Talladega (Eric Church) – Using 2 Rhythm Guitar Parts to Create a Unique Hook

The first time I heard Eric Church’s song, Talladega, on the radio I thought to myself, “wow, what a great acoustic guitar part!” The intro got me hooked immediately and it’s definitely become one of my favorite country songs lately.

Here’s my rendition of the intro

There are 2 acoustic guitar parts playing the same chord progression in different locations on the fretboard. One guitar is playing a very basic strum pattern, while the other is playing the same chords but emphasizing the guitar riff. The song is in Db Major and the intro chords are Gb, Db, Bbm, Ab (IV, I, vi, V).

And here are the parts by themselves.

Making the Most of Your Pedal Board Setup

It took me years to get my pedal board setup up and running.  I’ve never been a “gear head;” it just kept getting put on the back burner. I was the guy showing up to gigs and pulling separate pedals out and plugging everything in manually.  It was just a mess and I knew I needed to get organized.


I think for a lot of guitarists, getting a decent setup is really daunting.  It definitely was for me, so I thought I’d share my setup and my thinking behind it.

Here’s what I use in order of the signal chain.

Rodenberg Gas 827 Overdrive. I got introduced to this pedal through Lee Ritenour. It’s the same OD sound he uses. I like this pedal because it gives you two levels of overdrive plus a clean boost. And has a unique feature called “go” which allows you to engage the only while the button is continually pressed. Once you step off the pedal disengages. Great for quick fills with less pedal pushing.

#ThrowbackThursday – My First Session

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Left to right: Lee Ritenour, Gary Lee, Vinnie Colaiuta, Richard Bona.

This photo was taken at Lee Ritenour’s recording session for his album Smoke ‘n Mirrors @ Sunset Sound in Hollywood January 2003.  The first big session I got to work at.  I spent 4 days printing and taping charts and rubbing shoulders with some of the greatest musicians of our time.  Not a bad first session, right?!  I remember telling my teachers (not asking) that I would be gone for the next days so I could work these sessions.  Pretty much the best reason ever for a young music student to skip class.  And yeah, I still have (and wear) that track jacket.

Left to Right: Lee Ritenour, Gary Lee, Vinnie Colaiuta, Richard Bona.

Make sure to check out Lee Ritenour’s site.  He’s got a new new album in the works you don’t want to miss.