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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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.

Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Nick Amodeo introduces the Bluegrass Series and explains what to expect in the following...

Length: 2:27
Lesson 2

History and Influence...

Nick discusses the history of bluegrass and the influence it has had on other styles of...

Length: 27:44
Lesson 3

Bluegrass Instruments...

Nick explains the musical role that each instrument plays in a bluegrass band.

Length: 17:01
Lesson 4

Bluegrass Chords

Nick explains how to play some of the most commonly used chords in the bluegrass genre.

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Lesson 5

Right Hand Techniques

Welcome to a right hand "boot camp" with Nick Amodeo! In this lesson, Nick demonstrates...

Length: 24:48
Lesson 6

Right Hand Boot Camp

Nick Amodeo continues his discussion of picking technique in this installment of right...

Length: 24:33
Lesson 7

Crosspicking Techniques

Nick presents several exercises that develop string skipping and crosspicking technique.

Length: 23:35
Lesson 8

Common Bluegrass Scale...

Nick covers some exercises and scales that develop left hand technique.

Length: 33:15
Lesson 9

Bluegrass Ornaments

Nick explains how to play various slurs such as slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs. Also...

Length: 30:54
Lesson 10

Bluegrass Right Hand...

Nick covers some basic bluegrass strumming patterns.

Length: 12:23
Lesson 11

Left Hand Boot Camp

Nick covers some of the most commonly used scale patterns in bluegrass.

Length: 31:45
Lesson 12

Nine Pound Hammer

Nick applies fundamental guitar techniques from previous lessons to the song "Nine Pound...

Length: 31:39
Lesson 13

Texas Gales

Nick demonstrates his interpretation of "Texas Gales." You might say this one will blow...

Length: 38:30
Lesson 14

Cross Picking: Home...

Nick teaches the song "Home Sweet Home" and uses it to demonstrate cross picking techniques....

Length: 57:24

Join Nick Amodeo as he teaches both a simple and a more complex rendition of some popular bluegrass fiddle tunes.

Lesson 1

Over The Waterfall

Join Nick as he teaches two different versions of Over The Waterfall: one with a simple...

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Lesson 2

Blackberry Blossom

Learn a basic melody to Blackberry Blossom and then when you've mastered that, take on...

Length: 28:15
Lesson 3

Bury Me Beneath The...

Join Nick as he teaches another great fiddle tune, Bury Me Beneath The Willow. Learn...

Length: 30:31