Bluegrass Guitar Essentials: Webisodes 13, 14, & 15
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Bluegrass Guitar Essentials: Webisodes 13, 14, & 15

Diagonals, C & D Licks, Additional Tips, and Conclusion
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Created by Eric Beaty
Last updated 5/2019
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 3 articles
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Know a plethora of various licks and phrases in the key and chord shapes/positions of C and D, the remaining two of the "Three Essential Keys" I discuss in Bluegrass Guitar Essentials
  • Gain a better understanding of improvising and soloing in various applications
  • Easily be able to transpose the various licks into different keys
  • Understand how to use Diagonal scale shapes into more manageable and easier to understand patterns for better fretboard visualization
  • Have more confidence in playing with others, whether with friends or in a jam session or festival setting; possibly even for use within a competitive atmosphere
  • A basic level of understanding of how to play guitar (basic chords, a few songs, basic strumming concepts, etc.)
  • 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 the Final Webisodes 13, 14, & 15 I'll show you:

  • A great, effective way to navigate the fretboard via the use of connecting scale shapes called Diagonals.

  • Dozens of Essential Licks every flatpicker worth his salt should know in the keys of C & D (also for use in other keys via the use of a capo).

  • Fully transcribed tablature of each and every note and phrase in each of the C & D licks as well as a few from the Diagonals section. 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 "Conclusion & Acknowledgements" section detailing my journey of creating Bluegrass Guitar Essentials as well as many great Resources I've compiled that have helped keep me motivated, inspired, and determined to succeed in life, business, and guitar.

  • A special Tips section at the end of the video dedicated to giving you some final tips for improving your playing.

  • Audio examples of every single C & D 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 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

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone wanting to learn a variety of licks and phrases in the keys of C and D
  • Anyone interested in combining various essential scale shapes into more manageable and easier to understand patterns for better fretboard visualization
  • Anyone who feels stuck in their knowledge of licks, phrases, and overall improvisational skills
  • Anyone who has already went through the previous webisodes and would like to complete the remainder of the course for their accomplishment
  • If you are just beginning to learn how to play guitar, you should NOT begin with Webisodes 13-15. Please review the previous webisodes, beginning with 1 & 2 which are free, before moving on to webisodes 13-15.
Course content
Expand all 13 lectures 01:19:16
+ Diagonals
3 lectures 12:58

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.

Preview 04:58

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.

Diagonals - Minor Diagonals for the Key of G

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!

Diagonals - Combining Major and Minor Diagonals
+ Licks in the Key of C
2 lectures 24:46

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.

Preview 13:18

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.

Licks in the Key of C (Closed Positions)
+ Licks in the Key of D
2 lectures 28:23

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.

Licks in the Key of D (Open Position)

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!

Licks in the Key of D (Closed Positions)
+ Conclusion
1 lecture 06:00

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.

Eric Beaty

Conclusion and Tips
+ Bonus Lick Videos
2 lectures 06:31

Here are a couple extra videos I'm including for some more first fret pull-off licks in the keys of C and D.

Preview 02:21

Here's the second bonus video for the first fret pull-off licks in the key of D.

Bonus Video: First Fret Pull-off Licks in the Key of D
+ Bonus Interview Videos
3 lectures 00:38
Bonus Video: Bluegrass Jam and Interview with Kenneth Burris
Bonus Video: Bluegrass Gospel Jam and Interview with Elijah Jenkins
Bonus Video: Another Way singing at the Sutton Ole Time Music Hour