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Bluegrass Flatpicking Method

Genre and Style Guitar Course from Tyler Grant

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.

25 Lessons

Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.

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Course filmed with 6 cameras for the perfect angles.

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Full Course Breakdown

National Flatpicking champion Tyler Grant will cover the spectrum of unique Bluegrass flatpicking techniques and demonstrate a wide array of Bluegrass flatpicking song lessons.

Begin the Course
1

Series Introduction

Welcome to Tyler Grant's series on bluegrass flatpicking! Tyler offers a vast history of awards and live experience that defines his knowledge of how to successfully accomplish the skill of utilizing a pick on an acoustic guitar.

4:01 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty

2

Fundamentals of Flatpicking Technique

Tyler Grant opens his series by demonstrating proper left and right hand techniques.

28:36 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

3

Understanding Songs and Tunes

Tyler Grant demonstrates and explains the difference between a song and a tune.

7:47 Runtime

1.5 Difficulty

4

C Major Scale in Bluegrass

Tyler introduces the major scale and explains how it is a fundamental component in almost all of bluegrass music. Starting with the C major scale, Tyler provides tools on how to use ear training and numbering techniques to uncover the theory of how melodies are built.

26:17 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

5

Finding Melodies by Ear Using the C Major Scale

Here's an ear training lesson for bluegrass flatpickers. Tyler moves through first position scales and explains how to use numbers and their associated tones to help train your ear so that finding the key melody is much easier.

20:35 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

6

Pentatonic Scale and Blues Language

Tyler covers some key terminology and scales that are used in the bluegrass genre.

19:26 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

7

Song in C Major: New River Train

Tyler applies the scales taught in previous lessons to the melody and solo sections of the tune "New River Train".

15:05 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

8

Tune in C Major: The Gal I Left Behind Me

In lesson eight of his bluegrass flatpicking series, Tyler Grant teaches the tune "The Gal I Left Behind Me". This is another flatpicking study in the key of C.

17:52 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

9

G Major Scale in Bluegrass

Now that you've spent some time learning the C major scale and some melodies based on it, it's time to move on to the the G major scale. In lesson nine, Tyler Grant demonstrates the G major scale and some common applications in bluegrass music.

16:52 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

10

Song in G Major: Banks of the Ohio

Tyler Grant is back with another tune for his Bluegrass Flatpicking series. In this lesson he teaches the traditional tune "Banks of the Ohio," which encompasses the techniques you've learned thus far.

21:32 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

11

Tune in G Major: Miss McLeod's Reel

Continuing on with his flatplicking studies, Tyler Grant offers up a tune lesson in the key of G. He teaches "Miss McLeod's Reel".

17:05 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

12

D Major Scale in Bluegrass

By now, you should be comfortable with the G major scale. Now it's time to tackle another commonly used scale in bluegrass flatpicking. This time Tyler Grant takes you through the D major scale.

17:46 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

13

Tune in D Major: Forked Deer

Tyler Grant is back with another traditional bluegrass standard. "Forked Deer" likely comes originally from old world fiddle tunes, and like "Banks of the Ohio," is good practice for what you've learned in this series so far.

21:31 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

14

Transposing from One Key to Another

Tyler Grant is back with another lesson for his bluegrass flatpicking series. In this lesson, he discusses how to transpose tunes to different keys.

28:43 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

15

Keys of A and E Major

Now that you know how to transpose out of the keys of C and G, it's time to start taking a look at performing in the keys of A and E Major.

13:18 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

16

Variations on Tunes

Tyler Grant is back with a look at how to make variations on the tunes you are playing. This can be done either on the fly through improvisation techniques, or by writing specific variations and arrangements ahead of time.

16:18 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

17

Bluegrass Vocabulary and Useful Licks

Tyler Grant is back with another lesson for his Bluegrass Flatpicking series! In lesson 17, he discusses basic vocabulary that is used in the bluegrass scene and demonstrates how and when those items are used.

23:19 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

18

Guitar Break in C: New River Train

In lesson 18 of his series on bluegrass flatpicking, Tyler Grant discusses the 'guitar break' or solo.

13:17 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

19

Guitar Break in G: Sitting On Top Of The World

In lesson 19 of his bluegrass series, Tyler offers up some thoughts on guitar breaks. To discuss and demonstrate the concept, he uses the song "Sitting On Top Of The World".

