Tyler Grant

Tyler Grant

Tyler is a Guitar instructor at JamPlay.com

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 126 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 105 intermediate lessons and 21 Lick & Riff Library entries.

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Bluegrass

Bluegrass Flatpicking Method

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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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.

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Fundamentals of Flatpicking Technique

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

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Understanding Songs and Tunes

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

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C 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.

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Finding Melodies by Ear Using the C Major Scale

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.

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Pentatonic Scale and Blues Language

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

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Song in C Major: New River Train

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

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Tune in C Major: 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.

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G Major Scale in Bluegrass

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.

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Song in G Major: 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.

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Tune in G Major: 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".

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D Major Scale in Bluegrass

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.

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Tune in D Major: 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.

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Transposing from One Key to Another

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

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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.

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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.

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Bluegrass Vocabulary and Useful Licks

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.

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Guitar Break in C: New River Train

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

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Guitar Break in G: Sitting On Top Of The World

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".

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Guitar Break in D: 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.

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Bluegrass Rhythm and Bass Runs

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.

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Bluegrass 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.

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Tune in A minor: 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.

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Tune in D minor: 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.

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Tune in E minor: 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".

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Country

Classic Country Chops

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..

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Series Introduction

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.

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Fundamentals of Classic Country Technique

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.

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Red River Melody

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.

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Red River Rhythm

Now that you have the melody to Red River Valley under your fingers, it's time to tackle the rhythm parts.

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Red Wing Melody

Tyler Grant takes a look at another classic melody and adapts it for use in a country telecaster fashion.

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Red Wing Rhythm Parts

In lesson 6, Tyler takes the tune Red Wing which you previously learned the melody to and looks instead at the rhythm parts.

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Down in the Willow Garden Melody

Tyler Grant now takes a look at the song Down in the Willow Garden, first looking at it's melody.

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Down in the Willow Garden Rhythm Parts

Now that you know the melody parts to the song Down in the Willow Garden, it's time to learn the rhythm parts.

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Fundamentals of Classic Country Technique 2A

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.

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Fundamentals of Classic Country Technique 2B

Tyler continues with his look at classic country fundamentals in part 2B.

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Fundamentals of Classic Country Technique 3

Tyler Grant continues his teaching on classic country technique in part 3.

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Fundamentals of Classic Country Technique 4

Lesson 12 will be the wrap up of this section of fundamental concepts and techniques for classic country technique.

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The JamPlay Waltz

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.

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Introduction to 60's Style Technique

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.

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Don Rich Inspired Solo

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.

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The JamPlay Polka

Tyler Grant is back with another original in the style of classic country guitar. This time you'll be learning a Polka!

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Roy Nichols Inspired Rhythm

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.

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Roy Nichols Inspired Solo

Now that you have a good idea about how Roy Nichols would play rhythm guitar, Tyler now deconstructs his solo tendencies.

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James Burton Inspired Solo

In lesson 19, Tyler Grant teaches an in the style of solo for legendary country guitarist James Burton.

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Fundamentals of Classic Country Guitar Part 5

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.

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Chicken Pickin' Solo

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!

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Clarence White Inspired Rhythm Riffs

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.

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Clarence White Inspired Solo

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.

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Fundamentals of Classic Country Technique 6

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.

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Sliding Scale Guitar Solo

Taking into account the information you learned previously, Tyler offers up a sliding scale solo for your classic country repertoire.

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The 70's: Albert Lee Inspired Licks

We've now reached the 70's era of classic country. To start off with Tyler Grant provides lick vocabulary inspired by Albert Lee.

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The 70's: Albert Lee Inspired Solo

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.

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Applying Classic Country Technique to Rock and Roll

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.

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Pedal Steel Style Solo

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.

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Tips & Tricks

Learning Campfire Songs

This course will provide you with the skills, confidence and knowledge you need to whip out your guitar this summer.

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Learning Campfire Songs Intro

Tyler gives a quick description of the course, who it's for, and what you can expect to learn.

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Strumming Primary Chords in D #1

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.”

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Strumming Primary Chords in D #2

Tyler shows some other patterns using the D primary chords, and gives you some ideas for songs you could learn with these patterns.

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Strumming Other Common Chords in D

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.

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Fingerpicking over a D progression

Tyler covers the basics of fingerpicking in D.

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Strumming Primary Chords in G #1

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.”

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Strumming Primary Chords in G #2

Tyler shows you more chord patterns using the primary chords of G and gives you some leads on songs to try with these patterns.

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Strumming Other Common Chords in G

Tyler Shows you more common chords used in the key of G and gives examples of songs that use these chords.

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Fingerpicking over a G Progression

Tyler shows us some fingerpicking patterns for G progressions and then suggestsa few songs to try with these patterns.

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Introducing the 3minor Chord in G

Tyler shows us some patterns using the 3 minor in G.

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Strumming Primary Chords in C

Tyler goes over common chords in the key of C and uses them to teach the old standard "Old Folks at Home."

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Strumming Combinations of Primary Chords in C

Tyler shows some more common chords in the key of C and recommends more songs to try using them.

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Strumming Other Common Chords in C

Tyler shows you more common chords in the key of C and lists some more songs that use with them.

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Fingerpicking over Common Progressions in C

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.

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Strumming Primary Chords in A #1

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."

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Strumming Primary Chords in A #2

Tyler goes over more primary chord patterns in A and mentions some songs these patterns can be used to play.

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Strumming Other Chords in A

Tyler shows us more chords in the key of A and names more songs we can play with them.

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Fingerpicking in A

Tyler shows you some finger picking patterns in the key of A.

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Primary Chords in E

Tyler shows us some common chords in the key of E and teaches the old standard "In the Sweet By and By."

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Other Useful Chords in E

Tyler shows more common E patterns and names some songs that go with them.

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Major Scale Chord Pattern and Transposing

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.

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Bluegrass

Mastering Bluegrass Flatpicking

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.

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Series Introduction

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

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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D Major Scale Workout & Tricks

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Fisher’s Hornpipe

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

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Cross-String Exercises (Floaties)

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

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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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