gets! Can't wait to see it!

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  69. Johnny Hiland and the legendary guitarists James Burton and Scotty Moore should be on the list. Let's also not forget the late Mike Bloomfield.

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  70. Doug I haven't seen it yet. Sorry.

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  71. I would love to see some of merle haggards stuff or waylon and willie.The vince gill stuff is awsome also.

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  72. Thanks for starting with Vince. He's truly my idea of a triple threat: singer, songwriter, picker. Though known mostly for singing, I've always thought his real strengths were pickin' & songwriting. I'm loving your new project & can't think of a better artist to start with. My suggestion would be to follow him with Keith Urban - another underrated picker. These are the best kinds of pickers because they have found a way to be awesome without overplaying.

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  73. Paisley, Paisley, Paisley - Songs with soul and songs with sillyness!

    He's the most creative picker out there!

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  74. Reggie Young made a great contribution to some of Merle Haggard’s signature sound along with many other artists.
    You know Doug to learn a lick or run is great and adds to anyone’s arsenal of chops and tools but if you could explain WHY, or point out, a two or three note movement works to make the “sound” that would be very helpful. For example over the years I have noticed a lot of Merle Haggard’s lead lines or even melody lines don’t always resolve on the 1 of a chord. More times than not Merle’s sound is a result of resolving on the 5 or the 3 of the chord.
    Just a thought…………
    Mike

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  75. my favorite players jerry reed, pete anderson,Marty Staurt,danny gatton, the hellcasters, vince gill, dire straits, alan jacksons lead guy, merle haggard, I have been playing for 33 years. I have switched from hard rock to country,classical,and now focusing on jazz because I got so tired of hearing guys shred in the eighties,I'd like to see them play that fast without distortion. if i had to pick a favorite rock player it would be randy rhoads.I have been playing country for the last 16 because nothing comes close to a fast clean guitar player.

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  76. Vince Gill,Roy Nichols,Dave Gilmore, Chet& Jerry Reed just a short list of pickers that I like.

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  77. Doug,

    Thanks for your excellent lessons and clear explanation. I like the style of James Burton, Brent Mason, Danny Gatton and Vince Gill very much.

    Regards,
    Jan

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  78. Hey Doug ,
    I am going with Mason and Paisley. These guys are amazing. Also, we must not forget the late and great Danny G. Another Amazing guitarist.

    Also, I sent you an email about your DVD's. Please get back to me when you have an opportunity. Thanks, Jason

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  79. Doug,I think I read every one of the posts on here,and I am amazed no-one even mentioned Chet Atkins or Mark Knopfler,two of my biggest guitar heros..Would Love to see more playing styles come out of guitarists in there kind of style of playing instead of a flurry handful of notes that young players throw out there to impress people with,that have no feel to the music..Chet and Mark both play with so much feeling and very melodic players,love to see a whole dvd on there style..

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  80. Brad Brad Brad!

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  81. Scotty Anderson is a monster player and a guy named Tommy Crook from Tulsa.

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  82. Hi Doug,
    Love your wonderful stuff.
    Anything at all about Grady Martin?
    My very first, and still the biggest, influence. Absolutely sent by the beautiful playing on the old Marty Robbins cowboy songs and still am. Is that him playing on 'Just like all the other times' as well ?
    Even when I was playing the blues in the sixties and seventies and trying to copy Albert King, Otish Rush and all the others, Grady Martin was still my favourite.
    Best wishes and keep it all coming,
    Jack

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  83. Hey Doug, I can't wait, I think you are on the right track breaking down some of the licks that these famous players do that seem almost impossible to me. I'll buy every one. Let me know as soon as they are ready. Thanks so much Tom Boise

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  84. Lu Cachie
    www.mar-kz.com

    there are a ton of great guitar players to many to list but if I had to make a top 10 list DOUG SEVEN IS IN !!!
    but for a video how about on song writing

