Bluegrass Flatpicking

National Flatpicking Champion Tyler Grant teaches bluegrass mastery

Build your Bluegrass flatpicking with National Flatpicking Champion and prized educator, Mr. Tyler Grant. Tyler provides the framework for aspiring Bluegrass players of all skill levels, offering a concise, well-organized approach for this energetic, ear catching style. We will cover technique, melody, groove and essential songs, providing the ubiquitous techniques for all bluegrass songs, styles, solos and more.

Suited for guitarists of all skill levels, this is an all-encompassing, 18 hour course featuring 30 exclusive lessons. A must have course for all Bluegrass players! Learn more or start the course with membership, or get lifetime access with purchase.

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30 Lessons
18 Hour+ Runtime
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Meet Tyler Grant

Tyler Grant is a National Flatpicking Champion and internationally recognized guitar virtuoso, songwriter, vocalist, producer and leader of the band Grant Farm®. Tyler has appeared at most major US festivals and performed thousands of concerts and guitar workshops worldwide. He has produced four solo albums and four releases by Grant Farm for his own Grant Central Records. The latest 2016 release, Earth and Wood, a triumphant return to Bluegrass, is Tyler’s first Acoustic album since the acclaimed Up The Neck six years before. In 2016 Grant Farm released their most ambitious endeavor, Kiss The Ground, a concept album for the working people, which debuted at #5 on the Relix/JamBand Radio Charts.

Tyler graduated from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 2000 with a Bachelors degree in Guitar Performance. 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 Jam Bands: Leftover Salmon and the String Cheese Incident.

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, Grand Targhee Music Camp, and recently completed a Flatpicking lesson series for the wildly successful JamPlay.com. He has been featured in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Flatpicking Guitar Magazine and Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine.

He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he writes music, enjoys the outdoors, teaches, records for Grant Central Records and maintains family life amidst his busy touring and performing schedule.

Bluegrass Champion and Prized Educator

Cross picking, melody strums, playing songs or getting comfortable with playing with others... Tyler leaves no stone unturned in this massive course offering. Build the foundation with essential bluegrass techniques, lock in your style with accurate tempo, and learn famed song examples to unlock the full style.

Lessons

This is a full, 18+ hour course featuring 30 step-by-step lessons with full supplemental content.

4k & 1080p

Course filmed with 6 cameras and stream in awesome 4k video quality and downloadable in 1080p.

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JamTracks

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This course offers 30 lessons covering 18+ hours of material in step-by-step, digestable presentation.

Essential Bluegrass

Techniques & Practice

Build your foundation for bluegrass techniques and styles, including the famed flatpicking techniques and melody strums used in countless bluegrass songs and compositions.

  • Crosspicking basics to advanced
  • Melody strums and accents
  • Building chops and confidence
  • Effective capo usage
  • Full demos and accompanied practice

Accuracy, Time & Tempo

From a Flatpicking Champion

Like most tempo-drive styles, our first priority will always be finding the pocket and picking with pinpoint accuracy. Tyler ramps up these ideas to reinforce these principles.

  • Foundational bluegrass techniques
  • Concise, well organized approach
  • Step-by-step accuracy building
  • Locking into the pocket
  • Guided practice to play with Tyler

Weaponizing Songs

Songs as a Learning Tool

Tyler uses ideas and techniques from various songs to reinforce your technique, timing and performance capability. These include a "nod" to artist such as the Stanley Brothers, Don Reno and more.

  • Songs as the course bedrock
  • Merge theory with technique
  • Real world practice examples
  • Build musical speed and accuracy
  • Full interactive tabs and JamTracks

Full Course Listing

This course offers 30 lessons covering 18+ hours of material in step-by-step, digestable presentation. View the full course outline below.

1

Series Introduction

Tyler gives you a rundown of what you can expect in this advanced bluegrass course.

4:02 Runtime

0.0 Difficulty

2

C Major Scale Workout & Tricks

The C major scale is a staple of Bluegrass music. Lean the scale in and out with the exercizes and tricks that Tyler teaches you in this course.

45:23 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

3

C Major Songs And Tunes by Ear

Bluegrass is a folk tradition, meaning songs usually get passed on by ear. In this lesson, Tyler teaches you methods to learn songs and recognize chords by ear.

29:03 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

4

“Unclouded Day” in the Melody/Strum Style of Maybelle Carter

Further your bluegrass vocabulary by learning this classic C Major song in the style of Maybelle Carter.

31:17 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

5

Intro to Crosspicking

Crosspicking is an advanced, harp like style of playing that is key to developing a well-rounded bluegrass style. Tyler takes you deep in to crosspicking with several exercises aimed at building your chops.

44:49 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

6

Crosspicking “Unclouded Day”

Climb higher in your crosspicking journey with this song in the style of George Shuffler of the Stanley Brothers. Tyler will show you multiple examples with lots of cross picking challenges take you further.

