Bluegrass Guitar Essentials: Webisodes 9 & 10

Songs, Fiddle Tunes, & Rhythm
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  • Lectures 12
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 8/2016 English

Course Description

In Webisodes 9 & 10: Songs, Fiddle Tunes, & Rhythm I'll show you:

  • A variety of songs and fiddle tunes for personal playing or with friends in a jam session
  • Various strumming techniques which will add flare and style to your playing
  • How to stay in time with the songs while strumming
  • How to "fill in the gaps" when playing solos, licks, and phrases
  • How to create easy beginner solos using melody
  • Practice the various songs covered with the use of "Playalong" sections and jam tracks
  • The best tips for using various Capos
     If you really want to be able to play Bluegrass Guitar like the pros, you'll need to know how to get your strumming hand coordinated for that tight, hard-driving sound Bluegrass guitar is famous for. In these webisodes I'll show you how and give you tons of great insights on improvising and soloing. With Webisodes 9 & 10 at your disposal, you'll be turning heads at festivals and jam sessions in no time at all!

What are the requirements?

  • 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
  • It is recommended (but not required) that you begin with Webisodes 1 & 2, then progress through the remainder of the course in order to more fully comprehend these and future Bluegrass Guitar Essentials lessons.
  • It is also recommended that you check out Webisodes 5 through 8 before proceeding with Webisodes 9 & 10 to gain a more thorough understanding of scales to aid in the solos you will be learning in this course

What am I going to get from this course?

  • A variety of songs and fiddle tunes for personal playing or with friends in a jam session
  • Various strumming techniques which will add flare and style to their playing
  • How to stay in time with the songs while strumming
  • How to "fill in the gaps" when playing solos, licks, and phrases
  • How to create easy beginner solos using melody
  • Practice the various songs covered with the use of "Playalong" sections and jam tracks
  • The best tips for using various Capos

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone wanting to learn and understand how to build a solid rhythm foundation
  • Anyone who has always wanted to learn how to improvise on the guitar
  • Anyone who struggles with keeping a solid, tight rhythm while playing guitar
  • The rhythm sections of this course is for Beginners/Intermediate players; the solos are for Intermediate/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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Section 1: Introduction

I begin this first lecture for the section of songs in the Key of G by showing you some little-known (or little-used) capo tips. I'll share with you an easy tip to help make your playing more comfortable (hint: it has to do with the end of the capo).

  • In this lecture you'll also learn:
  • How to properly align your capo to eliminate string buzz
  • My views and insights on capo types (adjustable vs. quick-change)
  • An overview of the capo I use
  • The proper position to place your capo

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.

BONUS: Also, check out the External Resources section to see a capo video review of the Shubb Capo I use on one of my other guitars, as well as the review I did on the Paige Clik Capo I use throughout this course.


In this lecture, I'll show you how to access the newly included audio files within the course.

Section 2: Songs & Tunes in the Key of G (G Chord Position)

The first song we'll be covering is one of my favorite Bluegrass Gospel tunes by the popular group Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. This song is actually found in many Church Hymnals and is generally considered to be in the public domain.

In this lecture, I'll go over the tips and techniques for developing a tight Bluegrass strum. Some of the techniques I'll be covering in this lecture include:

  • The Bass Hammer-on and Bass/Alternate Bass srumming techniques
  • My favorite and most-used strumming pattern
  • Focusing on one hand at a time for better and faster strumming coordination
  • How to keep the beat going while strumming
  • Filling in the gaps between picked notes using walk-ups, walk-downs, and simple G licks

BONUS: I've included one of my best videos on the subject of tightening up your strumming in the External Resources. This one is definitely a must-see if you care anything about getting your rhythm playing up to par.


One of my favorite solos to play is for "I Have Found the Way." It's fast, it's focused, and it's just plain fun! In this lecture, I'm going to teach you the subtleties of the solo such as:

  • Breaking down solos into manageable chunks of licks and riffs
  • Using unison slides
  • Implementing the ever-useful first fret pull-off
  • A cool lick to use on the D chord
  • Another cool lick to wrap up the solo nicely

I'll also introduce a section I'll be using in nearly all the songs in this course (I forgot to add this to the final song): A "Playalong" section where I'll play the rhythm parts and be your backup, while you practice your solos!