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  85. We are taking about very different guitar players here. Some of them are ""predictable"", some are not. Danny Gatton is almost impossible to copy. You can be inspired by Danny but you can't copy him. Lenny Breau is the same. Some are more "triple quote here" easier to copy Albert Lee influenced tons of guitarists like Vince Gill or Johnny Hiland, while both are more predictable than Albert. Django to some extent has been copied by many great players but there is still a huge difference if you listen carefully, he was and remains unique. Some are jazz 'constructed' and some are licks constructed, some are lucky they have both like Brent.
    Some people will tell you that even some world class players like Carlton or Ford (even if he played with Miles Davis) cannot just play bebop. To me there is nothing wrong with it. I don't know a guitar player who can master all styles (classical, flamenco, country, jazz...). So to make this not too long, My list is Django, Wes Montgomery, Albert Lee, Chet. These are players who have been copied by the next list, Birelli Lagrene, Benson, Steve Wariner...
    Doug I have purchased all your videos to support you and to learn. I love that not only you show great things on the guitar, but you also convey a great spirit.
    If I had a suggestion, don't do videos for people who already have made their own videos. Albert, Brent (even on Band in a Box) and a few others have released their methods. If that is in the scope of what you want to do, I would love to see a video on Monte Montgomery, he is very unique.

    Never the less I am looking forward for the Vince Gill video.

    Just a piece of info for you guys. Have a look at Roni's music latest software (PC and Mac). It is called Ultimate DVD player. You can slow video and synchronized audio down to 25% so you can pick almost everything of these fast blowing players.

    It is here : http://www.ronimusic.com/

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  86. Love Vince Gill also would like to know some beatle licks if possible...Really enjoy your videos am learning a lot from them
    Regards
    Gerald Myers

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  87. Just stay true to your heart

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  88. Well some of my all time favorites are James Burton, Albert Lee, Roy Nichols, Don Rich, Jimmy Bryant. Newer guys (only around 20 years or so) like Vince Gill, Pete Anderson,Brad Paisley, etc. are great too. Doug, you are obviously a great player to be able to play all these different player's stuff. But another great Tele player, just down the road from us in Columbus is the great player Scotty Anderson from Cincinnati area. He truly is a phenomenal Tele player.

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  89. Vince Gill has always been one of my favorites I do a lot of his songs including leads. Let me know when its ready.

    Rockinron

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  90. Not much to add, it's all been said but I was always partial to Buster B Jones. He had a special way of looking at all things musical!

    Rod Taylor, Denver

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  91. Doug, you picked a great one to start with. Vince has been one of my inspirations not only for his licks, but his tone is incredible. After looking over the comments you've received thus far, about the only one I haven't seen is Kelly Back. Kelly is a Nashville studio guy that I've worked with on different occasions in time past and was included on the album "Nashville Guitars" with his tune "Kelecaster". Kelly has mostly played on Gospel sessions including most of the Gaither Vocal Band's projects in the last 10-15 years. If you haven't heard Kelly, check out iTunes for Kelecaster, I think you'll like it. My personal influences are Vince Gill,Kelly Back, Jerry Reed, Jimmy Olander, Ray Flacke, Tom Scholz and a guy from Ohio named Doug....look in the mirror and you'll see him. ;)

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  92. Hey, Doug

    Great idea, and alot of great suggestions already. Not sure who yoru 10 are, the only other name I can think of I haven't seen here is Clarence White. I'd love for ya to tackle some of his electric stuff from his last days with the Byrds!
    Keep up the great work!
    Mike in Mass

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  93. Hi Doug! One of the guitar players I admire or marvel at the most, from a pure technical mastery of the instrument perspective, is Scotty Anderson. I'm not sure anyone but Scotty could pull off a video on him :-) The one video I have of him is quite advanced and his predominate style is not one that I'm currently working on. However, like many of the other posters noted, Vince Gill would be a great guitarist to feature...I enjoy playing some of his material now like Liza Jane.
    I want to thank you for all you've done to help us aspiring guitarists become better and especially for your open and laid back relational/teaching style! Keep up the great work!

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  94. Don't know why but I'm just getting this e-mail today (June 12). Anyway, all the suggestions above have been great. I'm also a steel player and a few years ago I was in St. Louis for Scotty Moore's annual steel guitar convention. John Huey, Vince's steel player, was being inducted into the Steel Guitar Hall of Fame. Vince was there as a surprise to do the honors. I overheard some guy say "Who's Vince Gill?" and I wondered what rock this guy had been living under for the last 20 years.