13:24 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

20

Guitar Break in D: I'll Fly Away

Much like the previous lesson in this series, lesson 20 is all about solos and guitar breaks. Using the tune "I'll Fly Away," Tyler Grant demonstrates more ideas for guitar breaks and solos.

6:20 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

21

Bluegrass Rhythm and Bass Runs

Tyler Grant is back with lesson 21 in his Bluegrass Flatpicking series. In this lesson, he discusses rhythm tendencies for the genre as well as the addition of bass runs.

24:44 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

22

Bluegrass G-runs

In lesson 22 of his Bluegrass Flatpicking series, Tyler Grant discusses the 'G run'. This is a melodic line typically played in the bass register in G major but can also be used in any key.

9:54 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

23

Tune in A minor: Cold Frosty Morning

Tyler Grant is back with another tune to add to your bluegrass repertoire. "Cold Frosty Morning" gives you some practice playing in a minor key in the bluegrass style.

20:30 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

24

Tune in D minor: Sally In The Garden

Continuing with his instruction in minor keys, Tyler Grant offers up the tune "Sally in the Garden". This tune is in the key of D minor.

19:51 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

25

Tune in E minor: Rights of Man

To conclude Tyler Grant's look at the bluegrass flatpicking style, he offers up one more tune in a minor key. Lesson 25 focuses on the tune "Rights of Man".

20:44 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

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  • Playing since 1980
  • 75 lessons at JamPlay
Tyler Grant brings his Flatpicking expertise to JamPlay!

Tyler took first place honors at the Rockygrass guitar contest in 2003, the Wayne Henderson festival contest in 2005, the 2008 New England Flatpicking Championship, the 2009 Doc Watson Guitar Championship at Merlefest and became the National Flatpicking Champion for placing first at Winfield in 2008. He has been an instructor at CalArts, Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamp, Rockygrass Academy, Augusta Heritage Center Bluegrass Week and Grand Targhee Music Camp. He has been featured in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Flatpicking Guitar Magazine and Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine. He lives in Lyons, Colorado, where he writes music, enjoys the outdoors, teaches lessons and records for Grant Central Records.

National Flatpicking Champion Tyler Grant is a versatile guitarist and multi-instrumentalist with a wide range of musical expertise. He is an internationally recognized guitar virtuoso with two solo albums and an impressive resume as a session musician, bandleader and sideman. He has shared the stage with such luminaries as Tony Rice, Sam Bush, Tim O’Brien, Jerry Douglas, Chris Thile, John Oates, Steve Kaufman, Leftover Salmon, Yonder Mountain String Band and The String Cheese Incident. Tyler showcases his powerful and original style of Flatpicking on his latest CD release, Up the Neck. His current band project, The Grant Farm, is taking root and growing fast.

Tyler graduated from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 2000 with a Bachelors degree in Guitar Performance. After moving to Nashville from Southern California in 2003 he joined Adrienne Young’s band and toured with her for nearly two years, acting as musical director and playing on her acclaimed CDs Plow the End of the Row and The Art of Virtue. In 2004 he joined Casey and Chris Henry and the Two-Stringers. In the fall of 2004 he toured China with Abigail Washburn and Friends and appeared on her Song of the Traveling Daughter CD. During the first half of 2005 he toured with phenomenal Canadian fiddler April Verch. Tyler revealed his talents as a singer and songwriter with his first solo album, In The Light, released in June 2006 on FGM Records.

From 2005 through 2010 Tyler made hundreds of appearances across the country as a member of the Drew Emmitt Band and the Emmitt-Nershi Band, featuring the frontmen from two of the world’s most popular jambands: Leftover Salmon and the String Cheese Incident. Tyler played on Long Road, the latest acclaimed Drew Emmitt release, which reached #1 on the Jam Band chart, and New Country Blues, the outstanding current release by the Emmitt/Nershi Band. In 2011 Tyler will focus his attention on solo dates, acoustic duet acts with Andy Thorn and Benny Galloway, and his latest band, The Grant Farm.

