"Another EXCELLENT course. I completed previous course and this one is just as good if not better. Best tuition I have ever had. Thank you, Eric. Just finished this course and it is EXCELLENT. I obviously will need to go back over several bits, but it has been so useful. Thanks again." - KEITH, UDEMY STUDENT, WEBISODES 5&6
"I like the modesty and teaching speed of the instructor." - SHOOTER, UDEMY STUDENT, WEBISODES 1&2
"This is without doubt, the BEST course I have ever done. BRILLIANT, Eric. Thank you so much. I have already purchased some of the next courses and there is so much to learn. Worth EVERY penny (or dollar in the U.S.)." - KEITH, UDEMY STUDENT, WEBISODES 3&4
In the Final Webisodes 13, 14, & 15 I'll show you:
If you're ready to advance your skills and knowledge of the fretboard for Bluegrass Guitar and complete your training in the process, you'll find everything you need in Webisodes 13, 14, & 15 to get you well on your way to burning up tons of blistering flatpicking phrases!
"Obviously a very passionate and technically skilled musician, that [is] able to pass on his knowledge in the old-fashioned way, from person to person." - ALLEN, UDEMY STUDENT, WEBISODES 11&12
"Absolutely BRILLIANT. This is opening up a whole new world on how to move up the fretboard." - KEITH, UDEMY STUDENT, WEBISODES 13, 14, & 15
Welcome to the final webisodes of my Bluegrass Guitar Essentials Course! If you’ve made it this far, you’re nearly to the end, so congratulations!
In this lecture, I’ll begin showing you one of the best techniques you can use for getting around the fretboard with ease. Compiled of several of the scales we’ve covered so far in previous webisodes, these Diagonal shapes make it a breeze to get to either the low or high positions on the fretboard, using slide or transition points.
In this section, I’ll be showing you how to use both Major and Minor Diagonals in your playing and how easy it really is to find your way around the neck of the guitar. You’ll be impressing your friends—and audiences—in no time once you finish this section!
Note: Make sure to download the companion ebook in the resources section of Lecture 2. Follow along with it as you complete each lecture in this course. I've also included a .zip file of all the licks tracks for these webisodes for you to download, extract, and listen to as you watch the videos.
This lecture will cover a similar shape for the Minor Diagonals in the Key of G. Thankfully, as you’ll see in the next lecture, there are only two simple shapes you need to memorize to create either Major or Minor Diagonal patterns.
In this lecture, things will start to come together much clearer for you. As I stated in the previous lecture notes, the great thing about using Diagonals is that you only need to memorize two basic shapes to create both Major and Minor Diagonal patterns.
I’ll show you how easy it is to transition from Major to Minor, going both forward and backward on the fretboard. There’s a simple way to tell which pattern to use next in both Major and Minor contexts, and it all has to do with the final pattern you play in each Diagonal shape. Knowing this will enable you to play either Major or Minor Diagonals across the entire fretboard!
I’ll begin this lecture by showing you a great picking pattern to use for playing rhythm. Many times, rhythm playing becomes too crowded with the noise of all the strings. With the “picking strum” I’ll show you, you can cut through the noise and sound more like the pros by picking a little of the rhythm after each “regular” strum. Not only this, but it will help improve your picking overall as well!
I’ll also continue the Licks series from the previous webisodes (11-12) by introducing you to some great licks in the Key of C. When we move into the D licks, you’ll notice some similarities to these C licks, so be sure to pay attention! In addition, I’ll show you how to find the correct alternate picking pattern for licks simply by playing them backwards.
We continue the C licks with some that are located in the higher positions of the fretboard. I combine the use of Open String Transitions and the Diagonals we covered earlier to create some of these licks. This just goes to show you how creative you can get by experimenting with some of the techniques we’ve covered so far in the various Bluegrass Guitar Essentials webisodes.
In this lecture, I’ll show you some D licks, many of which involve the use of Open String Transitions. I’ll even show you one of the more difficult licks in the popular song by Tony Rice, “Blue Railroad Train.”
You’ll find that D licks are some of the most fun licks to play because they have so much attitude. D licks are great for adding an extra Bluesy flare to your playing.
BONUS: Check out the External Resources section for some more great videos on playing even more licks in various keys as well as two videos on the song "Blue Railroad Train" I hint at in this lecture.
In this lecture, you’ll notice the similarities between the D licks and the C licks, since they are in essence the same, only two frets higher for the key of D. Even so, there are still plenty more licks to learn here.
Lastly, I’ll show you a great lick to use that you may recognize if you’re familiar with Blues turnarounds. Once again, you can easily transpose this lick to other 5th string keys like C, E, etc.
BONUS: Check out the External Resources section for two of my highest-viewed videos for how to play lead solos in D!
In this final lecture of the course, I’ll share with you some tips to keep you growing in your journey as a guitar player. Some of these include:
• Be a continual learner
• Play and jam with others
• Come back and refer to this material over and over again for enhanced understanding
• Form your own band
• And much more!
I’ll also wrap up the course with a Bluegrass rendition of the gospel song “I’ll Fly Away.”
Thank you for joining me in this course. I’ve had so much fun creating it for you and teaching it to you. I look forward to hearing your feedback on the course, as well as creating more courses down the road that will inspire and motivate you to always strive to create your best work in whatever you do.
God bless and I’ll see you next time.
Here are a couple extra videos I'm including for some more first fret pull-off licks in the keys of C and D.
Here's the second bonus video for the first fret pull-off licks in the key of D.
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.