Style of Grateful Dead

Dave Issacs goes in depth on different techniques and styles of The Grateful Dead. From Jerry Garcia to Bob Weir, you gain insight into the diverse style of The Grateful Dead.

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Dave Issacs goes in depth on different techniques and styles of The Grateful Dead. From Jerry Garcia to Bob Weir, you gain insight into the diverse style of The Grateful Dead.

Lessons in this Series:

David Isaacs Guitar Lessons Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Series Introduction to "The Style of Grateful Dead"

Length: 5:22 Difficulty: 0.0 Member Only
David Isaacs Guitar Lessons Lesson 2

Rhythm Concept, Bob Weir Chord Voices

In this lesson we will take our first look into Bob Weir's approach to rhythm and voicings.

Length: 14:00 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
David Isaacs Guitar Lessons Lesson 3

Melody Concept, Garcia and the Major Pentatonic

In this Lesson we will take a look at Jerry Garcia's use of the pentatonic scale and ways you can pull melodic ideas out of this scale. You will play over A, G, an E chords and gain an understanding on how Garcia fit them into his guitar playing.

Length: 10:54 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
David Isaacs Guitar Lessons Lesson 4

Melody Concept, Counterpoint

In this lesson we will take our first look into how The Dead would put different melody guitar parts together, to create counterpoints. Dave will guide you through different techniques on how to accomplish this.

Length: 10:46 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
David Isaacs Guitar Lessons Lesson 5

Melody Concept, Bob Weir Counterpoint

In this lesson we will take a look at a counterpoint part that can go along with the lower register melody we looked at in Lesson 4.

Length: 12:46 Difficulty: 0.0 Member Only
David Isaacs Guitar Lessons Lesson 6

Melody Concept, Phrasing Over a Vamp

In this lesson we will take a look on Jerry Garcia's approach to playing over a Vamp, in this lesson we will look at G7 Vamp, or a G Vamp using the mixed Lydian mode

Length: 9:19 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
David Isaacs Guitar Lessons Lesson 7

Rhythm Concept, Polyryhthm

In this lesson we will take another look at rhythm, specifically polyrhythm and how there are different time signatures happening at once. Dave explains and demonstrates how Garcia and Weir would "talk" to each other with their guitars.

Length: 12:17 Difficulty: 2.5 Free Sample Lesson
David Isaacs Guitar Lessons Lesson 8

Rhythm Concept, Polyrhythm cont.

In this lesson we will continue our look at two interactive Polyrhythmic parts in a Bob Weir style. You will work high up the neck using partial chords, octaves and melodic figures.

Length: 12:02 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
David Isaacs Guitar Lessons Lesson 9

Melody Concept, Using Arpeggios

In this lesson you will take a look at the way Jerry Garcia might have used Arpeggio's to play over chord changes. You will learn how to incorporate Arpeggio's into the improvisations.

Length: 11:36 Difficulty: 0.0 Member Only
David Isaacs Guitar Lessons Lesson 10

Harmony Concept, Chromatic Chord Progressions

In this lesson you will get into more advanced harmony and chromatic chord changes. Dave also illustrates some of Bob Weir's chord voicings.

Length: 15:23 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
David Isaacs Guitar Lessons Lesson 11

Melody Concept, Playing Over Chromatic Chord Changes

In this lesson you will take a look at how to play over some more challenging chord progressions. You will learn how to move back and forth between E Major and E Minor.

Length: 13:21 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
David Isaacs Guitar Lessons Lesson 12

Rhythm Concept, Odd Time Signatures

Dave explains how to explore odd time signatures. Specifically looking at 7-4 and putting 2's and 3's together in ways that you wouldn't ordinary think of.

Length: 17:53 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
David Isaacs Guitar Lessons Lesson 13

Melody Concept, Rhythm Groups

In this Lesson you will learn how to look at rhythm groupings and how to use an envelope filter/ Wah-wah pedal for Garcia's unique picking.

Length: 15:09 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
David Isaacs Guitar Lessons Lesson 14

Improvising Odd Time Signatures

In this Lesson Dave expands on the 7-4 and demonstrates the fluidity of shifting odd time signatures. You will also learn about techniques for better improvisation and how to keep track of your playing.

Length: 10:11 Difficulty: 0.0 Member Only
David Isaacs Guitar Lessons Lesson 15

Melody Concept, Arpeggio Sequences

In this Lesson you will take a look at the use of melodic arpeggios and get a taste of different Pentatonic Flavors.

Length: 13:29 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
David Isaacs Guitar Lessons Lesson 16

Melody Concept, Counterpoint

In this lesson you will take a look at a counterpoint part to the arpeggiated melody from the last lesson. You will learn how Bob Weir would utilize this in his playing.

Length: 11:22 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
David Isaacs Guitar Lessons Lesson 17

Rhythm Concept, Floating the One

In this lesson you will learn a technique called "Floating the one". Dave explains and demonstrates a few ways to utilize this in your own playing.

Length: 13:10 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
David Isaacs Guitar Lessons Lesson 18

Free Improvisation and Interaction

In this Lesson you will learn a tricky concept for "organizing" your improvisational skills. Dave will play a part, record it, and then play over that track to demonstrate how to improvise in a "free jam".

Length: 10:54 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
David Isaacs Guitar Lessons Lesson 19

Rhythm Concept, Chord Cycles

In this Lesson Dave teaches us how to apply the idea of sequences from Jerry Garcia's lead playing and goes in depth about the chord cycles.

Length: 10:39 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
David Isaacs Guitar Lessons Lesson 20

Melody Concept, Playing Over Chord Cycles

In this Lesson Dave demonstrates and explains how Jerry Garcia would play over chord cycles. You will learn how to play patterns while the key center shifts.

Length: 11:28 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
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