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Nick Amodeo

Right Hand Boot Camp

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

Taught by Nick Amodeo in Bluegrass with Nick Amodeo seriesLength: 24:33Difficulty: 3.0 of 5


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harley424harley424 replied on February 9th, 2016

much better

harley424harley424 replied on February 9th, 2016

you talk to much...play more and show more....quit talking so [email protected]!!!!

GregGPGregGP replied on November 1st, 2015

Great exercise if you repeat it all until it's second nature.

hello peoplehello people replied on July 30th, 2012

Hmm...up and down picking with different up and down and different rests and accents for different types of rhythms/ beats/ counting...something I've never consciously paid attention to...but I can see I will need to learn it and get it all in my head if I want to get good.

carlosmacmartincarlosmacmartin replied on May 24th, 2011

Holding the fingers away from the palm creates more tension in the hand.You can feel it immediately when you hold the pick between the thumb & index finger and then open the middle,ring,& pinky.Two different sets of muscles (extensors and flexors) are being used in opposing motion.Aaron Shearer wrote plenty on the subject of the hands for classical guitar but applies here as well.

jnc51jnc51 replied on April 26th, 2011

Great Excercise. I need that alternating type excercise; it's going to be tough with a metronome.

stratmusicstratmusic replied on March 14th, 2011

Your analogy for the Rest Stroke and the Price is Right Wheel is great. haha. That made me laugh...it is so right on. Great exercises here Nick. Thanks!

Bluegrass with Nick Amodeo

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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 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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