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Note: I've made Webisodes 1 & 2 absolutely free to enjoy so you can easily determine if the course is right for your level of playing, whether Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced.
In Webisodes 1 & 2 (Intro & Gear) of my Bluegrass Guitar Essentials series, you’ll learn about the influences that helped shape the way I play guitar, more specifically Bluegrass guitar. Famous Legendary guitarists such as Tony Rice, Bryan Sutton, and David Grier—to name a few—are some of the Masters of the genre that I’ve designed this entire series around so that you can really “Learn the Essentials of Playing Bluegrass Guitar like the Legends!”
You’ll also learn which gear I personally use in my every day playing and gigging as well as what gear I recommend for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced players.
An Introduction to the course, a section on How to Use the Ebooks for the course, as well as a special BONUS section containing links to all the gear I discuss—as well as gear I’ve learned about since originally recording the series—are included in the companion ebooks available in the resources area. Using this free guide, you'll be able to easily determine which webisodes are right for your particular needs in the series and proceed your education from there.
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|Section 1: Introduction|
To begin the series, I take the time to talk about what Bluegrass Guitar Essentials (aka BGE) is and who it's for.
If you want to see an overview of the entire course in more detail, and decide whether the remainder of this series is right for you, check out the External Resources in this introduction lecture to watch a separate video entitled "Bluegrass Guitar Essentials in a Nutshell."
As a special BONUS, I've included the tablature to the solo for the "Wilder Mountain Coal" promotional video in Section 5!
In this lecture, I'll be discussing how I got my start in Bluegrass guitar. I cover topics such as:
|Section 2: An Overview of My Guitar|
In this section I'll go in depth regarding the guitar I'll be using for the entirety of the course (including further Webisodes). It's a Martin DCX1E, and since originally recording this course, I've had it for a little over 5 years, and it's still a dream to play.
I'll tell you all about it and give you some ideas about what to look for in your preferred guitar for playing Bluegrass.
BONUS: Included in the resources for this lecture is a special bonus PDF entitled "Where to Get Your Gear" that's jam-packed with lots of great gear I recommend in this and the next three lectures. To aid you further the actual links of where to find more information about them are included as well!
Also included in the resources is a special BONUS video link about the guitar I now use since initially recording the Bluegrass Guitar Essentials series.
|Section 3: Recommended Gear and Accessories|
Believe it or not, there's a lot to be said about what kind of pick you use when it comes to the tone that comes out of your guitar. Many people think that the tone comes from the wood the guitar is made of or the strings you use, but the smallest tool can sometimes make the biggest difference.
In this lecture, I'll show you why it's so important to test out many different picks before you settle, and what I've learned from doing years of my own research with various types of picks.
I've included not one but two special BONUS videos detailing the guitar picks I've discovered since initially recording Bluegrass Guitar Essentials and why you should consider giving them a test drive.
Even though your pick makes a big impact on the tone that comes out of your guitar, you couldn't play it without strings! In this lecture I'll share with you the #1 string brand I use and recommend—and have done so for years. I've tried so many strings I can't even keep track of them all, and still I find myself always coming back to my "old faithful" brand.
In this lecture, I'll cover the remaining gear I recommend to all Bluegrass guitarists. We'll cover such topics as:
|Section 4: Closing Remarks|
In closing, I'll briefly discuss what's to come in the remainder of the Bluegrass Guitar Essentials webisodes.
|Section 5: Special BONUS Video & Tabs: "Wilder Mountain Coal" solo!|
I created this solo for the song "Wilder Mountain Coal" from the same album name of a Bluegrass group I used to sing and play lead/rhythm guitar for.
In this special twenty-plus minute promo video, I'll thoroughly explain the tips and techniques needed to play this solo correctly.
Included is the fully transcribed tablature so you'll know exactly what I'm doing to get that blistering attitude that Bluegrass guitar is known for.
BONUS Lecture: More Information about Bluegrass Guitar Essentials
I have been teaching guitar online since YouTube first became popular back in 2007. To date, I have completed two MASSIVE courses for guitar entitled Texas Blues Guitar by Eric Beaty and Bluegrass Guitar Essentials.
Now, I'm in search of a place to host multiple future courses related to guitar, and perhaps business and writing. Basically, all the free videos I upload to YouTube don't really contribute to my overall financial health, so I'm looking for better avenues to support my family without sacrificing the desire to help others enjoy the benefits of learning new skills.