Bluegrass Guitar Essentials: Webisodes 3 & 4
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Bluegrass Guitar Essentials: Webisodes 3 & 4

Tuning & Picking
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Created by Eric Beaty
Last updated 12/2016
Price: $30
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 3 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Learn how to correctly tune their guitar
  • Learn some additional "tweaks" for tuning those pesky G and B strings
  • Be equipped with various picking exercises and techniques for more accuracy and greater speed
  • Learn how to use Hammer-ons, Pull-offs, and Slides effectively
  • Understand the concept of the picking technique I call "Backtracking"
  • Learn to better navigate the pick across the strings by feel
View Curriculum
  • 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 Free Webisodes 1 & 2.)

"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 STUDENTWEBISODES 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 Webisodes 3 & 4 (Tuning & Picking) of my Bluegrass Guitar Essentials series, you’ll learn about the various Tuning tips I've picked up over the years such as:

  • Using clip-on, vibration-based tuners
  • How to tune your guitar when your tuner dies and no piano is around
  • Tweaks for tuning those pesky G and B strings

You’ll also learn the fundamentals of getting your picking and fretting hand in sync with the use of various techniques such as:

  • Hammer-ons
  • Pull-offs
  • Slides

Lastly, we'll cover some helpful picking exercises in the most popular keys/chord positions for Bluegrass Guitar: G, C, & D.

You're sure to improve your speed, dexterity, and coordination by the time you've thoroughly practiced and applied all the techniques I show you in this course.

"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

Who is the target audience?
  • While tuning the guitar is a great Beginner concept, the Picking exercises and techniques in this course are meant for more Intermediate to Advanced players.
  • For an overview of the entire Bluegrass Guitar Essentials series, check out the Free Webisodes 1 & 2 course here on Udemy.
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Curriculum For This Course
13 Lectures
Tuning Techniques for the Best Results
3 Lectures 13:33

In this section, you'll learn the way I approach tuning my guitar and how to tune your guitar using clip-on, vibration-based tuners. I'll also share with you why you should only consider your tuner as a guide and not a definitive tool of tuning mastery.

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.

Preview 04:37

What happens if your clip-on tuner battery dies and there are no other means of tuning your guitar (piano, pitch-pipe, tuning fork, etc.)? You use the Relative Tuning Method!

In this section, I'll show you how to implement the Relative Tuning Method for the best results.

The Relative Tuning Method

Ever had some of your guitar strings just refuse to get in tune? I'll show you what I've discovered to whip those pesky strings into shape. (Use the "Relative Tuning Method" handout in the previous lecture's resources for a visual explanation.)

Tuning Tweaks for those Pesky Strings
Understanding Right and Left Hand Coordination
2 Lectures 19:04

In this lecture, you'll finally understand why you can't seem to get those fast licks and phrases under control. Why do you crash and burn in the middle of a solo?

You might be surprised to find that the key to increased picking speed is not your left (fretting) hand, it's your right (picking) hand!

Here's where we'll train your right hand to recognize eighth notes for stabilizing and synching your natural rhythm with your picking hand.

The Right Hand: The Key to Speed

In this lecture, you'll learn how to make your phrasing even smoother and play licks and solos faster with the aid of such tools as:

  • Hammer-ons
  • Pull-offs
  • Slides

Pay close attention because some of the downstrokes and upstrokes are eliminated when you incorporate these into your playing.

The Left Hand: The Key to Finesse
Picking Techniques to Increase Speed, Dexterity, and Coordination
6 Lectures 01:01:44

We're about ready to begin the picking exercises! Just a few more thoughts that will help you know what to expect before we move along.

From here on out, please pay close attention to the picking hand! I know it's easy to get caught up in all the cool things the fretting hand is doing, but this section is all about getting your picking hand under look at it from time to time.

Note: In this section I accidentally refer to the fiddle tune "Beaumont Rag" when what I meant to say was "Texas Gales." The technique used when I refer to this can also be found in many other fiddle tunes like "Black Mountain Rag."

Preview 07:15

To begin your picking exercises, I'll show you some basic picking drills that mostly involve the open strings.

Learning how to hop from string to string is so important because it allows you to know which string you are on at any given time without having to look at your picking hand.

Not having to constantly check to see which strings you're playing plays a huge role in increasing your picking speed.


Preview 07:23

The main chord positions for Bluegrass guitar are G, C, and D. In this, and the following three lectures, I'll show you some picking exercises that can also serve as potential licks and phrases.

For this and the following lecture, we'll discuss exercises in perhaps the most widely used chord position in all of Bluegrass guitar: The G position.

Picking Exercises in G Position, Part 1

Next up is the remainder of the picking exercises in G position. Only this time, I'll share with you one of the secrets that's had a profound impact on my own personal playing.

It's a technique I call "Backtracking," and it all has to do with switching the direction of your picking.

Picking Exercises in G Position, Part 2 (Backtracking)

Now we come to the picking exercises for the C position. It's important to know how to do some of the same licks and phrases in more than one key; that's why you'll recognize some of these exercises as being very similar to the ones we covered in the G position.

This is all to set you up for a very basic, yet very important concept: Once you can perform many licks and phrases in multiple keys, the sky's the limit to what you can do in just about any song or fiddle tune!

Picking Exercises in C Position

The great thing about the picking exercises in the D position is that you have access to many of the open strings as well as some great fretboard real estate that comes with the D position.

Be on the lookout for a new way to play the D chord. This new D shape will aid you tremendously in the coming webisodes, especially where scales and chords are concerned.

The last exercise I cover in this lecture is a doozy—even for me—so be sure and practice, practice, practice. Remember, it's all about gaining control over the mechanics of picking, so don't forget to pay attention to the picking hand!

In the outro at the end of the video, I'll share with you what to expect in the next installment of webisodes, should you decide to further your Bluegrass Guitar education, so be sure and watch all the way to the end.

Picking Exercises in D Position & Outro
Special BONUS Video & Tabs: "The Legend of Captain John" solo
2 Lectures 15:15
The Legend of Captain John Promo Video w/ Tabs

BONUS Lecture: More Information about Bluegrass Guitar Essentials

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About the Instructor
Eric Beaty
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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.