Learn roots music and techniques from Nashville session player Guthrie Trapp.
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Nashville session player Guthrie Trapp provides lessons on country guitar, roots music and session playing.Begin the Course
JamPlay introduces Nashville session player Guthrie Trapp! In this first segment, Guthrie talks a little about his influences, style, and how his upbringing influenced his playing. He also provides an overview of what he'll be teaching in his series.
To get his lesson series off the ground, Guthrie provides a lesson on the basic rhythm types and picking techniques he utilizes. He'll build on these topics and techniques as his series progresses.
Now that Guthrie has discussed foundational rhythm playing, he hops on over to the country side of things. In this lesson, Guthrie discusses how he uses Jimi Hendrix as an influence to create swinging country rhythms that include chicken pickin'.
Continuing with his rhythm style studies, Guthrie Trapp provides a lesson on some of the swing and blues styles that he uses in his session playing. He discusses chord voicings and easy ways to get around the neck.
In the fifth lesson of his artist series, Guthrie Trapp detours a little and talks about fundamental funk ideas. Specifically, he talks about rhythmic features of the genre and how he attacks them.
In lesson six of his artist series, Guthrie begins an in depth discussion of the hybrid picking style. This technique forms the foundation for many of the rhythm and lead parts associated with the Nashville sound. Guthrie provides an exercise meant to increase your accuracy and speed. He also takes a brief look at the chicken pickin' style that he'll be covering in more detail later.
Guthrie is back with another Nashville style lesson in his artist series. In this lesson, he takes a lick-based approach to double stop ideas and a few country kick-offs.
One of the staples of the Nashville sound is the use of open ringing strings in licks. In lesson eight, Guthrie discusses open string ideas and demonstrates several licks to get you started.
The Memphis style borrows heavily from the soul and R&B genres. In this lesson, Guthrie covers some typical licks you'll find in this style and discusses how to translate these licks across the fingerboard.
It's fairly easy to get lost on the fretboard when trying to play low or high. Using familiar chord shapes, Guthrie discusses how you can orient yourself on the fretboard and keep from getting lost. This opens up additional rhythmic and solo opportunities for you.
In lesson 11 of his artist series, Guthrie Trapp explains how to play steel type bends on the guitar. He discusses the techniques and provides some exercises that will help you bend in tune.
Now that Guthrie has provided information on basic country bending and lap steel style bends, he takes that knowledge to the next step. In this lesson, Guthrie covers more flair and technique that you can add to your country bending. He also discusses bending behind the nut in more detail.
Nashville session player Guthrie Trapp is back with a look at several country kick-offs that you can use in your playing. These phrases happen shortly after the beginning of traditional country tunes and help "kick off" the song.
Guthrie Trapp returns to his artist series with a look at how he tackles improvisation and solos on the guitar.
Guthrie Trapp is back with a first look at how he approaches soloing. He calls this a "hillbilly jazz" approach that tends to outline chord tones without the need for much theoretical knowledge.
In this artist lecture, Guthrie Trapp talks about the Nashville session scene and what it takes to cut it as a session musician. He discusses how gigs are pulled together and some of the knowledge you'll need as a musician in order to be successful.
Guthrie Trapp is back with a short lecture on how he has his rig setup, what gear he uses and what's necessary to be a successful Nashville session player.
Now that you've learned some of the tricks Guthrie uses in his solos, it's time to apply what you've learned. In this lesson, Guthrie provides a solo over a rhythm track and discusses how he created the solo.
Guthrie Trapp is back with another practical solo application. This time he's playing over a country groove with a bit of funk in there as well.
Guthrie Trapp touched on some funk soloing in his previous lesson. For this one, he's taking a look at the funk genre specifically. He also discusses how to build a solo and some things to think about to keep it memorable.
Guthrie is back with another take on soloing over a comping pattern. In this lesson, he takes a look at more soulful playing and the use of minor tonalities.
For Guthrie Trapp's next demonstration on solo technique, he discusses how he gets around the neck when the underlying track requires a fast paced solo.
To wrap up his solo technique lessons and the series, Guthrie takes a look at his approach to soloing in minor keys.
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"Down to earth"
These are some very valuable lessons for me. I only wish more instructors were this clear and non-repetitive.
A master in action. Wow!
excellent lesson. thanks
Good teacher. Easy to understand.
great approach to rhythm playing
Great teacher. I've learned more from him in one lesson than many other full series! Not to mention the fact that Guthrie is a monster player. Very soulful too!
Great unassuming teacher
Guthrie is a great guitarist and a good teacher. A lot of these are advanced lessons in the country lead guitar style so you must have some theory background to grasp some concepts. I loved the western swing demonstrations. Thanks!
Guthrie is it for me. I think I'll be with Guthrie all the way to the end. Then I'll pick up some other styles. But he is one of my all time idols. It's great to see what he does up close
Guthrie Trapp is such a pro, and one that's not afraid to share his amazing skill and knowledge.
i like when the tabs are embedded/interact with the videos,, i suppose some instructors use such software at jam play.. but yes,, i did find the tab,, still learning my way around this site. ty for sharing too! I am looking forward to learning
I love Guthrie and I love this lesson!
I wish there was the option of buying a single lesson like this for a buck or two like on GuitarInstructor but with a downloadable tab like on TrueFire.
This guy’s a bad bad man
lots of improv ideas!
Love the way he teaches. He shows me how to play not what to play. thanks guthrie
Nice blues licks, good lesson. Great standard at jam play. Lots of talent here. Thanks for caring about quality at jam play.
Please more funk
Thanks for the keith mini harmonic trick, was cool.
Thanks. Acoustic player looking to start with a Tele and this helped a lot. Much appreciated.
This content is fantastic. Would love to see even more from Guthrie. Going more into his style, coutry guitar, or rhythym playing in general.
Totally outside my "comfort" area and it was great!
Trapp is a master!
Very cool- my very first lesson to watch here. I think, i will be seeing more of that stuff. Thanks, have a good day best regards, Matthias
Well presented, easy to understand instruction. Awesome, talented teacher.
What a great player and cool lessons