A sub-genre of country music which blends improvising with folk-like melodies. Pioneered by Bill Monroe in the 1930s in the "bluegrass" state. Learning to flatpick properly is absolutely crucial to the Bluegrass style.
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Orville will cover proper Bluegrass flatpicking technique and move on to teach a plethora of classic Bluegrass tunes.Begin the Course
Orville Johnson starts out his Bluegrass Flatpicking Series with a lesson on alternate picking, a technique that is absolutely essential to almost all guitar styles.
Orville teaches a classic song called "John Hardy" in the style of Mother Maybelle Carter.
Orville teaches the classic song "Bill Cheatum" in the bluegrass flatpicking style.
Orville Johnson explains how to play the classic song "Blackberry Blossom" in the bluegrass flatpicking style.
Orville Johnson shows how the classic bluegrass fiddle tune "Whiskey Before Breakfast" can be adapted to the guitar.
Orville Johnson teaches how "Billy in the Lowground," a classic fiddle tune, can be adapted to bluegrass style guitar.
Orville Johnson teaches the classic bluegrass song "Salt Creek."
Orville Johnson teaches the classic buegrass song "Midnight on the Water."
Orville Johnson teaches a solo guitar version of the classic song "The Wayfaring Stranger."
Orville Johnson demonstrates the classic bluegrass song "The Eighth of January."
Orville Johnson teaches "Over the Waterfall."
Orville Johnson demonstrates one of the most widely used bluegrass licks. This lick is named after "Lester Flatt" and simply called the "Lester Flatt G Lick."
Orville Johnson explains how to play the classic song "June Apple."
Orville Johnson teaches a bluegrass guitar version of the classic song "Soldier's Joy."
Orville Johnson teaches the "The Arkansas Traveler" in the key of D.
Orville Johnson teaches his version of "I Don't Love Nobody."
Orville Johnson covers the classic tune "Old Joe Clark."
Orville Johnson continues building your bluegrass fiddle tune repertoire with another great song called "The Red-Haired Boy."
Orville Johnson teaches "Black Mountain Rag" in the key of E.
In continuation of his previous lesson, Orville Johnson teaches "Black Mountain Rag" in the key of A.
Orville Johnson takes a look at the bluegrass standard "St. Anne's Reel".
In this lesson, Orville Johnson teaches a fantastic new tune called "Glory in the Meeting House".
In his latest Flatpicking Bluegrass lesson, Orville Johnson teaches a tune called "Under the Double Eagle".
Orville Johnson continues building your bluegrass flatpicking repertoire with another great tune called "Crossing The Big Sandy River".
Orville Johnson teaches another great bluegrass flatpicking tune called "When He Calls Me".
Orville Johnson teaches "Ragtime Annie," another bluegrass tune to add to your repertoire.
Orville Johnson continues to build your bluegrass fiddle tune repertoire with a fun tune called "Bonaparte's Retreat".
Orville Johnson takes a look at another fiddle tune called "Reuben's Train" in this lesson.
Orville Johnson takes a look at a fun song called "Turkey in the Straw" in this lesson.
In this lesson, Orville introduces an exercise called "The Mirror Technique." This is a technique that will improve the communication between your picking hand and fretting hand.
Welcome to yet another lesson on picking exercises! Orville demonstrates how to achieve double picking and triplet picking techniques that are common in all musical styles.
This traditional song offers the standard A and B parts and is another essential song to add to your repertoire of tunes that can be played with friends.
Orville teaches a blues melody in G major and also explains how to "comp" or accompany/compliment the melody with the Freddie Green rhythm.
Orville reopens the subject of lead techniques. He presents ideas on how to successfully build a solo and understand how to leave space to be most effective when playing with others.
Time to design a solo! Orville breaks down the techniques needed to build a successful solo while both explaining space and scale theory.
This lesson is all about harmonic structure. Orville uses the theory taught in the previous lesson to help you choose the correct notes when building a solo.
How about another classic bluegrass tune? "Bully of the Town" offers up a chance to use a capo and apply key change techniques.
Orville Johnson is back to his bluegrass flatpicking series. In this lesson, he discusses and teaches "The Beaumont Rag". This tune serves as a great picking exercise and is also a ton of fun to play!
Orville Johnson shows how to play a classic Bluegrass tune entitled "Cherokee Shuffle." It's fun, slightly challenging and sounds great.
Orville Johnson travels back in time to teach a classic song called "Banks of the Ohio." Though this tune features a rather sordid narrative lyrically, the music is still quick, upbeat and fun to play.
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The material is well prepared and presented
All of the above. Thanks!
Thanks especially for all the suggestions in scene 5. You're very good in your lessons at pointing out helpful hints that may seem obvious to a seasoned player but not at all to a beginner.
Great lesson and enjoyable/humorous ta boot. Thanks!
Great lesson with catchy tune. Thank you.
Great song explained clearly.
He did a great job and opened some Key of D notes for me.
i like the teacher, he is easy to understand and it is just what i needed to bring my guitar back to life.
I look forward to returning
I really liked the teacher in the way he simplified the song and was detailed. A very good lesson.
I really love the teacher and how he explains each individual phrase! This is exactly what I needed!
I thought the lesson was very straightforward. I did like the teacher very much as well. He came across as a real instructor, something many good players cannot do. The arrangement was simplistic, and very good for many beginning and intermedia
Im so releived! Ive finally found a style and teacher that agree with me! I love how I can see what he's doing and how he walks me through the song string by string. Thank you sooo much!
Nicely done - my first complete lesson on Jamplay - very good.
Orville is a fantastic musician and teacher. I am 79 and hard of hearing but I hear him perfectly at low volume. This is THE guy I've been looking for...and he doesn't have an ego.
Orville is a good teacher, no question about it...
Orville was great at the recent Reso Summit in Nashville and it would be good if you expanded your lessons to include Lap Steel and Dobro by Orville.
Such a great guitarist, teacher and communicator.
thanks. always enjoyed this tune.
The radio buttons don't allow the option of selecting all three!
This has been a family favorite. Sounded the way my Aunt and Uncle played it on piano. They would bounce off the bench 6" when they played it.
This will be fun!
We're going to get along just fine
Yep all is good, easy to understand and do enjoy my time with jamplay