How to Play Temperance Reel by Nick Amodeo (Guitar Lesson)


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Nick Amodeo

Temperance Reel

Nick demonstrates the classic song "Temperance Reel." This song features a mix of Celtic and bluegrass sounds and is a fantastic intermediate song to learn.

Taught by Nick Amodeo in Songs with Nick Amodeo seriesLength: 36:24Difficulty: 2.5 of 5


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LokiNinjaLokiNinja replied on August 4th, 2018

Hi Nick, I have been working on this song for about 3 months. I have the whole thing memorized and can play it without mistakes. I am getting frustrated though because I can't seem to get the speed. I have been using a metronome and have been stuck at about 140 bpm for the past two weeks. It seems like the problem is that my fretting had is too slow. Any tips? How long does it generally take to get up to the correct tempo for a fast song like this?

jlnmyrjlnmyr replied on March 4th, 2014

Nick how much swing - if any - goes into a reel?

Don.SDon.S replied on February 4th, 2013

Hi Nick, I've been working on this anew, and here's the G Scale I'm starting to get into the memory of my fingers. http://goo.gl/Pa3ef Also, I'm working on the strumming. To bounce that off you, let's look at the 3rd measure. That would be strummed D DUDUDU, right? And for the 6th measure that splits Em and D it should look like Em-D DU then D- DUDU, I'm thinking. But it doesn't sound like, and I know, I know, I need to be flexible. LOL. Thanks Nick. I'm chasing Max in his mastering of the song.

randinorandino replied on July 12th, 2012

Can't wait to be able to play this!

jamiejjamiej replied on May 15th, 2012

I love the melody of this tune and am so glad it's included in the Jamplay lessons. He's doing a good job!

GlenBGlenB replied on December 12th, 2011

This is what I love about JamPlay. Thanks so much! I love it.

Canyon HikerCanyon Hiker replied on December 9th, 2011

Always liked this tun, now I'm gonna learn to play it. Thanks Nick!

JustinSletcherJustinSletcher replied on November 24th, 2011

This is awesome!!!!

michaelmichael replied on November 18th, 2011

More of this please! It awesome

eitanprouserepiceitanprouserepic replied on November 18th, 2011

done with the first section, now onto the irishy epicness...so excited

SodaPopSodaPop replied on November 16th, 2011

Should be fun to learn.

tarocattarocat replied on November 16th, 2011

Yes, Sir. Both of your videos really move me. I'll give these my best shot. Might take a while. Excellent lesson. Tony

Jim.DeemingJim.Deeming replied on November 15th, 2011

Outstanding picking - beautiful tune!

Songs with Nick Amodeo

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Nick demonstrates some or your favorite songs with a bluegrass background.



Lesson 1

Man of Constant Sorrow

Welcome to the song lesson of "Man of Constant Sorrow" presented by Nick Amodeo! Nick demonstrates his take on this classic bluegrass tune.

Length: 20:04 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Temperance Reel

Nick demonstrates the classic song "Temperance Reel." This song features a mix of Celtic and bluegrass sounds and is a fantastic intermediate song to learn.

Length: 36:24 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

Forked Deer

Nick introduces the fantastic bluegrass song "Forked Deer." Utilizing a capo, this is a great song lesson to help apply some basic bluegrass techniques.

Length: 34:04 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
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Shady Grove

Nick Amodeo demonstrates the chords and a few different versions of the melody to the traditional bluegrass tune called "Shady Grove".

Length: 22:43 Difficulty: 2.5 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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