    Dennis Wenner
    Riverton, Wyoming

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  95. Doug,
    Not mainstream country but there is the great one: Mark Knopfler.

    Also Jackson Browne's lead guitarist, Mark Goldenberg.

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  96. Vince Gill would be a great one to do.....looking forward to it. Thanks Doug

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  97. The Vince Gill Will Be AWESOME!!!! What about Roy Nichols and Redd Volkaert?

    Thanks so much Doug!!! dcb88

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  98. Hey Doug! My friend Steve Hennig got a phone call from Ray Flacke in Nashville the other day when I was at Steve's house. Ray's needing work badly right now, so maybe if you did a video on him, it would help him out somehow. I've always liked Ray's playing a lot.
    Steve Hennig is my best friend, and Doug, he has the ULTIMATE bender guitars - he has three, one of which was built for Albert Lee, who returned it saying it was just TOO MUCH FOR HIM! It has a six-pedal board that attaches aircraft cables via a machined-aluminum block that locks onto the rear end of the guitar. Thus, he can raise or lower all six strings to his preference. His low-E string can drop to a LOW A! Then he plays all this incredibly fast jazz-improv over the top of the bass line. He's an incredible player, he's musical director for the San Antonio Rose Opry Theatre in S.A., E.J. is HIS best friend, he's played with Johnny Rodriguez, Gary Stewart, etc., and his right-hand technique is like none I've ever seen. He doesn't use a pick, but uses his thumb and index finger in-opposition to each other on each string, so it gives him speed that's in the J. Bryant category!
    Steve's got a video coming out of him playing "Amazing Grace" on his pedal-guitar. As soon as it's ready, I'll e-mail it to you. Then you can owe me one! Tell Austin Uncle Carl loves him, down in Texas.

    See ya, Carl B.

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  99. Well Vince Gill is of course one of the big ones in country music with his guitar playing I must. I can only see postive vibs with his inclusion on your site. Looking at the names of all the pickers here shows that they are all appreciated. I admire so many of them, and there are alot not mentioned. I've been around many, many years. But I must say your site is fab. Here in Sweden your lessons turn out too expensive what with extra 25% tax plus custom duties, so I'll just have to be satisfied with what I can get. Keep up the good work.

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  100. I'd LOVE to see one on Brian Setzer's Rock-a-billy :-)

    David S in Mobile, Al

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  101. Hi Doug!

    Thank's a lot for your greats guitar lessons, your inspiration and your generosity! Your a great guitar player and a great teacher too!

    For my guitar heroes (I'm a rocker!): Steve Lukather, Nuno Bettencourt, Zakk Wylde, Kee Marcello, Steve Hill, Steve Morse,Doug Aldrich, Joe Satriani, Vito Bratta, Albert Lee, it's all awesome!

    Mike

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  102. One of the greatest unsung guitar heroes of all time was the late Thumbs Carlisle.The albums he did never did him any justice. If you can find some club tapes of him doing jazz, funk, big band swing/country you'll probably go away talking to yourself for days! I sure did. I have some recordings of him solo that are priceless. Throw in some of Redd's licks, Redd all ways pays respect in his playing to the masters that came before him.

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  103. Yeah Doug, you're right, Vince is the one and I really admire that guy as one of the great musicians/guitar players of our time (though I prefer the music of his early years)!
    But what really leaves me stunning ist the easyness of brad paisley's kind of playing!
    btw: thanks 4 the gr8 job you do! I'm you fan!

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  104. Awesome
    I'm new to the whole chicken picken thing but love it . Your videos have even improved my blues and southern rock licks . I've been picking up allot of Allen Jacksons stuff lately . I don't know who his guitarist is but I love his style and I fall right into his kicks.
    Thanks loads my friend .
    Cage

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  105. I like most of the above, How about Arlen Roth for string bending, Amos Garret & Clarence White

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  106. Vince Gill is a wonderful choice. I also love Clarence White.

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  107. How about some Roy Nichols, Legendary guitarist of the Merle Haggard band. He was one-of-a-kind.

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  108. Brent Mason and Brad Paisley

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  109. Haven't seen anyone mention Marty Stuart. I saw him playing in Johnny Cashes band on Austin City Limits when I was about 12, that's the first time I said I wanna do that. Now I'm 40, and I still wanna do that.

