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Nick Amodeo

Series Introduction

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

Taught by Nick Amodeo in Bluegrass with Nick Amodeo seriesLength: 2:27Difficulty: 0.5 of 5


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mpiechowiczmpiechowicz replied on June 16th, 2016

a nice short intro the gets into it, that's what I like!

rarebird0rarebird0 replied on September 6th, 2013

Geez, another teacher who uses a guitar with no (or only one in you case) fret markers that are visible to the students. It may seem like a little thing but you have dots on the side to cue from. If you call out fret numbers and students don't know how to cue off their own to find, say, the 9th fret or w/e, it can confuse and actually be part of why someone decides not to subscribe without even knowing it. It ought to be JamPlay policy to cover this base with a policy to have instructors do videos with guitars with fret markers (dots, blocks, birdies et al) visible to your clients. I'll bill you for my consulting advice.

carlosmacmartincarlosmacmartin replied on May 24th, 2011

I found what I was looking for!!!

jnc51jnc51 replied on April 25th, 2011

Just starting this series. I've never tried Bluegrass and don't know many tunes but I ove the sound and there is an active local club here in town that has workshops and jam sessions in which they invte the public to participate. I'm hoping this series gets me going to geater involvement with that local club.I think it would be fun to play along with others.

nash24nash24 replied on February 23rd, 2011

Thanks for teaching!! Anxious to do some learning!!!!

stratmusicstratmusic replied on February 23rd, 2011

Welcome Nick! I am really excited to get into some Bluegrass flatpicking and I look forward to your series.

joe1950joe1950 replied on February 23rd, 2011

Hi, Nick... Judging from the way you play, I think I am going to really like these lessons. I certainly will be watching for more lessons. Welcome.

Bluegrass with Nick Amodeo

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

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 lessons.

Length: 2:27 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

History and Influence of Bluegrass

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

Length: 27:44 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Bluegrass Instruments and Influence

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

Length: 17:01 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

Bluegrass Chords

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

Length: 19:42 Difficulty: 2.5 FREE
Lesson 5

Right Hand Techniques

Welcome to a right hand "boot camp" with Nick Amodeo! In this lesson, Nick demonstrates several picking and strumming exercises that will whip your right hand into shape.

Length: 24:48 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Right Hand Boot Camp

Nick Amodeo continues his discussion of picking technique in this installment of right hand "boot camp."

Length: 24:33 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Crosspicking Techniques

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

Length: 23:35 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 8

Common Bluegrass Scale Exercise

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

Length: 33:15 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Bluegrass Ornaments

Nick explains how to play various slurs such as slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs. Also included are some common bluegrass licks that utilize these techniques.

Length: 30:54 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 10

Bluegrass Right Hand Rhythm

Nick covers some basic bluegrass strumming patterns.

Length: 12:23 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

Left Hand Boot Camp

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

Length: 31:45 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 12

Nine Pound Hammer

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

Length: 31:39 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Lesson 13

Texas Gales

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

Length: 38:30 Difficulty: 4.0 Members Only
Lesson 14

Cross Picking: Home Sweet Home

Nick teaches the song "Home Sweet Home" and uses it to demonstrate cross picking techniques. Nick also covers the chords, and a chord with melody version to correspond with a picked version he has created.

Length: 57:24 Difficulty: 3.5 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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