Bluegrass Guitar Essentials: Webisodes 11 & 12
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Bluegrass Guitar Essentials: Webisodes 11 & 12

Essential Chords and G Licks
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Last updated 5/2019
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 2 articles
  • 32 downloadable resources
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  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Know which Common and Uncommon chords that are used in Bluegrass guitar and how to apply them to the various songs and fiddle tunes they've already learned
  • Understand the concept of "Short Chords" and how to apply them to their playing for easier visualization of the fretboard
  • Know a plethora of various licks and phrases in the key and chord shape/position of G, one of the "Three Essential Keys" I discuss in Bluegrass Guitar Essentials
  • Gain a better understanding of improvising and soloing in various applications
  • Have more confidence in playing with others, whether with friends or in a jam session or festival setting
  • A basic level of understanding of how to play guitar (basic chords, a few songs, basic strumming concepts, etc.)
  • An interest in learning how to "spice up" the chords you already know in addition to learning some basic and intermediate "jazzy" chords
  • 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 recommended that you have at least a basic understanding of improvisation before beginning this course (covered in previous webisodes dealing with scales)

"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 11 & 12 I'll show you:

  • Dozens of Essential Chords you'll find in the Bluegrass style of playing.  I've labeled these "Common," "Uncommon," & "Short" chords.

  • Some aspects of why chords are named as they are with the help of some intermediate chord theory.

  • Twenty licks you can use for the key of G (as well as other keys via the use of a capo).

  • Fully transcribed tablature of each and every note and phrase in each of the G licks.  I've gathered each lick and double- and triple-checked all of the tabs myself, so you can be assured of their accuracy.

BONUS Materials

  • A section devoted to what I refer to as "Short Chords" which typical chord instructional materials never cover.

  • A special link to my #1 recommended resource for increasing your chord vocabulary.

  • Tons of notes, annotations, and tips to ensure you learn each chord quickly and thoroughly.

  • Audio examples of every single G lick taken directly from the course in several playing speeds.

If you're ready to advance your skills and knowledge of the fretboard for Bluegrass Guitar, you'll find everything you need in Webisodes 11 & 12 (as well as 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

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone wanting to learn the most Common and Uncommon chords used in Bluegrass guitar as well as a variety of licks and phrases in the key of G
  • For an overview of the entire Bluegrass Guitar Essentials series, check out the Free Webisodes 1 & 2 course here on Udemy.
  • Anyone who feels stuck in their knowledge of licks, phrases, and overall improvisational skills
  • If you are just beginning to learn how to play guitar, you should NOT begin with Webisodes 11 & 12. Please review the previous webisodes, beginning with 1 & 2 which are free, before moving on to webisodes 11 & 12 and beyond.
Course content
Expand all 24 lectures 01:51:22
+ A Special Note
1 lecture 00:29
Regarding the flow of this and future webisodes in this series.
+ Essential Common Chords for the Key of G
4 lectures 15:52

I begin BGE Webisodes 11 & 12 with some of the most common chords used for Bluegrass Guitar. Some of these are very basic chords, so they should be easy to learn for most people.

Note: Make sure to download the companion ebook in the resources section of Lecture 4. 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.

Also, throughout this course, be sure to check out the External Resources sections as well for even more Bonus content, usually in the form of related YouTube video lessons I've created.

Preview 08:22

In this lecture, I'll share with you one of the best-kept secrets of navigating the fretboard: An Alternate D-Chord Shape!

With this new form of a D-chord, you can easily add extra reach and additional notes to your playing, especially in the higher areas of the fretboard when soloing in the key of G.

This is a great way to play a very common chord in a more uncommon shape, which gives you access to the notes you need when playing in closed positions up the neck.

Preview 03:59

In the 4th lecture of this course, I'll demonstrate the purpose and function of 7th chords.

In regards to Bluegrass Guitar, there are really only 2 main functions I consider when using 7th chords:

  1. Getting more of a Bluesy sound

  2. A concept I refer to as "Leading Chords"

Even though this lecture is short, the information contained herein is invaluable to understanding how to effectively use the common chords known as 7th chords.