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  110. Doug, I am really looking forward to hearing and seeing your Vince Gill video. I love his playing. It seems a little more "main stream" than your usual approach. Vince's licks are always tasty and well placed but he seems to do less chicken picken and crazy chromatic stuff than you do. Looking forward to seeing what you've come up with!

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  111. I think Neal Schon is WAY under-rated...think of all the licks/solos from Journey and prior with Santana! Not country, but if mastery is a goal then genre doesn't matter as much as intervals that sound good and stand the test of time!

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  112. How about getting Vince Gill to do the actual video? Seriously Though if you can do a video on Redd Volkaert and Break it down to where one can learn his style then you can count me in.His insructional video was nothing but a few licks and had nothing to do with his style,Yea I'm ranting,I just need more content and less filler.

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  113. Looking forward to the Vince Gill download. I have been playing for about 2 years now, thanks Doug for the great lessons. I am definitely interested in Vince Gill, Ray Flacke, Jimmy Olander, Dann Huff & Peter Anderson.

    Thanks Again
    -Jim

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  114. Gerry McGee is the best of the best.

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  115. doug you are my favorite chicken picker but i love brad paisley's sound..the tone he gets is great.i really think its cause or the RC booster..the added bottom and high works for me man..choice of notes and phrasing are the key..your solos flow with beautiful grace my friend

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  116. Hi Doug - Going in another direction of yours, I was impressed with that slow blues video you posted a while ago. Especially I thought the way you wove chords into the single note lines was really well done, both the chords selected and the way you did it. Maybe who you got the deep blues sense and style from would be well worth a video lesson.

    I give a hearty second to the Jerry Reed mention above as worth a DVD on its own.

    Chicago Tom.

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  117. Arlen Roth is one of the best Doug and Vince Gill would be great and that crazy doug Seven ha ha ha Steve in New Brunswick Canada

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  118. You know I would love to see some lessons for slide. Steel pedal guitars are in a lot of blues/country music.

    It also be awsome if you covered some things by Johnny Hiland and Sonny Landereth

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  119. Hey Doug:

    Definitely Brent Mason. He pretty much defines (and invented) modern country guitar.

    The thing I like about him is his ability to exhibit really great chops while still being very musical. When I listen to songs like Chattahoochee or Little Miss Honk Tonk, the guitar hooks are just as memorable as the vocals.

    Although he has a licks video (I own it), it's just licks. It doesn't explain his approach to country guitar, how one might solo over a chord progression, or what chord shapes/scales he uses. It also does not show how to replicate some of his most memorable licks/riffs/solos.

    If you could do that sort of video with Brent Mason's stuff as well as other folks like Vince Gill or Brad Paisley, I would by them in a heart beat.

    Although I love Danny Gatton's music (I saw him live a number of times and have several of his cd's), I think it would be very difficult for most folks wanting to learn modern country style to grasp what he's doing, never mind trying to replicate it.

    THX,
    Richard.

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  120. Doug, I enjoy listening to your lesson's even if I'm not using my guitar I still enjoy hearing them. I appreciate everyone of those lead guitarist's mentioned. Vince Gil was the first country guitarist that impressed me, then Ray Flack, Ricky Skagg's. Most of the guitar player's I liked before played rock or blue's. Mike Bloomfield was one of my favorites. When I first found out about your website, that's when I started hearing about all the great guitar player's. I was very impressed with them, because they can play anything, country. blue's, jazz, even rock. I heard some of this guy's play before but I didn't know who they were. I really appreciate you Doug, because you are able to teach us all their skils. Please keep all this knowledge coming. I really like Brad Paisley's style. He sounds like a diesel tractor cutting through everything then he cranks it up and sounds like a nascar race car at full throttle. very unique style. James Burton was very impressive when he played lead for Ricky Nelson. I love Vince Gil's style. Great place to start.God Bless you with His choicest blessings and bless us with your talent's Mel Lovato

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  121. Some of the guys I like are Ray Flack, Vince Gill, Brent Mason, Jerry Donahue, Arlen Roth, Steve Morse, Guthrie Govan as well as some jazzers like Frank Gambale and Scott Henderson, Brett Garsed, just to name a few.

