Nine Pound Hammer (Guitar Lesson)


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Nick Amodeo

Nine Pound Hammer

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

Taught by Nick Amodeo in Bluegrass with Nick Amodeo seriesLength: 31:39Difficulty: 3.5 of 5


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chendricksmusicchendricksmusic replied on September 29th, 2014

wonderful lesson! This takes it from basic through intermediate and gives a shove towards more! I got a lot out of this and enjoyed your style of teaching.

hello peoplehello people replied on August 4th, 2012

I take it that the tabbed out version of your fast run isn't exactly the same as what you played...but using both the tab and listening to your run together I think I can get it together...thanks

hello peoplehello people replied on August 5th, 2012

I mean not exactly the same as the really fast example you played at the start...but you did say '...goes something like this...' I suppose. I find the 5th, 6th and 7th measures the hardest for some reason.

creeglescreegles replied on October 2nd, 2011

Nick can I recommend you play the full lead melody at a moderate or slow pace at some point? It would be very helpful.

Nick.AmodeoNick.Amodeo replied on October 4th, 2011

skip to 23:00 in scene 5 and i play both versions slowly.

mgunn99mgunn99 replied on July 16th, 2011

Hi Nick. I've been playing for about 9 months using different instructors and songs. Just joined Jamplay recently. I've watched all of your videos and started doing the exercises realizing that I have not learned rhythm correctly or correct technique. You are what I've been looking for. Back to the beginning. Thanks so much. Pls consider doing a full theory video.

Nick.AmodeoNick.Amodeo replied on July 16th, 2011

thanks mgunn. it took me about 8 full years of playing to realize what i was doing was all wrong. i intentionally put all of the technique stuff first to hopefully help others from getting too far down the wrong path. thanks for watching.

nash24nash24 replied on July 11th, 2011

Great lesson Nick. Thanks for going over it slowly. Keep these lessons coming!

stratmusicstratmusic replied on July 11th, 2011

This is a great lesson Nick! I am going to make it a goal to get this song down cleanly and at least ALMOST as fast as you do! Should be a nice challenge for sure. Thanks for doing a lesson on this song. I hope Jamplay keeps more Nick Amodeo lessons coming!

rarsenrarsen replied on July 10th, 2011

Hi Nick, I've started JamPlay a few years ago and followed Steve Eulberg's bluegrass lessons and others instructors of various styles. I have enjoyed and have been able to keep up with your lessons until this lead melody of Nine Pound Hammer. I guess it's the fast tempo of bluegrass that is overwhelming to this intermediate player. Merl Travis on Will The Circle be Unbroken is a lot more doable. Any suggestions on speed besides practice - practice - practice??? Sincerely, Slow Hands Ron

Nick.AmodeoNick.Amodeo replied on July 10th, 2011

hi ron, i recommend practicing it slowly at first. make sure you are playing all of the notes and fingerings properly. once you get all that down, then push yourself to play it a little faster and faster. playing it with a metronome at a slow tempo and gradually speeding up a few beats per minute is a good game plan. (once you get it memorized) but its most important to play it cleanly and in time, whatever the tempo may be..... good luck!

Nick.AmodeoNick.Amodeo replied on July 10th, 2011

also, really make sure you have the proper technique, that is why i spent so much time emphasizing it, because ultimately, poor technique only slows you down....

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
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Length: 24:33 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
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Nick presents several exercises that develop string skipping and crosspicking technique.

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Common Bluegrass Scale Exercise

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Length: 33:15 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
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Bluegrass Ornaments

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Length: 30:54 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
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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
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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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