Again, you can refer to all the chords from these lectures by downloading the companion ebook file from Lecture 1.

The Purpose and Function of 7th Chords

When I refer to the 6 chord in this lecture, I'm not speaking of a Major 6th chord. I'm simply referring to the chord that takes the place of the 6th degree in the Major Scale, usually in a minor form.

In this lecture, I'll briefly go over how I use the popular "Nashville Number System" in Bluegrass Guitar and how you can locate the various chords you need for common Bluegrass chord progressions.

The 6 Chord
+ Essential Common Chords in the Key of C
2 lectures 08:21

Now that you have a foundation for some of the most commonly used chords in Bluegrass in the key of G, it's time to move into learning similar chords in the key of C.

Common Chords in the Key of C

A lot of people have trouble playing the F chord on guitar. Never fear. In this lecture, I'll show you some tips and tricks to mastering that pesky F chord and switching between it and some of the other chords in the key of C.

Common Problems with the F Chord
+ Essential Common Chords in the Key of D
3 lectures 14:08

Now that you have a foundation for some of the most commonly used chords in Bluegrass in the keys of G and C, it's time to move into learning similar chords in the key of D.

Common Chords in the Key of D

Just like with the F chord, many people have trouble playing the Bm chord on guitar. In this lecture, I'll show you how to view this chord in relation to the F chord you just learned (Tip: It's also very similar to the Am chord), so you can master various ways to play the Bm chord once and for all.

Preview 03:39

Now that we've covered the Essentials Common Chords in various keys, it's time for a brief summary of them so you can have a better understanding of how they work and how to apply them to your own playing.

I'll also share the fun of using chord substitutions in your playing to help you develop your own signature sound. 

Summary of the Common Chords and Substitutions
+ Essential Uncommon Chords in Various Keys
5 lectures 20:21

Now we come to one of my favorite subjects to discuss: Uncommon Chords.

What are uncommon chords? Simply put, they are the chords that many players such as Tony Rice, David Grier, Bryan Sutton, and many others add to their playing to get those distinct sounds that aren't commonly found in more traditional Bluegrass playing.

Uncommon chords are what enable Tony Rice to add that amazing Jazz-like quality to his sound. They also help the jaw-dropping rhythm playing of Bryan Sutton to stand out from the rest of the instruments in his band.

In this lecture, I'll begin by showing you one of the most "common" uncommon chords that Tony Rice uses constantly in his playing: G9sus4 (sometimes incorrectly referred to as G11; I'll explain why in this lecture).

Preview 05:41

Some of the most fun you can have while playing Bluegrass guitar is incorporating the use of 9 chords into your playing.

9 chords (such as C9, D9, E9, etc.) are what give your playing a nice Bluesy quality, useful for adding groove and emotion in your playing.

These chords are more commonly found on the 5th string. In this lecture, I'll show you how to get the best sound out of your 5th string 9 chords and how to spice up your playing with this versatile uncommon chord.

Also, these are moveable chord shapes (just like the 5th string 9 chords), you'll be able to play them in all the keys!

Uncommon Chords: 5th String 9 Chords

Now that we've covered the 5th string, it's time to show you how to play 6th string 9 chords.

In this lecture, I'll show you three different ways to play 6th string 9 chords so you can choose which one works for you. Also, since these are moveable chord shapes (just like the 5th string 9 chords), you'll be able to play them in all the keys!

While these aren't as easy to play as their 5th string counterparts, I'm confident that you'll find them just as useful in your playing as your ever-growing arsenal of other uncommon chords.

Uncommon Chords: 6th String 9 Chords

The next uncommon chord set is for 6-9, or add9, chords. These are great chords for giving an unexpected, Jazzy feel to the endings of your songs.

Uncommon Chords: 6-9 (add9) Chords

Our last lecture in this section will cover the use of some of my favorite chords: Minor 7 (m7) chords.

The more common minor chords are definitely useful, don't get me wrong, but I like the way minor 7 chords add an extra laid back feel, once again giving a soft, jazzy quality to ordinary minor chords.

I think you'll agree that minor 7 chords are some of the cream of the crop where uncommon chords are concerned.