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  122. Hi Doug, Thanks for all your help. The new series sound great. I like the Classic Country, Buck Owens with Don Rich, Dwight Yoakam with Pete Anderson, Merle Haggard with Roy Nichols.

    Louisiana,
    Peter

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  123. Hi Doug,
    Vince Gill is one of my very favorites, smooth and clear. Riffs that touch the soul. can't wait to see what's coming. Brent Mason is also one of my favorites. I really like riffs that are pretty, but they don't have to be fast. Thanks Doug

    Ken
    Kentucky

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  124. Love the Vince Gill -- Gotta love the Vinny. Coolest part of him are the "tones" I hear him use. Great picker for sure, but the sound he has, man, -- can't seem to get it. Lookin' forward to this video. One name for sure is Steve Wariner. Another just awesome, versatile picker. Style all his own, too. Brent Mason, ROCKS. Paisley for sure. Of course, another idea is a specific song (since Brent probably did it anyway). Heck, a lot of songs have cool stuff that would translate elsewhere. Just a thought . . .

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  125. Hi Doug. Thanks for the heads up. You and Vice Gill are awsome guitar pickers, way beond my catagory.I drive truck for a living so i do not get much time to play. But i really enjoy watching you give'er on guitar.Thanks again and keep on with the awsome guitar playing. Eric.

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  126. i always enjoyed jery reed, chet adkins, and ricky skaggs guitar player on highway 40 blues,of course brent mason.. God bless

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  127. Doug:

    Just A repeat of some of the entries above - Vince Gill, absolutely. Also, James Burton, Ricky Skaggs, Scotty Moore. Keep up the good work, man, you're doing A great job!!!

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  128. Vince Gill is in my opinion, the best vocalist and guitarist out there by far,period. however the style of early Jim Messina was awesome. Check out on youtube David Hartly w/ John Stannard. I think you will agree, outstanding.
    Ron

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  129. There are so many to choose from...Mason, Paisley, Gill, Urban...on and on and...But I am like the writer who said to go back to like Grady Martin and some of the early ones, with there soft and melodic "echoplex" enhanced riffs. And Doug, not a negative by any means, but slow it down for some of use older, and younger "slower" guys!

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  130. Make a DVD of country "fill-in-licks".

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  131. I DO A LOT OF CHET ATKINS STYLE..I WOULDNT MIND
    SEEING YOU TACKLE SOME OF HIS STRING STUFF..

    LATER BUD

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  132. Hi Doug
    I love the playing of Tony Rice and in the rock arena Peter Frampton and Mark Knoffler.
    Keep up the great work mate, you're incredible, thanks for all that you do for us lot out here who in all truth, one day, want to be able to play like you.
    Gazza

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  133. Vol.2(Brent Mason),Vol.3 (Brad Paisley) and Vol.4 (Redd Volkaert)

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  134. watch keith urban doing devil went down to georgia on u-tube or check out his early work with the ranch. best country rock picker ever.

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  135. My first guitar "hero" was John Fogerty, somehow still is, but today it's Doug and Brent! ;-)

    Best always
    Kim

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  136. Brad Paisely,Johnny Hilland definitely Brent Mason. Keep up the good work.

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  137. The country style is very new for me. But yet, i appreciate these guys: Brent Mason, Chet Atkins and Brad Paisley. Thank you Doug and god bless you. Pierre.

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  138. Clarence White would be a good one to cover.

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  139. Hi Doug, thanks again for all your efforts. I have many favorite guitar players if that makes any sense at all. I particularly love Albert Lee, Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, Brian Setzer.
    God bless you Doug.

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  140. Hi Doug, i live in the UK and been playing guitar for about 35 years and started to get into Chickin Pickin when i first saw you play on YouTube a couple of years ago and was completely blown away by your style and lush phrasing. I then looked up all well known chick pickers which i have never heard of, like, Mason,Gill and so on. They to blew me away and decided i had to learn this style and i will say i am progressing quite well.

    I would be quite happy to hear and learn more of your stlye and how you approach songwriting, like, what comes first, a melody all chord progressions?

    You have inspired me so much and look forward to what you come up with next.

