Bluegrass Guitarpeggios
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Bluegrass Guitarpeggios

Connecting the Dots to Unlocking the Fretboard with Arpeggios
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Created by Eric Beaty
Last updated 2/2019
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This course includes
  • 3.5 hours on-demand video
  • 24 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • 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

Who this course is for:
  • 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
Course content
Expand all 43 lectures 03:31:07
+ Introduction
2 lectures 22:31

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.

Preview 06:11

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.

BONUS Video: Fretboard Diagrams Overview
+ Arpeggios Defined
6 lectures 33:41

Learn the definition and application of arpeggios, especially where Bluegrass guitar is concerned.

BONUS: This lecture contains a bonus Arpeggio Diagram.

What Are Arpeggios?

Learn how to understanding triads will help you further understand Arpeggios and their application. Specifically deals with  Major triads.

Major Triads

Learn the formula for Minor triads to help you further understand Arpeggios and their application.

Preview 01:45

In addition to Major and Minor triads, using Diminished and Augmented triads will give your playing a more edgy quality.

Diminished & Augmented Triads

Wide intervals are the key to understanding what makes arpeggios sound so great!

Preview 04:01

Rather than playing around with ordinary intervals, you can add arpeggio extensions to give your playing more sonic context and excitement.

Arpeggio Extensions
+ CAGED Arpeggio Shapes
3 lectures 15:28

Here's a basic overview of how the CAGED Method is such a useful tool for locating arpeggio patterns.

BONUS: This lecture contains a bonus Arpeggio Diagram.

Overview of The CAGED Method

The Major CAGED shapes are the main shapes used in the method. Learning them will help you understand the minor shapes in greater detail.

Major CAGED Shapes

The Minor CAGED shapes are derived from their counterpart Major shapes. These provide many of the great sounds heard by such legendary players as Tony Rice.

Minor CAGED Shapes
+ Arpeggio Exercises
7 lectures 25:25

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.

F to D Exercise

Learn how to connect arpeggios together using the main notes of each pattern for easier memorization of each shape.

Preview 03:45

This exercise covers the (Alternate) D/C and A CAGED shapes.

D to A Exercise

Now, we move into learning exercises for the Minor CAGED shapes, beginning with Fm to Dm.

Preview 03:54

In this lecture, I'll show you how to get from the Dm shape to the Bm/Am shape.

Dm to Bm Exercise

This lecture may be short, but it packs a punch. If you've never used open string transitions to your advantage, I'll show you how with these open string arpeggio exercises.

Open String Arpeggio Exercises

Some final tips for getting the feel for arpeggios under your fingers so you'll be able to effortlessly transition to each shape in your playing.

Final Arpeggio Exercise Tips
+ Octave Arpeggio Shapes
5 lectures 21:11

A brief overview of what I mean when referring to Octave Arpeggio Shapes.

BONUS: This lecture contains a bonus Arpeggio Diagram.

Octave Shapes Introduction

Some simple examples of how to practice and visualize octave shapes and engrain them into your memory—and fingers!

Octave Shape Examples & Practice Strategies

In this lecture, I'll show you how to decide what to do when faced with 5th string root octave shapes.

5th String Root Workarounds

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.

Preview 05:05

Did you know you can use arpeggios with modes? I won't get into thorough detail here. But after watching this lecture, I hope you'll have a better understanding of how to apply arpeggios in modal playing.

Using Octave Shapes for Modes
+ Arpeggios & Fretboard Navigation
6 lectures 14:48

In this section of lectures, we'll begin diving deeper into understanding how to better navigate the fretboard with the use of arpeggios. We begin with learning how to connect chord shapes.

Connecting Chord Shapes

In this lecture, I'll show you how to visualize arpeggio connections by using root notes.

Connecting Root Notes

This lecture deals with understanding how to utilize various intervals within arpeggios for easier connective visualization.

Preview 00:56

When you begin to see arpeggios as repeatable shapes, your knowledge of the fretboard will increase by leaps and bounds.

Connecting Repeatable Shapes

How do you get from one place to another on the fretboard? You use arpeggios as transitions, of course!

Arpeggios as Transitions

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!

Preview 02:57
+ Real-World Arpeggios
5 lectures 20:52

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).

Using Trello for Real-World Examples

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.

"Don't Think Twice" Intro/Fill Arp (w/ BONUS video)

In this lecture, I'll share with you the famous intro line from Tony Rice's song "Manzanita" and how I consider it to be an arpeggio.

"Manzanita" Arp (w/ BONUS video)

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.)

Preview 03:22

In this lecture, I'll give you the rundown one or two of Tony Rice's signature arpeggios.

Tony Rice Signature Arps
+ More Real-World Arpeggios
6 lectures 28:59

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.

Preview 09:11

Here's an extended version of the signature arpeggio by Tony Rice I showed you in Section 7.

Tony Rice Signature Arp (Extended)

Here's a great arpeggio Tony Rice plays while teaching "Shenandoah" in one of his masterclass courses.

BONUS: I've included a video to the Shenandoah lesson in the "Resources" area of this lecture. Be sure to watch for the arpeggio I teach you.

The Shenandoah "Quick" Arp (w/ BONUS video)

I hear this arpeggio phrase constantly in slower Tony Rice Drop D tunes—for instance, "Shenandoah" above!

BONUS: Check out the "Resources" area for another place in the "Shenandoah" lesson video where Tony closes the song with this arpeggio.

Tony Rice Drop D Tag Arp (w/ BONUS video)

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.

Bluer Shade of Green Arp (w/ BONUS video)

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.

Preview 04:21
+ Arpeggio Fiddle Tune Solos
2 lectures 18:36

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.

"Angeline the Baker" (w/ BONUS jam track)

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!

Preview 10:03
+ Conclusion & Tips
1 lecture 09:36

In this last section of the course, I'll share with you some final tips for incorporating arpeggios into your playing and practice. I'll also share the main places online where you can check out my many other offerings.

Conclusion & Tips