Merle Haggard – Workin’ Man Blues (Country Guitar Lesson)

Howdy. In this people guitar video lesson I’m gonna show you how to play the intro, the guitar solo and the outro of Workin’ Man Blues by Merle Haggard. The guitar solo was played on the original record by the fantastic James Burton. You’ll find the backing track for practicing here: Thanks for watching! Dario
Video Rating: 4 / 5

In this guitar lesson we check out the Harp Harmonic technique, as used by Tommy Emmanuel and Chet Atkins. It sounds awesome on acoustic guitars. In this vid I have my acoustic plugged into a TC electronic G System to add a small delay and reverb, and then it’s through my AER acoustic amplifier.Taught by Justin Sandercoe. Full support at the justinguitar web site where you will find hundreds of lessons on a wide range of subjects, and all the scales and chords that you will ever need! There is a fantastic forum too to get help, no matter what the problem. And it is all really free, no bull. No try out lessons, no memberships, no free ebook. Just tons of fantastic lessons :) To get help with this lesson (and for further info and tabs), find the Lesson ID in the video title (like ST-667 or whatever) and then look it up on the Lesson Index page of Have fun .
Video Rating: 4 / 5


  1. rothjus says:

    this guy is a fantastic teacher, nice guy and is nicely particular about the solos.  Nice to see he’s making sure everything is like the recording.

  2. ColeburnDave says:

    You are one of the cleanest players I have ever heard I will buy your lessons as soon as I can. Thank you for sharing your talent… I was one of Warren Nunes students… You are Incredible Thanks Again…..Dave Coleburn 360-840-6164

  3. DarioCorteseSongs says:

    @German1Country Daniel.. it’s very hard to tell. It depends where are you starting from and how much time you wanna spend on it. Anyway, my approach is “If I like a song, I will learn it, regardless how long it’ll take!” :)

  4. German1Country says:

    ciao dalla germania!
    how long does it take to learn that song?

  5. freshjew12 says:

    is tht sg in bck?

  6. kenlorf says:

    from an earlier coment “Thank you ,you are one talented guitar picker , who is willing to share his talent,, and take your time to try to pass it on . I have greatly benefited from your teaching”.

    From Me: i’ve played 50 yrs and still not a excellent lead, i have scoured the youtube and there is NONE BETTER than your instructions.OR playing ability, some force be as excellent, but none better.. Do you read music? or by ear?
    This is absolutely the most accurate and well played ‘ workin man blues’.

  7. bealfish52 says:

    Thank you ,you are one talented guitar picker , who is willing to share his talent,, and take your time to try to pass it on . I have greatly benefited from your teaching.

  8. TwoDollarEddie says:


  9. ROCKandROLLman1981 says:

    I have the same exact guitar

  10. katosutube says:

    Thanks for sharing,this is fantastic!

  11. memmnock says:

    Its right what your saying about having to use the cappo to get the string ring out better!

  12. doneaster says:

    All I can say is wow!!! You really have it down!!!Fantastic Job!!!!

  13. LarchSt says:

    Thank you for taking the time to show this, it’s the best I’ve seen so far…thanks again

  14. Kennymurraycampbell says:

    Awesome lesson. thanks

  15. sixstringthing1 says:

    Dario! Ingenious interpretation!

  16. htscruggs says:

    very excellent in depth lesson very usable

  17. 1208lonnie says:


  18. jasonsr101 says:

    Fantastic job!!! Can you do more Merle Please?

  19. poorbabydale says:

    hey Dario, fantastic as usual. how about some Dale Watson?

  20. MrGuimbard says:


  21. playerstreight says:

    only a real american should teach people guitar

  22. kirbySfan says:

    Fantastic lesson.

  23. historicus146 says:

    You are a tremendous resource…. and talent.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Look forward to the next contribution…….

    Take a shot at “Long Long Way” by Alan Jackson (James Mitchell)

  24. historicus146 says:

    You are a tremendous resource…. and talent.
    Thanks for sharing!
    Look forward to the next contribution…….


    there isnt anything justin cant do . my idol. glad ur my teacher. thanks justin

  26. imeldalizal says:

    Thanks a lot dude! Seriously I’ve been searching for this technique tutorial for years…..

  27. popnityt7709 says:

    what’s with fucking the third string?

  28. frankipoux says:

    Nice simple video and ver cool, too. But judt for the record, the Master Lenny Breau…that emmanuel lear from. Thanks.

  29. MillerCaster0 says:

    its capo not capo

  30. narrenturms says:

    Thank You so much!

  31. TGodfreyGuitar says:

    Brilliant, clear lesson! I’ve been wanting to add harp harmonics to my bag of tricks, and this is just the introduction I’ve been looking for. Thanks for the lesson!

  32. jbaby007 says:

    Thank You so much!!! I finally figured out what that’s called today and you finally helped me map out how people do it!!!! Ahh I’m so excited to learn!!

  33. NeverEndingKarla says:

    I clicked on this video thinking some ancient man was gonna be teaching. But when he looked up I was like “whoa” ! He’s gorgeous lol.

  34. cyphol says:

    @1treyton1 roflmao!! This is a kinky guitar lesson isn’t it?

  35. Narutoxbleach503 says:

    It’s because by making the chord, you are changing the harmonic hotspot.

  36. RexBadMan says:

    @cyphol So this video can not place on VEVO…:D

  37. BestBuddy16 says:

    thank youuu man!

  38. savedeluca says:

    Grazie Justin!
    Fantastic “lesson”

  39. FecalFarmer says:

    Fuck the third string.

  40. Lifestartsrightnow says:

    4:28 Please don’t ever f*ck the third string.

  41. Mordadigsjalv says:

    Damn what is this guitar?

  42. acetangent says:

    Another fantastic lesson for free… Thanks Justin…

  43. pomssi1 says:

    @eza27 I reckon you got that backwards, he lives in London and was born in Australia.

  44. eza27 says:

    Your accent is amusing. At first i heard British then i heard Australian, so i check your channel. Born in UK living in Tassie haha. 

  45. kssork says:

    chest hair.. avert eyes.. blech!

  46. Remergence says:

    fucking strings LOL

  47. haimcito says:

    congrats. very excellent lesson and very clear!!!!

  48. cyphol says:

    @jasminetomcat Indeed it does! Hehe!

  49. 13JimiHendrix says:

    how do we fuck strings? jk

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