    Cheers
    Phil

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  141. Hey Doug !
    I have most of your Videos ! There great'
    Ive played for thirty years ' And vince gill is one of the guitar players ive looked up too.
    Oklahoma Boarderline ' And high lonesome sound'
    Liza jane' Are my favorite's, Jerry Reed ' Jim Stafford and Mark knopfler have some great licks that would be fun to learn.
    Keep the videos coming, Your doing a great job,

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  142. I think my fav's have been listed- Jimmy Oelander, Vince, Brent Mason and that bad !@#$ guy from Alan Jackson... Keep up the great work Doug

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  143. Hey Doug,How are you today?great I hope.I have been real busy working on my patriot blog's and little time for other thing's. But I am alway's happy to to here from you on your project's.Your latest is great. Doug.I love the attact that the late Albert Collins effect's on his tele,also I like Bret Mason,Brad Paisly,Mark Knoff? The late Gearge Harrison,Chet Atkins,Vince Gill.Steffan Shackinger. And many other's that are not widely known.Oh yea,I almost forgot. ME.
    I will check back with you later.Billy.

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  144. Both these Ray Flacke rides in this song have to be some of the BADDEST EVER!!! Tex
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPYxj3QBkIs

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  145. Two favorites not mentioned: ROY LANHAM & EARL HOOKER. Plus contemporary telemaster KENNY JOHNSON of the Fabulous Superlatives!

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  146. Ilike Vince Gill but i like Dough Seven picking better also like Mitch Stalling, I would like if you guys put out some tabs, tell Mitch to put tabs out to Country Blues, Thank You and keep up the Great picking.

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  147. For fingerstyle and rock. Ever heard of Phil Keaggy?

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  148. Doug, Just keep them coming. I like learning all the styles from the greats. Ive been playing for 22 years now and feel that Im just now taking off. Ive ordered all your videos and have learned soo much from them. I really like the jazz things you just did. Its fun to incorporate it into my playing style. I got Burp Rag down FINALLY!!! Thanks, Gary J

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  149. hey Doug,im lookin foward to the Vince Gill video,hes one smooth picker,its gonna take me a long time to get volumes 3 and 4 down,but it sure is fun training my fingers to work together

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  150. Hi Doug, my name is Ken. I have been watching and buying your videos. Funnything tho, I am 66 years of age and my mind is slow connecting to my fingers, So it takes a little longer for me to get it down. You are one of the greatest players I have ever seen. The only thing Doug, is you talk to much. lol. but you know that. Just funning with you. I learn from your talking. also. "I will endevor to pursue" your
    teaching. Show us all the pickers roadmaps.

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  151. Just keep me updated on the Vince Gill video. And any other videos you have coming out.

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  152. Jimmy Olander gets my vote Doug. Thanks for all you do for us pickers.

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  153. hey Doug tanx for your inspiring videos, i really feel like a brand new guitar player.. and i have just discover another inspiring guitar hero today.,, lets not forget Danny Gaton.

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  154. Phill From Down UnderJune 13, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    sounds great.looking forward to this.
    the level i'm at (very newbie) my favourite hero is !!!! DOUG SEVEN.!!!!.

    Thanks for all so far---Phill

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  155. Only a few have mentioned Glen Campbell and I have to agree with those few that Glen should be included. He is truly an awesome picker. Ray Benson from Asleep at The Wheel should be considered also.
    Thanks Doug keep up the fantastic work.

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  156. KENNY VAUGHAN of the Fabulous Superlatives and don't forget his "boss" Marty Stuart. And if you have never heard of ROY LANHAM...check youtube.

    ROY LANHAM's 1961 classic LP "The Most Exciting Guitar" on Dalton (The Ventures label!) needs to be released on CD! Country meets Pop Standards performed by a trio featuring Roy & his brand new Fender Jazzmaster with flat wound strings!

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  157. I am looking forward to this video. I am a true vince Gill guitar fan for sure.Another guitar player I like is John Jorgenson. If you ever decide to put some videos or just anything on this man's playing I would be really delighted. Thanks Doug..Raynie

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  158. Lots of influences and heroes from Fripp to Benson to Nile Rodgers to Lee Ranaldo - however - for a video series I'd LOVE to see something on Johnny Hiland, Mason, Lee, Paisley, or Pete Anderson. The recent tip you gave on the Sol Wilcox videos was a good one too. Thanks for all you do Doug!

