Country School: Floyd Cramer Licks

There are two main ingredients to that quintessential country piano sound made famous by pianist Floyd Cramer: a Major Triad (1-3-5) and its Parallel Major Pentatonic Scale (1-2-3-5-6). For a C chord, these are...


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Slow 2-3 Resolution

It is characteristic of country piano to sustain the G (5) during the 2-3 resolution.

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Fast 2-3 Resolution

There is no rule about how long to sustain the suspension. Use your own judgment about what feels right and how it fits the flow of the music.

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Slow 6-5 Resolution

It is characteristic of country piano to sustain the C (1) during the 6-5 resolution.

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Fast 6-5 Resolution

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2-3-1-3 Triplet

Another variation that works well as a pickup in a Waltz rhythm. It should feel unhurried, right in the laid back flow of the music.

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6-5-3-5 Triplet

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