33:48 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

7

“John Henry” in the Flatpicking Style of Don Reno

As our last C major lesson we have a classic song that you might recognize, with a nod to the great Don Reno.

29:47 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

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8

G Major Scale Workout & Tricks

Now we're going to move on to G major scales and exercises. Tyler has a bunch of great G major workouts for you to tackle next in your bluegrass journey.

50:28 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

9

Wreck Of The Old 97 - Melody/Strum & Crosspicking

Let's take apart this classic G major song and study it's melody, then try it in the crosspicking style we learned earlier.

50:35 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

10

Guitar Break - Wreck Of the Old 97 - Style of Doc Watson

Now that we have this one under our fingers, let's modify it to play in the style of the great Doc Watson.

25:00 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

11

Paddy On The Turnpike - style of Clarence White

Here is another jaunty tune to round out our focus on the key of G. Don't forget the tag at the end!

58:23 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

12

D Major Scale Workout & Tricks

Let's start working on the key of D, with another bunch of exercises to practice scales and tricks.

42:24 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

13

Old Folks At Home - Melody/Strum & Crosspicking

Sometimes called "Swanee River," this song is a great way to work on our D major chops. Let's start by learning the melody strum and crosspicking arrangements.

59:05 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

14

Guitar Break - Old Folks At Home - Style of Tony Rice

Now let's take this song further by trying a D Major guitar break in the style of the master guitar picker Tony Rice.

22:03 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

15

Chinquapin Hunting - style of Dan Crary

Tyler gives you one last D major song to work out in this lesson. Take it for a ride in the lead sheet then try it out in the style of Dan Crary.

53:02 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

16

A Major Scale Workout & Tricks

Look out! Here comes A major to challenge your fingers. Tyler takes you through a challenging series of exercises in this key to get you going.

42:48 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

17

Don’t Let The Deal Go Down

Here is another classic bluegrass tune to test your skills, this time the deal is going down in A. Let's get to it.

29:54 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

18

Guitar Break - Don’t Let The Deal Go Down - Style of Tyler Grant

Digging deeper in to the deal! Here Tyler is going to show you a guitar break that will push your further in your A key journey.

19:52 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

19

Fire On The Mountain - Style of Norman Blake

For our last A major tune, we're going to light a fire! Try this one out in the styl of the great Norman Blake.

45:08 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

20

Good Morning Mister Railroad Man

Often bluegrassers will capo their guitar up to fret 4 and play in the key of E as if it were C. Let's work on that now with another classic song.

50:57 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

21

Guitar Break - Good Morning Mister Railroad Man - Style of Tyler Grant

As with prevous tunes, we are now going to take "Railroad Man" and work it up in to a guitar break. This time Tyler is going to show you how he would do it. Again, this is playing C at capo position 4.

35:56 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

22

Fisher’s Hornpipe

Here is another tune capo'd up to E, the jaunty Fisher's hornpipe!

32:40 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

23

Cross-String Exercises (Floaties)

Let's work some more on your cross string chops! Go ahead and give these floaties a try!

29:29 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

24

St. Anne’s Reel - Cross-String Arrangement

Now we're going to really put those harp-like floaties to use in the cross-string arrangement of "St. Anne's Reel."

71:02 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

25

Licks & Useful Vocabulary - Key of C

C is a very common bluegrass key and shape, so we will spend some additional time becoming familiar with some of the tricks and relationships inherent in this scale.

16:01 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

26

Blues in C - Guitar Solo

Blues is also an important part of guitar vocabulary. For this lesson we will focus on Blues stylings in the context of Bluegrass, using a guitar solo in C as our template.

31:45 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

27

Take This Hammer (G position, capo 4)

Now we're going to try capoing up to position 4 to play in the key of B as if it were the key of G. We will use the classic song "Take This Hammer" to work this up.

24:51 Runtime

0.0 Difficulty

28

Guitar Break - Take This Hammer - style of Dan Tyminski

Now Tyler is going to channel Dan Tyminski in exploring "Take This Hammer" even further. This time with a flashy guitar break.

22:10 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty

29

Speed Training - Old Joe Clark

Speed is key in the style of bluegrass. Tyler is going to use this classic song to teach you about ramping up your speed chops, and he will introduce you to his personal speed-building technique, velocitation.

34:46 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty

30

Pick It - Style of Tyler Grant

For our last lesson, Tyler is going to show you one of his tunes. Can you play it as fast as Tyler?

15:18 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty

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Lessons

This is a full, 18+ hour course featuring 30 step-by-step lessons with full supplemental content.

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Course filmed with 6 cameras and stream in awesome 4k video quality and downloadable in 1080p.

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Know what to practice after each lesson with guided suggestions, tabs, jamtracks and more.

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