A sub-genre of country music which blends improvising with folk-like melodies. Pioneered by Bill Monroe in the 1930s in the "bluegrass" state. Nick will present flatpick techniques.
Nick Amodeo introduces the Bluegrass Series and explains what to expect in the following lessons.Length: 2:27 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Nick discusses the history of bluegrass and the influence it has had on other styles of music.Length: 27:44 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Nick explains the musical role that each instrument plays in a bluegrass band.Length: 17:01 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Nick explains how to play some of the most commonly used chords in the bluegrass genre.Length: 19:42 Difficulty: 2.5 FREE
Welcome to a right hand "boot camp" with Nick Amodeo! In this lesson, Nick demonstrates several picking and strumming exercises that will whip your right hand into shape.Length: 24:48 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Nick Amodeo continues his discussion of picking technique in this installment of right hand "boot camp."Length: 24:33 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Nick presents several exercises that develop string skipping and crosspicking technique.Length: 23:35 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Nick covers some exercises and scales that develop left hand technique.Length: 33:15 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Nick explains how to play various slurs such as slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs. Also included are some common bluegrass licks that utilize these techniques.Length: 30:54 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Nick covers some basic bluegrass strumming patterns.Length: 12:23 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Nick covers some of the most commonly used scale patterns in bluegrass.Length: 31:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Nick applies fundamental guitar techniques from previous lessons to the song "Nine Pound Hammer."Length: 31:39 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Nick demonstrates his interpretation of "Texas Gales." You might say this one will blow you away!Length: 38:30 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Nick teaches the song "Home Sweet Home" and uses it to demonstrate cross picking techniques. Nick also covers the chords, and a chord with melody version to correspond with a picked version he has created.Length: 57:24 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
About Nick Amodeo
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Nick Amodeo is a multi-instrumentalist based out of Denver, Colorado. A self taught musician, he took up guitar at age 12 before moving on to mandolin and electric bass. He is the 2005 Colorado state mandolin champion, and was featured on the 2007 Downbeat magazine Blues Album of the Year, Otis Taylor’s “Definition of a Circle.”
Nick has shared the stage with such artists as Buddy Guy, Chuck Campbell, Mollie O’Brien, Nick Forster and Pete Wernick of Hot Rize, and many others. Nick currently is the mandolin department at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado and has over 10 years teaching experience.
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