Tyler took first place honors at the Rockygrass guitar contest in 2003, the Wayne Henderson festival contest in 2005, the 2008 New England Flatpicking Championship, the 2009 Doc Watson Guitar Championship at Merlefest and became the National Flatpicking Champion for placing first at Winfield in 2008. He has been an instructor at CalArts, Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamp, Rockygrass Academy, Augusta Heritage Center Bluegrass Week and Grand Targhee Music Camp. He has been featured in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Flatpicking Guitar Magazine and Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine. He lives in Lyons, Colorado, where he writes music, enjoys the outdoors, teaches lessons and records for Grant Central Records.
Reviews & Feedback 88/100 with 452 ratings
westlafadeaway

All three radio buttons apply here.

PJ-Pete

Tyler is a great teacher. I'm happy to have him as an instructor. I'm an older student and grateful JamPlay has the slow down feature as well as pause and playback. Otherwise I'd be lost. :)

BethG

Tyler is excellent. His suggestions and examples that are in addition to the supplemental tabulature make for a relaxed feeling of spicing something up or just playing around. I hope he adds more lessons.

ailes

This is good stuff. I would select all three dots above if I could. Thanks Tyler.

jerry m

Learned something here!

nfjeld1

Best explanation I've heard on learning melodies by ear.

bassomatic22

Clean crisp playing is inspiring to hear. The teacher is A+!

ak_chip

easy to follow.

MickeyDoughty

Excellent explanation and demonstration

bobcat64ba

excellent for daily practice. really helps my overall listening and understanding.

garywstout

Great instructor. Easy to follow and VERY important techniques. THANKS

IceKoldKube

Super easy to understand ..

MikeRGR

Great teacher thanks

ruben.franceus

Good lesson in use of scales, and when to use them. The 'concept' of tonality.

birdgirl

Good technique

braventop

great class from a great teacher

ricac114

Great job

Jim with 53s

u r an excellent teacher thank you!

petebeck

Great Lesson! I don't see a link to the rhythm track on this one, it's always nice to play along with that part. The looper works though, to select a portion and play along. It's very helpful and much appreciated!

not2kool

I think Tyler Grant is a great instructor! I think all three of the above are true in my case.

skiplee7

Great teacher/lesson....thanks

rusty16

hang on to this guy, please !

richnotes

He makes it easy to understand and the importance for knowing tones.

nomadsplace

He's an awesome musician and great teacher!

jwilliams57

Hi, Tyler Grant explains his lessons in great depth. They are fun to follow; while starting at a low base moves along at a nice pace. Keep up the great work. John Williams, Sligo

ksurber

i like his insite and way of explaining the structure of flatpicking i am going to be trying to practice this more often

chendricksmusic

this is some great filler info for me. This also has lead me to a greater understanding of my scales and uses very quickly!

netman1012

I like Tyler. He's the one that introduced me to JamPlay and so far glad he did!

egil

I saw a free video lesson by Tyler Grant before I joined JamPlay, and knew that I could jump in some place in his series of lessons and get the instructions I needed. Very well explained, and not too much talking (which is the problem with man

Lillianna

I used to play this on my fiddle. Nice tune.

buddarasta

very good explanation push us to use our ears ...excellent choice of breaks and tunes 3 thumbs up .love integration of blues in bluegrass.Michel in Rossland BC.

joeflynn23

Like the ability to slow the video down and stay in tune...that makes it easier to understand, for myself...Tyler is awesome and it's great to have someone with his talents and knowledge as a teacher!!

millerjam

makes the music accessible

stringthumper856

Nice smooth transaction from one exercise to the next. Love it.

peetley

simply love it, learning rhythm and timing at the same time

Sorefingers314

Teacher is great but I need more material. Lets get on with some added hot licks with these songs. Also, I am really interested in chord substitutions for bluegrass. Lets get those 3 and 4 chords song moving with lots of chords per song. I wou

crh1

Terrific teacher!

josepheshoru

Thank u so Much for your instructions .I have played my first melody thank again

scannon120

Tyler's series is awesome. Thanks ! *

Pickin' Rick

The info is also useful when playing with horn players or keyboardists, wh often use keys like B-flat or E-flat.

frank13

The way Tyler teaches makes the guitar concepts more accessible. I feel like I am really making progress with his methods.

Blue Chip

These fundamentals are important to establish before attempting to play tunes. I'm glad Tyler devoted this amount of time to identifying all the details of proper technique. I'm going to make a regular habit of working on his chromatic scale e

dfarmernv

This is really a comment on all of the lessons so far. I've really found Tyler's lessons to be "just what I needed" -- for me this is the best instruction I've found on the internet.

Martinguitar58

This series is perfect, keep up the great work!