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 Che... (more)
Tyler currently offers 96 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 75 intermediate lessons and 21 Lick & Riff Library entries.
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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.
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.
Tyler Grant opens his series by demonstrating proper left and right hand techniques.
Tyler Grant demonstrates and explains the difference between a song and a tune.
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.
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.
Tyler covers some key terminology and scales that are used in the bluegrass genre.
Tyler applies the scales taught in previous lessons to the melody and solo sections of the tune "New River Train".
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.
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.
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.
Continuing on with his flatplicking studies, Tyler Grant offers up a tune lesson in the key of G. He teaches "Miss McLeod's Reel".
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.
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.
Tyler Grant is back with another lesson for his bluegrass flatpicking series. In this lesson, he discusses how to transpose tunes to different keys.
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.
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.
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.
In lesson 18 of his series on bluegrass flatpicking, Tyler Grant discusses the 'guitar break' or solo.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
Tyler Grant takes an in-depth look at the classic country genre and explores the tricks, techniques and guitarists that helped shape it's sound..
Tyler Grant is back with an introduction to his new series "Classic Country Chops." In this series, Tyler goes in-depth on the classic country genre as it relates to the electric guitar. He profiles the artists that shaped the sound and the tricks they used to craft it.
To get you started on the right path, Tyler spends a lesson discussing the fundamentals that make up the classic country sound and how it relates to the electric guitar.
Taking the fundamentals that you learned in lesson 2, it's time to dig in to your first melody. In this lesson Tyler covers the country inspired Red River Valley melody.
Now that you have the melody to Red River Valley under your fingers, it's time to tackle the rhythm parts.
Tyler Grant takes a look at another classic melody and adapts it for use in a country telecaster fashion.
In lesson 6, Tyler takes the tune Red Wing which you previously learned the melody to and looks instead at the rhythm parts.
Tyler Grant now takes a look at the song Down in the Willow Garden, first looking at it's melody.
Now that you know the melody parts to the song Down in the Willow Garden, it's time to learn the rhythm parts.
Now that you have a solid grasp of the classic country fundamentals taught previously, it's time to start looking at a few more and applying them to country tunes and songs.
Tyler continues with his look at classic country fundamentals in part 2B.
Tyler Grant continues his teaching on classic country technique in part 3.
Lesson 12 will be the wrap up of this section of fundamental concepts and techniques for classic country technique.
Taking all of the new country guitar fundamentals taught over the last several lessons, Tyler Grant teaches you an in the style of original tune called The JamPlay Waltz.
Now that you've had another round of country fundamentals under your belt, it's time to delve in to the next category of classic country guitar. Tyler Grant now moves on to the 60's era.
Now that you're well in to the 60's era of country guitar, it's time to dissect the lead playing of Don Rich.
Tyler Grant is back with another original in the style of classic country guitar. This time you'll be learning a Polka!
Tyler is back profiling another artist that helped shape the classic country sound, Roy Nichols. In this lesson, you'll be looking at is rhythmic tendencies.
Now that you have a good idea about how Roy Nichols would play rhythm guitar, Tyler now deconstructs his solo tendencies.
In lesson 19, Tyler Grant teaches an in the style of solo for legendary country guitarist James Burton.
Tyler Grant is back with another fundamentals lesson in his Classic Country series. This time he's taking a look at the Chicken Pickin' and double stop techniques.
Now that you've got the fundamentals of chicken pickin' down, it's time to apply those concepts to a solo making good use of the technique!
In lesson 22, Tyler takes a profiling look at another great country guitarist. This time he's set his focus on rhythm riffs in the style of Clarence White.
Continuing with a profile on Clarence White, it's time to step into solo territory. Tyler Grant offers up a solo in the style of this legendary country guitarist.
Tyler is back with another round of classic country fundamentals that will set you up for the players he will be profiling in the upcoming lessons.
Taking into account the information you learned previously, Tyler offers up a sliding scale solo for your classic country repertoire.
We've now reached the 70's era of classic country. To start off with Tyler Grant provides lick vocabulary inspired by Albert Lee.
Now that you've learned a handful of Albert Lee inspired licks, it's time to put those together to great a solo inspired by this legendary guitarist.
As the era's marched on, country's influence was felt across many genres and especially so in Rock and Roll. In lesson 28, Tyler takes a look at how the technique influenced rock music.
One common feature of country guitar from classic to modern is the use of slides and volume swells to mimic the sound of a pedal steel guitar. In the final lesson of this series, Tyler offers up a solo in this style.
This course will provide you with the skills, confidence and knowledge you need to whip out your guitar this summer.
Tyler gives a quick description of the course, who it's for, and what you can expect to learn.
Tyler explores the primary chords in the key of D and the shows how to use them in playing the old tune “Michael Row The Boat Ashore.”
Tyler shows some other patterns using the D primary chords, and gives you some ideas for songs you could learn with these patterns.
Tyler shows you some other chord progressions in D using a few new chords, and gives you a few ideas for songs that use these progressions.
Tyler covers the basics of fingerpicking in D.
Tyler shows you some of the common chords in G and then uses them to show you the old standard tune “Down by the Riverside.”
Tyler shows you more chord patterns using the primary chords of G and gives you some leads on songs to try with these patterns.
Tyler Shows you more common chords used in the key of G and gives examples of songs that use these chords.
Tyler shows us some fingerpicking patterns for G progressions and then suggestsa few songs to try with these patterns.
Tyler shows us some patterns using the 3 minor in G.
Tyler goes over common chords in the key of C and uses them to teach the old standard "Old Folks at Home."
Tyler shows some more common chords in the key of C and recommends more songs to try using them.
Tyler shows you more common chords in the key of C and lists some more songs that use with them.
Tyler shows a few common fingerpicking patterns and progressions in the key of C and gives some ideas for more songs you can try these progressions out with.
Tyler shows us the primary chords in the key of A and then uses them to teach the old standard tune "When the Saints go Marching In."
Tyler goes over more primary chord patterns in A and mentions some songs these patterns can be used to play.
Tyler shows us more chords in the key of A and names more songs we can play with them.
Tyler shows you some finger picking patterns in the key of A.
Tyler shows us some common chords in the key of E and teaches the old standard "In the Sweet By and By."
Tyler shows more common E patterns and names some songs that go with them.
Tyler shows us how to transpose songs using the common chords we have already learned and a capo to change the neck position of the fretting hand.
Want to take your Bluegrass Flatpicking style to the next level? This series complements Tyler’s Bluegrass Flatpicking Method series on JamPlay. Tune up your guitar, grab your pick and let’s move forward with your Bluegrass Flatpicking.