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Bluegrass Guitar Essentials: Webisodes 1 & 2

Series Introduction & Recommendations for the Best Bluegrass Guitar Gear
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Created by Eric Beaty
Last updated 5/2016
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
Learn more about the origins of the Bluegrass Guitar Essentials via a brief introduction to the series
Learn the best practices for correctly tuning their guitar
Develop greater control of their right and left hand coordination for more accurate playing and greater speed
Determine the gear (guitars, accessories, etc.) that are right for them in generating the best sounds for their playing
Learn how to best utilize the resources of the entire Bluegrass Guitar Essentials series, whether they are Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced players
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  • A basic level of understanding of how to play guitar (basic chords, a few songs, basic strumming concepts, etc.)
  • An interest in improvising on the guitar, wanting to better coordinate your left and right hands, and a desire to become a better player than you are right now
  • Not required but recommended: A clip-on tuner for tuning your guitar. (Recommended tuners and other gear are listed in the BONUS Where to Get Your Gear ebook in the resources area.)

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • Webisodes 1 & 2 are geared as an introduction to the entire Bluegrass Guitar Essentials series
  • I've made Webisodes 1 & 2 free to enjoy so you can easily determine if the course is right for your level of playing, whether Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced
  • Using the How to Use the Ebooks 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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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 9 Lectures Collapse All 9 Lectures 01:11:16
2 Lectures 18:43

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:

  • When I began teaching guitar on my YouTube channel
  • How I was commissioned to record my very first professional guitar course
  • What lead me to pursue Bluegrass guitar
  • And what inspired my to take my playing more seriously.
A Brief History of the Instructor's Bluegrass Guitar Journey
An Overview of My Guitar
1 Lecture 07:23

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.

The Guitar I Use in the Course
Recommended Gear and Accessories
3 Lectures 20:43

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.

The Picks I Use and Recommend

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.

The Strings I Use and Recommend

In this lecture, I'll cover the remaining gear I recommend to all Bluegrass guitarists. We'll cover such topics as:

  • Popular and Reliable Guitar brands
  • Capos
  • Tuners
  • Pick Holders
  • Metronomes
  • Guitar Straps and Straplocks
Other Gear I Use and Recommend
Closing Remarks
1 Lecture 02:54

In closing, I'll briefly discuss what's to come in the remainder of the Bluegrass Guitar Essentials webisodes.

Closing Remarks and Syllabus for the Remainder of the Series
Special BONUS Video & Tabs: "Wilder Mountain Coal" solo!
2 Lectures 21:36

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.

Wilder Mountain Coal Promo Video w/ Tabs

BONUS Lecture: More Information about Bluegrass Guitar Essentials
About the Instructor
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Popular YouTube Guitar Instructor & Entrepreneur

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.

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