BONUS: Be sure and check out the External Resources section for this lecture to see a YouTube Video I created years ago of this same solo as well as a live performance of the song!


"I Am a Pilgrim" is by far one of the most laid back, Bluesiest tunes you'll ever hear in Bluegrass music. I've heard many different variations on the song from artists such as Clarence White and the Kentucky Colonels, Tony Rice and David Grisman, Bryan Sutton, Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, and many more.

Now, I want to show you my take on the popular tune as well as some great Bluesy licks you can use in this song—and many others!

Also, don't forget that I'll be giving you a chance to practice your solo over a Playalong version of the tune.

BONUS: In the External Resources section, you'll find an old video of me explaining some of the great, jazzy chords you can use in this tune, as well as an older practice performance I did back when I was still in the Wilder Mountain Bluegrass band.


"Lonely Tonight" is a song I wrote years ago for the Bluegrass band I was in called Wilder Mountain. It's written in 3/4 (Waltz) time and is a great tune to dance to with your significant other.

In this lecture, I'll give you the rundown of the solo I play (just so you know, it's a bit advanced, but you'll get it if you keep practicing) and give you a chance to practice it during the Playalong section.

Section 3: Songs & Tunes in the Key of C (C Chord Position)

This next tune is one of the most popular tunes Tony Rice and Ricky Skaggs did way back when. "Where the Soul Never Dies" is a traditional hymn that is as laid back as they come. The great thing about songs like these is the way you can spice up the song with some of the techniques we've already discussed, without having to overdo it and make the song feel too flashy.

In this first lecture for the section of songs in the Key of C, as with the previous songs we've covered, I'll break down the picking and melody parts to this tune as well as give you a chance to practice it yourself during the Playalong section.

Note: This is the only time I've ever recorded a lesson for this song, so you're in for a real treat!


In this lecture, I'll be showing you my insights on the breakdown of "Bury Me Beneath the Willow," an old Carter Family favorite.

I'll go over the signature rhythm and bass strumming the Carter Family was known for as well as how to fill the gaps between the notes for a more well-rounded tune. I sometimes refer to this as strumming between the notes.

BONUS: Be sure and check out the External Resources for more tips and insights on this tune, which I recorded for a 2-part Private Video Lesson!

Section 4: Songs & Tunes in the Key of D (D Chord Position)

"Working on a Building" has become a favorite song to many fans of Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel alike. This tune has a hard, driving feel to it and features a key that allows for some of the snappiest attitudinal licks in Bluegrass: D. More specifically, Drop-D.

In this first lecture for the section of songs in the Key of D, I'll begin by briefly covering some of the aspects of playing in Drop-D tuning, such as:

  • Compensating playing chords with the newly-tuned low E string to D
  • Variations of these new chords
  • Easy scale tips for playing in Drop-D

I'll also show you the bold phrases for the main solo as well as give you a chance to practice them during the Playalong section.

BONUS: In the External Resources section of this lecture, I've included some old videos from my YouTube channel that go into more depth regarding Drop-D tuning.


When deciding on a decent fiddle tune to end Webisodes 9 & 10 with, it didn't take me long to find one that I believed fit perfectly with this course. "St. Anne's Reel" is a popular fiddle tune that has an emotional feel to it; it almost feels happy and sad at the same time.

In this lecture, I'll show you how to play the tune in not one but two octaves for Drop-D tuning (that's one of the great advantages of this particular tuning). Unfortunately, I forgot to include the Playalong section for this lecture, but it should be easy enough to search for a video you can jam along to on YouTube—or better yet, why not get into a jam session with one of your friends!

BONUS: In the External Resources area, I've included a few videos of me performing and teaching one of my favorite Drop-D tunes: "Linus & Lucy" (a.k.a. The Charlie Brown Theme Song)!


In this lecture, I'll give you a preview of what's to come in the remaining Bluegrass Guitar Essentials webisodes!

Section 5: BONUS Video: Tips for Playing Better Bluegrass

There are always more things you can learn when it comes to improving your playing techniques. Some of the extra rhythm techniques I cover in this special bonus video include:

  • How to know where your pick is on the strings at all times
  • Focusing on what you're playing next, not what you're playing now
  • Improving your picking and fretting hand coordination

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Instructor Biography

Eric Beaty, 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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