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  159. Steve Wariner,Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs

    Thanks Doug

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  160. Jerry Reed and Steve Warner

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  161. Hey Doug, thanks for all your work!!! It really helps us out. I've noticed that B-bender on your guitar and I would love to have a Marty Stuart Lesson. There are no Marty Stuart lessons out there and I would love to dive deep into his playing style.

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  162. Gee Doug, I was hoping you were working on something for the MEMBERS ONLY site for the folks that purchased the Magic of Adding Jazz To Any Guitar Style. Oh well..... Since your asking and i hope this gets read. Roy Buchanan is the guy who took the Tele to knew heights. Go to you tube and see him play Hey Joe.

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  163. Brad Paisley for sure...that combination of country pickin, blues and jazz adds spice to any guitar players arsenal...

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  164. did any one mention Ray Flacke

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  165. Hey Doug, I think that this is a great idea, and look forward to what you uncover from one of my all time favorite players. Thanks for all your help.

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  166. Don't forget JUNIOR BROWN and JOE DALTON.

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  167. Lets not forget the late GREAT Don Rich one of the greatst ever tele masters.

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  168. hey doug i would like to see some steve warner he played with chet for many years i opend for him in clio michigan he is aaaaawsome signed my b-bender and let me play his verry cool guy vince,ray flack ,jerry donahough,jerry reed would be good, funny my dynacomp use to be jerry's

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  169. While not a country player per se, I would like to see more about the Brian Setzer style - jazz/blues/rockabilly. I think you could break down his style very nicely!

    Daryl

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  170. Jerry Reed,Redd Volkhaert,Vince Gill,Brent Mason,Roy Nickels,Brad Paisley,Johnny Hiland,Keith Urban,Zac Brown,James Burton

    Brad Paisley!!!!!!! all hs littl tricks and treats

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  171. Hi Doug, a lot of people think that Eric Clapton has a sloppy style and just wings it but I love that style. I think he should be included for sure. Great idea and keep up the good work. Lee

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  172. I like to see Ray flack James Burton Jr Brown and most of all Doug Seven

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  173. Well I guess it's kindda obvious, but - Chet Atkins...

    Shuki

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  174. Jimmy Bryant would be something special for you to accomplish as his style in the 60's has never been addressed his album The Faster Guitar In The Country" Never heard anyone reproduce those arrangements or play his licks from that era. Check it out. Joe Maphis & Roy Clark are hot too! Anthony (The Wolf)

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  175. George Benson would be very cool. And Robert Cray.

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  176. tands@tonysheila.plus.comJune 17, 2010 at 1:00 PM

    Hi Doug

    Great Idea , I am sure this will be a great hit , I will definately buy some more.

    You are great at The Lessons I have so far , cant wait for the next.

    Reagrds & Thanks Tony

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  177. hey doug. thanks for doing something no one else will do. . if there is time i would like to see some of burton's stuff.

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  178. I love the country guitar and you specialize in it but I've heard you play some blazing blues too. I would love it if you came out with a blues video. Maybe touch on scale choices and chord substitutes along with the riffs. I'm just talking for me but I would definitely buy that video.

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  179. This is probably a bit obscure, but I've always loved Duke Levine's sound and style. Between blues, soul and country. That would be super-cool!

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  180. Doug...I am a Brent Mason fan and always felt he covered everything until the day I heard you and clicked on a video and saw your incredible talent and that you are so unselfish and giving in getting the licks out to everyone...I request to see more original Doug Seven...I will always support you and your enthusiasm to teach the guitar world the things they never thought they could learn...Thanks for all you do.
    Your Friend and Student,
    Ken Jackson

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  181. I would definitely buy a Stevie Ray Vaughan instructional dvd. Think about some other blues greats, too.

    Jenn

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  182. Just got the Vince Gill video and it's great! You break things down really well and ya do just enough explaining! I'm glad that you continue to stick with the concept of explaining the "shapes." That opened up a big fat can of worms for me on an earlier video and really got my playing unstuck in a lot of ways.

    Artists I'd like to see your take on: Albert Lee, Chet Atkins, Mark Knopfler, and maybe one blues/rock collection with some Eric Clapton, some Stevie Ray Vaughan and some Billy Gibbons.

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