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Left Hand Boot Camp (Guitar Lesson)


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Nick Amodeo

Left Hand Boot Camp

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

Taught by Nick Amodeo in Bluegrass with Nick Amodeo seriesLength: 31:45Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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PaoloserPaoloser replied on May 25th, 2016

very good exercise! on me has better results playing the contrary direction on the move 8765 frets by preparing all the fingers

louiemodlinglouiemodling replied on January 31st, 2013

Nick, I am 68 yrs old and I've been hobby playing since I was 12 or 13 yrs old. I've been going over your basic lessons. I thought I knew how to use a pick, I thought I knew how to play a scale, but I tried what you taught in the left and right hand and it has in very little time changed my entire approach FOR THE BETTER. I have sore muscle in my right forearm and that is from picking the way you taught; it made me use different muscles; it took away a lot of tension out of my stroke. Just curling my right hand fingers and not pressing a finger or two on my pick guard really helped. Thank you

Nick.AmodeoNick.Amodeo replied on February 1st, 2013

thats great to hear louie. im always glad to know my lessons are helping people. thanks, nick

mycarmycar replied on August 31st, 2012

Sorry,but are Lesson 8 and Lesson 11 exactly the same?

Nick.AmodeoNick.Amodeo replied on September 4th, 2012

scene 8 is a C Major scale. scene 11 is a C minor pentatonic scale.

mycarmycar replied on September 10th, 2012

Sorry, I don't mean the scenes within this particular lesson, but the actual Lesson 8 and Lesson 11, the material covered seems to be exactly the same. thanks

Nick.AmodeoNick.Amodeo replied on September 10th, 2012

oh, youre right! somehow this lesson was posted twice, just under different names.... ill let the guys know about it. good eye!

mycarmycar replied on September 11th, 2012

No problem! By the way, I'm just trying to get really serious about overcoming this mountain that is the initial stages of bluegrass, as in 'being able to play up to performance level speed as written in the notation'..., but anyway, these lessons have just been tremendous. Thank you so much. I really love the different exercises and such. Yes, they're challenging, but well worth it. The only comment I would have so far at this point is, well, more please! Of everything!

coribillcoribill replied on July 7th, 2011

Best exercise is tough!! My left hand cramps and I have to push the 5th & 6th strings away or I end up muting the next higher string. I see the value of this one. Thanks.

fonz17_99fonz17_99 replied on July 2nd, 2011

Nice Santa Cruz!!

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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