How to Play Shady Grove by Nick Amodeo (Guitar Lesson)


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Nick Amodeo

Shady Grove

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

Taught by Nick Amodeo in Songs with Nick Amodeo seriesLength: 22:43Difficulty: 2.5 of 5


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frank13frank13 replied on March 5th, 2014

I feel like an idiot. I cannot follow what you're doing in the melody on the tab pdf provided with this lesson.

frank13frank13 replied on March 6th, 2014

ok my bad, figured it out :)

jonisenjonisen replied on November 20th, 2013

Nick what is the tempo set at when I use the metronome? What tempo should one first try???

musician212musician212 replied on June 9th, 2013

Ahh, I have always wanted to learn this song off the Pizza Tapes! Awesome job teaching it! Learned alot from it and can now play it! Thanks Nick!!

gdmcelroygdmcelroy replied on May 1st, 2013

Nick, Really like you instruction but I need the lyrics with the chords.

johnhenryjohnhenry replied on February 24th, 2013

Yep, Shady Grove is a variation of the English ballad, Matty Groves. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matty_Groves Dramatic and violent. Good versions by the Strangelings on YouTube. Pizza Tapes and in particular Shady Grove is what motivated me to learn guitars. As you alluded to, it would be cool to juxtapose with a Major rendition of Shady Grove. Thanks for the great lesson.

smiley fockersmiley focker replied on October 9th, 2012

Nick, this is very cool. Was wondering if you could include lyrics and where they are in relation to the notes in your pdf file.

Nick.AmodeoNick.Amodeo replied on October 20th, 2012

howdy smiley, i probably could do that, provided i had any idea how to ... :)

smiley fockersmiley focker replied on November 8th, 2012

Lol, I've been praticing this song like you wouldn't believe, I figure in about 10 years I'll actually be pretty decent at it.

smiley fockersmiley focker replied on November 8th, 2012

P.S. My fingertips hurt! :(

jpoff15jpoff15 replied on October 5th, 2012

Sweet! Love bluegrass and it just a fun song to play.

johnnyrockitjohnnyrockit replied on September 24th, 2012

Awesome working on it Nickmeister!!!

Don.SDon.S replied on August 3rd, 2012

Nick, how DO you get your fingers to do that? I know, practice, practice, practice. Working on it here.

richardrhodesrichardrhodes replied on August 3rd, 2012

Nick- you call it 2/2. Isn't it 2/4- two beats in the measure but a quarter note gets one beat, right?

briggsabriggsa replied on July 29th, 2012

This tune is on one of my favorite albums,the Pizza Tapes - Garcia, Grisman, and Tony Rice. I lovey your interpretation of this tune, very nicely doen. I'm working through it. Would love to simialr...Like Rosa Lee Mcfall?? :) Thanks for the great lessons Nick!

01justmee01justmee replied on June 3rd, 2012

I like this one alot..as a beginner it is going to help me out in the picking of singal notes..need some practice there lol...Ty very much appreciated

echochickechochick replied on June 3rd, 2012

got hooked on bluegrass while working thru ur bootcamp serie (luved it) so thanks for that :) flatpicking is jst sooooo FUN! and the more i play this tune the more i like it,,, some songs r like that eh?

leibnizleibniz replied on June 2nd, 2012

Great lesson. Really enjoyed it. We want more!

Nick.AmodeoNick.Amodeo replied on May 31st, 2012

correction, i say this song is in the "key" of D minor. i should have said its treated more like a modal tune...(the D minor acts as the I chord, but it uses the chords in the key of C). my apologizes.

Don.SDon.S replied on May 30th, 2012

Great lesson, Nick. I hope to be able to do Shady Grove justice some day.

Canyon HikerCanyon Hiker replied on May 30th, 2012

Awesome tune Nick...great fun to play. Keep 'em coming!

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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
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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
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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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