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How to Play Country Guitar with Boo Reiners

Learn about country guitar player Boo Reiners, one of Howcast's experts in country music, in this Howcast video.


Hi, Boo Reiners here. I am a musician based out of New York City area. I started out as a kid playing the drums in grade school. Saw Ringo playing on TV with the Beatles, and figured nothing's more fun than that, so I got to try that, and then eventually I found my way to the Banjo, five string Banjo, and bluegrass music, and that got an appetite going for all kinds of string instruments.

So gotten to work in all fields of music, all different genres, and I've been lucky to work with a lot of people from all over the musical map, my own band, Demolition String Band. We've been together for quite awhile, making albums every few years. Recently got a chance to work with Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead. Been working pretty steadily the past few years with a band called Dispatch, bringing my country flavor to their indie rock sound, and also had a real privilege to work with the late, great Charlie Louvin of the Louvin Brothers here in New York City. And also got to bring my, sort of, Americana country flavor to a band from New York here called the Klezmatics World Music Klezmer Band, who won a Grammy award back in 2007.

And on the side I like to teach. I've been teaching as long as I can remember, and I guess it's just a way that I can share music more intimately instead of from a stage, which is of course fantastic. But I love sitting down one on one with folks that are curious about music, how it works. Even people that have been at it for many years and want to get better, it's a lot of fun for me, and I've had great teachers over the years, since I started out as a little kid. And it's a way that I can share with other people, that's a lot of fun and very rewarding.

So please keep in touch with me on my website,, and if you want to learn more about where I'm playing, or where I'm teaching, that's a good place to go.

So I hope you've enjoyed this Howcast series on playing country guitar. I hope I've given you some nuts and bolts that you can put to use, and move you further up the road in your love of country music and playing guitar.

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