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