Uncommon Chords: Minor 7 Chords
+ Short Chords
3 lectures 11:44

In this section, I'll be showing you one of the best tips for navigating the fretboard: Short Chords!

I've already covered scales in previous webisodes, but with short chords, you can easily find your way around the fretboard using a few easy to memorize shapes and experimenting with the notes around them.

We begin this section with the first lecture, which covers the F shape, which will allow you to play solos and licks in the keys of F, G, A, and other keys which have their root chords beginning on the 6th string.

Short Chords: F Shape

The next shape in our series of short chords is the B shape.

This new shape will allow you to effortlessly navigate the fretboard for the keys of B, C, D, and other keys which have their root chords beginning on the 5th string.

There are also some licks we'll be learning soon that have this short chord shape as their foundation, so make sure to watch this lecture several times if necessary.

Preview 02:43

This last lecture in the Short Chords section covers the D and A Shapes.

These two shapes are great for exploring the fretboard beyond the first 5 frets, especially for the key of G. (The alternate D-Chord shape I taught you early on in Lecture 3 will definitely come in handy here.)

The A shape works great with the pentatonic scales I covered in Webisodes 5-8, so if you haven't watched them—or it's been a while since you have—now would be a great time to check them out.

Bonus: To help you create your own chords, I've included a blank chords section titled "Create Your Own Chords" in the included ebook. Print a few of these out and experiment with what you've learned so far, then if you have any new ideas write your own chords down on this page.

Short Chords: D & A Shapes
+ Essential Licks in the Key of G
5 lectures 39:58

In this final section, we'll begin learning various useful licks in the key of G.

Some of the different types of licks I'll be covering in these licks sections include

  • Transitional Licks

  • Open String Licks

  • Diagonals

These lectures are a bit longer since there are so many licks to cover, so please be patient!

Remember to refer the resources in Lecture 2 for the ebook containing all the tabs of each lick and the zip file for downloading all the audio files for the licks at once; otherwise, you can download them one at a time in their corresponding sections.

Lastly, as a special bonus, I've included a private lesson video I recorded a while back showing even more Basic Bluegrass licks!

(Note: The licks for the keys of C and D, as well as the Diagonals section, will be available in the upcoming final Webisodes 13-15.)

Intro to the Essential Licks Section

I'll begin this G licks section with Licks 1-3.

Here, I'll cover several variations of "end of a phrase"—or "tag"—licks as well as a few first fret pull-off licks before moving into more standard Bluegrass licks.

Preview 09:17

In Licks 4-9, I'll cover:

  • One of my favorite positions for soloing in the key of G
  • Some licks in the lower octave of G
  • Stringing smaller licks together to make bigger licks
  • Lick "Cycling" (refer to the "Back-Tracking Lesson" in the Resources section of this lecture)
  • Licks that are great for "stalling" when you're trying to think of something else to play
  • Licks in the higher areas of the fretboard

I'll also show you some tips for faster and more accurate playing, such as keeping your fingers close to the fretboard.

Essential Licks in the Key of G (Licks 4-9)

Continuing our theme of Essential Licks in the Key of G, Licks 10-13 will cover:

  • A variation of the previous two trill/back-tracking licks (for learning even more areas of the fretboard)
  • "Double-back" Licks in various positions
Essential Licks in the Key of G (Licks 10-13)

Licks 14-20, the final licks in Webisodes 11 & 12, will cover:

  • A useful picking lick I covered from Webisodes 3 & 4
  • Some licks off the top of my head which were tabbed later (since I ran out of licks I had hand-written while recording).
  • A variation on the standard G lick like the ones we learned in Licks 1-3

I'll also give you some extra tips for experimenting with the licks you've just learned and how to place them in songs.

Bonus: To help you create your own licks, I've included a blank tablature section titled "Create Your Own Licks" in the included ebook. Print a few of these out and experiment with what you've learned so far, then if you have any new ideas write your own licks and solos down on this page.

Essential Licks in the Key of G (Licks 14-20)
+ BONUS Lesson: Basic Bluegrass Licks
1 lecture 00:27
BONUS Video: Private Video Lesson on Basic Bluegrass Licks (YouTube)