Bluegrass Guitar with Steve Eulberg

Genre and Style Guitar Course from Steve Eulberg

Bluegrass is one of the most recognizable styles of guitar. Some refer to bluegrass as a celebration of the simple things in life. Dive into this series to learn the essential components of the bluegrass guitar style.

17 Lessons

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

Multi-Camera

Course filmed with 6 cameras for the perfect angles.

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Steve Eulberg walks you through the most common techniques in the bluegrass guitar style. He teaches these concepts in a methodical, step-by-step approach that will have you playing in no time.

Begin the Course
1

Intro to Bluegrass

Steve demonstrates basic, essential bluegrass techniques. In this lesson, you will learn the bass/chop technique.

16:00 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

2

Building the Song

Now that you have the bass/chop down, Steve demonstrates additional bluegrass techniques.

21:06 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

3

Walking Between Chords

Steve takes our bluegrass song one step further in this lesson. He demonstrates how to play a walking bass line between chords.

21:07 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

4

Accenting Your Play

In this lesson, Steve discusses hammer-ons and pull-offs and how they are used in the bluegrass genre.

33:34 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

5

Double Picking and Scales

Steve explains double picking, also known as alternate picking. He teaches a scale that enables you to play an awesome bluegrass lick.

30:04 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

6

Bluegrass Licks

Steve teaches a widely used bluegrass lick.

22:34 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

7

Descending Lick

In this lesson Steve teaches a descending bluegrass lick.

34:00 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

8

Bluegrass Melody

Steve gives tips on playing a melody line in the bluegrass genre.

37:00 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

9

Raising the Octave

Steve demonstrates how you can use "closed chord" voicings in order to raise the octave of the melody. Great lesson!

38:00 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty

10

Fun Bluegrass Licks

Steve demonstrates some bluegrass licks that serve as introductions, endings, and transitions within a song.

23:00 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

11

I Am a Pilgrim

Steve Eulberg teaches a classic bluegrass song entitled "I Am a Pilgrim." He covers strumming, the melody, and walking bass lines.

28:57 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

12

Angel Band

Steve teaches a bluegrass waltz titled "Angel Band."

28:09 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

13

Catchy Bluegrass Lick

Steve dives deep into another classic Bluegrass lick that you can use to flare up a jam session or song.

20:46 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

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14

Wabash Cannonball Part 1

Steve Eulberg teaches the first part of the bluegrass classic, "Wabash Cannonball."

18:52 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

15

Wabash Cannonball Part 2

Steve continues his two part "Wabash Cannonball" series by teaching how to develop the basic rhythm and melody into unique solo sections.

23:53 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

16

Ballad of Jesse James Part 1

Steve Eulberg teaches this old tune as if it were being played back in the old days. Here, Steve demonstrates the verse, chorus, and melody. Enjoy the story behind this one!

15:26 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

17

Ballad of Jesse James Part 2

In his second lesson of "The Ballad of Jesse James," Steve Eulberg demonstrates a more in depth look at how to play the song in a bluegrass form. This lesson is all about double stops, and when combined with lesson one, should make for a well-rounded bluegrass classic.

21:53 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

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  • Greeley, Colorado
  • Playing since 1970
  • 320 lessons at JamPlay
An Award-winning multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, Steve Eulberg weaves mountain and hammered dulcimers with a variety of unusual instruments to create thought-provoking, smile-inducing, toe-tapping acoustic experiences.

He has sung and composed for religious communities, union halls, picket lines, inter-faith retreats, mountain-top youth camps, as well as the more familiar venues: clubs, coffeehouses, bookstores, festivals, charity benefits and showcase concerts.

Born and raised in the German-heritage town of Pemberville, Ohio, Steve was exposed to a variety of music in his home. Early piano lessons were followed by trumpet in school band, and he became self-taught on ukelele and guitar and harmonica. Mandolin was added at Capital University where, while majoring in History, he studied Ear Training, Voice and took Arranging lessons from the Conservatory of Music.

While at college, he first heard hammered and mountain dulcimers, building his first mountain dulcimer just before his final year. Seminary training took him the west side of Denver where he built his first hammered dulcimer. With these instruments, he was able to give voice to the Scottish, English and Irish traditions to which he is also heir.

Following marriage in 1985 to Connie Winter-Eulberg he settled in Kansas City, Missouri. There he worked cross-culturally in a church of African-Americans, Latinos and European Americans, with music being a primary organizing tool. He moved with his family in 1997 to be nestled beside the Rocky Mountains in Fort Coillins, Colorado.

Founder of Owl Mountain Music, Inc. he teaches and performs extensively in Colorado and Wyoming with tours across the US and the UK. He delights in introducing the “sweet music” of dulcimers to people in diverse settings and in addition to his own recordings, has included dulcimers in a variety of session work for other musicians.

In 2000 he was commissioned to create a choral composition featuring dulcimers for the Rainbow Chorus in Fort Collins. It was recorded in the same year (BEGINNINGS). He is currently at work on a commissioned symphony that will feature hammered dulcimer and Australian didjeridu.

Eulberg passionately believes that music crosses cultural and language barriers because music builds community. Influenced by a variety of ethnic styles, his music weaves vital lyric with rap, rock, folk, gospel and blues. Audiences of all ages respond well to his presentation and to his warm sense of humor.

Steve is a member of Local 1000 (AFM), The Folk Alliance, BMI and BWAAG (Better World Artists and Activist's Guild).
Reviews & Feedback 83/100 with 127 ratings
jhachtel

All of the above...

bruce bailey

Good, easy instructions for a foundation.

Cabnetman

Great teaching

Ironman65

He did a great job simplifying the song.

avstephe

I wanted to click all of the buttons above. Love teacher, he goes slow and is very clear.

flymaster

I've always wanted to learn this when I was younger .my mother taped all of Hee Haw show .this is very easy to understand and shown in a non aggressive manner .I feel I can progress in this stile with these lessons .

frankiero

Liked the structure taught and not just free strumming.

nomadsplace

Perfect info for the newbie to BlueGrass!

AjaxAirwalker

So far "Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy". Fun-Fun!!

israel lopez

thank so much God Bless

josepheshoru

Thank u sir for explaining it so well he is a great teacher .Pls sir add more songs .since I joined jamplay I have learned a lot.Thank very much

scottintacoma253

Thank you for having a visual aid along with instruction.

braventop

this guy is fantastic .. great teacher

Coysquibbly

This was a great lesson. Helps me to fine tune things.

rlmccoy1

very good and patient easy to understand