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Bluegrass Flatpicking

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.

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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. Learning to flatpick properly is absolutely crucial to the Bluegrass style.

Lessons in this Series:

Lesson 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.

Length: 4:01 Difficulty: 1.0 Member Only
Lesson 2

Fundamentals of Hand Control

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

Length: 28:36 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 3

Songs and Tunes

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

Length: 7:47 Difficulty: 1.5 Member Only
Lesson 4

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.

Length: 26:17 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 5

Finding Melody by Ear

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.

Length: 20:35 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 6

Tonality in Pentatonic & Blues

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

Length: 19:26 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 7

New River Train

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

Length: 15:05 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 8

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.

Length: 17:52 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 9

G Major Scale

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.

Length: 16:52 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 10

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".

Length: 17:05 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 11

D Major Scale

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.

Length: 17:46 Difficulty: 2.0 Member Only
Lesson 12

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.

Length: 21:32 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 13

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.

Length: 21:31 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 14

Transposing

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

Length: 28:43 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 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.

Length: 13:18 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 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.

Length: 16:18 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 17

Bluegrass Vocabulary

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.

Length: 23:19 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 18

The Guitar Break

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

Length: 13:17 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 19

Guitar Breaks

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".

Length: 13:24 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 20

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.

Length: 6:20 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 21

Rhythm Ideas

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.

Length: 24:44 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 22

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.

Length: 9:54 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 23

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.

Length: 20:30 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
Lesson 24

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.

Length: 19:51 Difficulty: 3.0 Member Only
Lesson 25

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".

Length: 20:44 Difficulty: 2.5 Member Only
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