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- How to navigate the fretboard using various Arpeggio and CAGED patterns
- How to quickly recognize patterns on the fretboard for easy Position Shifting
- How to use Octave Shapes for easier fretboard navigation
- Example Licks by legendary Bluegrass acoustic guitarists such as Tony Rice
- How to make your guitar playing sound more professional with the use of Wide Intervals
- How to Incorporate Arpeggios into your Bluegrass Flat-Picking solos
- First-hand examples of Using Arpeggios in Popular Bluegrass Fiddle Tunes
- How to Easily Connect Arpeggio Shapes for faster Fretboard Navigation
- A basic understanding of how to play guitar in the Bluegrass or acoustic guitar style/genre
- A basic understanding of how to solo/flat pick
- An understanding of scales and basic music theory are a plus but not necessary
- I highly recommend checking out my Bluegrass Guitar Essentials courses before proceeding with this course
Hello, current/aspiring flat-picking Bluegrass guitarist. Consider the following:
Have you ever been stuck in your guitar playing progress?
Do you wish you could just get out of the musical rut you're in?
Are you ready to take on the next level of mastering the fretboard?
Then Bluegrass Guitarpeggios by Eric Beaty is here to help.
In this all new, full-length, 40+ lecture course—the second Bluegrass Guitar course by Eric—you'll learn everything he knows about how to incorporate arpeggios to take your playing to new heights.
Eric covers such concepts as:
The Definition and Application of Arpeggios
How to Incorporate Arpeggios into your Bluegrass Flat-Picking solos
Using the CAGED Method to create Arpeggios
How to use Octave Arpeggio Shapes for better Fretboard Memorization
How to Easily Connect Arpeggio Shapes for faster Fretboard Navigation
Various Exercises for Practicing Arpeggios for developing Muscle Memory
How legendary Bluegrass players such as Tony Rice use arpeggios in their own real-world songs
First-hand examples of Using Arpeggios in Popular Bluegrass Fiddle Tunes
Materials and resources included in this course:
Over 40 High Quality, 1080p mp4 video lectures (stream or download at your leisure)
Various Fretboard Diagrams for better visualization and understanding of arpeggios
Links to helpful resources such as Free Bluegrass Backing Tracks for use in practicing arpeggios
Links to example videos further explaining the concepts covered in the lectures
Tablature PDF files of various arpeggios, licks, and solos. (Also includes Guitar Pro 7 files for those who wish to make the most of their learning experience.)
Audio mp3 files of Tablature examples for a better understanding of various arpeggio concepts
All this and more!
Important note from the author: If you're more of a beginner Bluegrass guitarist, I highly recommend checking out my previous "webisode" courses, Bluegrass Guitar Essentials (BGE), here on Udemy before diving into Bluegrass Guitarpeggios, which is targeted toward more Intermediate/Advanced players. If, however, you already own BGE, I recommend brushing up on some of the concepts it presents before tackling those presented in this course. – Eric
- Intermediate/Advanced acoustic guitar players
- Players who are stuck in their current playing rut but wish to Expand their Knowledge of the Fretboard
- Players who like to Jam with other Musicians at Bluegrass Festivals, in a Band, or with Friends
- Anyone wishing to Move Beyond Beginning Bluegrass Guitar Techniques
- Players with an Interest in Tony Rice, Bryan Sutton, David Grier, Kenny Smith, and other Bluegrass Guitar Virtuosos
A simple introduction to Bluegrass Guitarpeggios.
Included in the Resources area are the first of several fretboard diagram pdfs. I will also be listing the remaining diagram pdfs in their respective sections of this course for easy reference.
For further clarification in understanding the materials presented in this course, I've created a special overview video so you can "get inside my head" and learn how I approached creating the fretboard neck diagrams for this course.
BONUSES: The special BGE "Diagonals" Webisode Discount Code can be found in the "Introduction" document in the "Resources" area of this lecture. I've also included the entire list of fretboard diagrams combined into one pdf there as well.
Learn the formula for Minor triads to help you further understand Arpeggios and their application.
Wide intervals are the key to understanding what makes arpeggios sound so great!
This section is dedicated to several useful exercises to help you get the feel for arpeggios under your fingers and make playing them a piece of cake. We begin with the F to D CAGED shapes exercise.
Note: Tablature files will begin at this section. I've uploaded the tab PDFs, along with the tab audio (.mp3) and Guitar Pro 7 (.gp) files in a compressed .zip format.
