How to Play Man of Constant Sorrow by Nick Amodeo (Guitar Lesson)


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Nick Amodeo

Man of Constant Sorrow

Welcome to the song lesson of "Man of Constant Sorrow" presented by Nick Amodeo! Nick demonstrates his take on this classic bluegrass tune.

Taught by Nick Amodeo in Songs with Nick Amodeo seriesLength: 20:04Difficulty: 1.5 of 5


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cdgriffincdgriffin replied on May 20th, 2016

the lesson was awesome.I get a lot of insight in these lessons.I should have been here years ago

cdgriffincdgriffin replied on May 20th, 2016

the lesson was awesome.I get a lot of insight in these lessons.I should have been here years ago

SteveAikenSteveAiken replied on February 1st, 2015

That was fun. Good lesson, thanks

tim rubletim ruble replied on May 31st, 2014

I have learned more since finding jamplay and your lessons than I had in many years trying to teach my self . A little knowledge goes a long way. Thanks

maxq71maxq71 replied on April 17th, 2013

Like the tune and lesson. More please!

kennekenne replied on February 9th, 2013

There's not a thing wrong with your vocal skills; appropriate to this tune, very nicely done Nick.

scotty09scotty09 replied on August 19th, 2012

great lesson more please!

rossnorthroprossnorthrop replied on September 7th, 2012

Is that a Tim Rice Santa Cruz you're playing? Is it Spruce and rosewood? It sounds sweet!

rossnorthroprossnorthrop replied on September 10th, 2012

I mean a Tony Rice not Tim ? Sorry.

Nick.AmodeoNick.Amodeo replied on September 10th, 2012

yep, its a 1988 santa cruz tony rice.

aquiguillermoaquiguillermo replied on June 22nd, 2012

Enjoyed this lesson !!! Great tune. Thanks Nick-

johnnyrockitjohnnyrockit replied on June 15th, 2012

Well what can I say Nick this hits the spot! I love it!

johnnyrockitjohnnyrockit replied on May 30th, 2012

Thank you so much for this Nick I gotta get on it now after Doc Watson's passing May God Rest his soul and I'll see ya' all both in the sweet by & by!

c_w_hartc_w_hart replied on May 12th, 2012

I don't typically play this style, but I enjoyed this lesson very much.

Nick.AmodeoNick.Amodeo replied on March 26th, 2012

whoops...i accidentally erased tspots question. im using medium gauge d'addario strings. (EJ17s)

tspott07tspott07 replied on March 28th, 2012

thanks man much appreciated response! I love the tone of your guitar btw. Fun song, pretty easy to pick up. The toughest part for me was actually the strumming patter

dagaldagal replied on March 23rd, 2012

Awesome instruction on a great song. Thanks Nick!

dagaldagal replied on March 23rd, 2012

Awesome instruction on a great song. Thanks Nick!

bkuhlmannbkuhlmann replied on February 11th, 2012

For someone playing 2 years or less this is a 3 in level of difficulty.

jr77jr77 replied on February 4th, 2012

Love this tune! I'm always amazed when songs turn out to be easier than they sound - not that I can play it well, yet, but I will! Thanks for a great lesson!

rockgremlinrockgremlin replied on January 12th, 2012

This is my very first tune on the guitar. Thanks for the great lesson! My family all thinks I'm a pro now! :)

commanderviccommandervic replied on January 9th, 2012

Hey Nick Really like your lessons. Very articulate, very knowledgeable and delivered in a very understandable way. Please post more material!!!

bigjimgtrbigjimgtr replied on December 4th, 2011

Cool tune, slick lil' acoustic riffs....great lesson!!!

gotatelegotatele replied on November 25th, 2011

now onto temperance reel, have a feeling that will be much harder

gotatelegotatele replied on November 25th, 2011

thanks nick, using the first and third fingers for the D chord notes, really helped me to play it better with the free middle finger for the hammer ons, thanks

nmoundnmound replied on November 17th, 2011

Very nice...thank you!!!

stratmusicstratmusic replied on November 16th, 2011

Excellent lesson!

mkorsmomkorsmo replied on November 14th, 2011

Really cool lesson!

tom474etom474e replied on November 13th, 2011

cool

tarocattarocat replied on November 13th, 2011

I'm beginning guitar level but this is one of my all-time favorite tunes. I'll learn it eventually. More songs like this please. Watching your videos from Thailand. Thanks so much, Tony

dj.phillipsdj.phillips replied on November 13th, 2011

Awesome!

tedilasllavestedilasllaves replied on November 12th, 2011

Dude you rock! Have you any idea how much I'm gonna blow people away with this at my local open mic?

videorovvideorov replied on November 12th, 2011

Glad to see this lesson. Im looking forward to playing this. Thankyou for teaching this, its a great song.

Don.SDon.S replied on November 11th, 2011

Suh-weet, especially for a Soggy Bottom Boy.

justapickerjustapicker replied on November 11th, 2011

Love it! GREAT Nick!

AaronMillerAaronMiller replied on November 11th, 2011

Love this song! Great job Nick!

mkorsmomkorsmo replied on November 11th, 2011

I dig it!

Nick.AmodeoNick.Amodeo replied on November 11th, 2011

terrible singing alert!

mkorsmomkorsmo replied on November 14th, 2011

False alarm.

Jason.MounceJason.Mounce replied on November 11th, 2011

Like this tune!

Songs with Nick Amodeo

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Nick demonstrates some or your favorite songs with a bluegrass background.



Lesson 1

Man of Constant Sorrow

Welcome to the song lesson of "Man of Constant Sorrow" presented by Nick Amodeo! Nick demonstrates his take on this classic bluegrass tune.

Length: 20:04 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Temperance Reel

Nick demonstrates the classic song "Temperance Reel." This song features a mix of Celtic and bluegrass sounds and is a fantastic intermediate song to learn.

Length: 36:24 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

Forked Deer

Nick introduces the fantastic bluegrass song "Forked Deer." Utilizing a capo, this is a great song lesson to help apply some basic bluegrass techniques.

Length: 34:04 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

Shady Grove

Nick Amodeo demonstrates the chords and a few different versions of the melody to the traditional bluegrass tune called "Shady Grove".

Length: 22:43 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only

About Nick Amodeo View Full Biography 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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