Learn how to connect arpeggios together using the main notes of each pattern for easier memorization of each shape.
Now, we move into learning exercises for the Minor CAGED shapes, beginning with Fm to Dm.
In this lecture, I'll show you how to play an arpeggio phrase from a song I wrote entitled "The Legend of Captain John."
BONUS: I've included the tabs to the actual solo for the song from my Bluegrass Guitar Essentials course in the "Resources" area of this lecture.
"The Legend of Captain John" Copyright © Eric Beaty. All rights reserved.
This lecture deals with understanding how to utilize various intervals within arpeggios for easier connective visualization.
I consider this to be one of the biggest takeaways in this entire course. You can't always rely on tabs and diagrams. Your ears are one of the most important—if not the most important—tools as a musician. And using them to listen for arpeggio sounds in the music of your favorite Bluegrass artists will help you understand how to better apply them to your own playing.
Before long, you'll be recognizing arpeggios everywhere!
Trello is one of my go-to resources whenever I want to get things done, especially massive projects involving many smaller steps—like this Bluegrass Guitarpeggios course!
Learn how I used Trello for both this and my Bluegrass Guitar Essentials course (also available here on Udemy).
One of my favorite examples of using arpeggios in the real world is Tony Rice's version of the Bob Dylan song, "Don't Think Twice (It's All Right)."
Note: I kept saying "Intro" lick for this lecture, but what I really meant to say is "Fill" lick. Both are shown in the corresponding diagram.
Try as I may, I can't do this arpeggio justice. Do yourself a favor and check out the videos in the "Resources" area of the River Suite for Two Guitars song "Nardis" and the Pizza Tapes Arp after watching this lecture for better context.
(I always laugh when I hear Jerry Garcia tell Tony Rice, "Don't be doin' that," on the Pizza Tapes.)
If I had to pick just one arpeggio or lick that screams "Tony Rice" to me, it's this one. I call it the "Everywhere" lick. You'll see why in the lecture.
Note: If you listen closely, you'll begin noticing it everywhere in Tony's playing ("Manzanita" for example).
BONUS: I've included the video lesson of this lick I recorded with Kenneth Burris in the Summer of 2018 (mentioned in this lecture video) in the "Resources" area of this lecture.
Similar to Bryan Sutton's "Decision at Glady Fork" arpeggio run in one of his popular Bluegrass guitar courses is the arpeggio I use in another song I wrote called "Bluer Shade of Green."
BONUS: Once again, check out the "Resources" area to see the arpeggio Bryan Sutton uses in the intro song—which just happens to be "Decision at Glady Fork"—to his Bluegrass guitar course. In the bonus video, watch carefully for the arpeggio phrase at the 00:27 minute mark (it goes by quick), as well as Bryan playing in the same area of the fretboard at the 1:01 minute mark.
Also, I've transcribed the full solo of this song from the album track of the same name—as well as included the track itself here—for your enjoyment.
"Bluer Shade of Green" Copyright © Eric Beaty. All rights reserved.
Nobody plays amazing arpeggio phrases on Bluegrass guitar like Tony Rice—except, maybe, for another legendary player: Mike Riddle of the Primitive Quartet.
Inspired by Mike, I created my own Mike Riddle-esque arpeggio for a song I perform with The Gilbert Family, a Gospel singing group from Tennessee, entitled "Sailing for Home," from our album The Promise.
Note: I had the amazing fortune of meeting and jamming with Mike Riddle a few months back (link to video in the "Resources" area of this lecture), at a benefit concert The Gilbert Family and I performed with the Primitive Quartet, the Agee Family, and many others. I recorded much of the concert, which you can watch on my YouTube channel. Just search for "House of Hope" on my channel (Eric Beaty Creations), and the videos—33 in all—should pull right up.
Section 9 is where the real fun begins: applying what you've learned about arpeggios so far in the context of actual Bluegrass Fiddle Tunes.
BONUS: I've included an mp3 file of the "Angeline the Baker" backing track from Free Bluegrass Backing Tracks website in the "Resources" area of this lecture.
The next great fiddle tune you'll learn to apply your arpeggio knowledge to next is one of my favorites: "Ashokan Farewell."
(If you like this tune, you should also check out "Maiden's Prayer.")
BONUS: I've included an mp3 file of the "Ashokan Farewell" backing track from Free Bluegrass Backing Tracks website in the "Resources" area of this lecture. I've also included a bonus transcription of my interpretation of the song—with additional arpeggios—for your learning pleasure!