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 214 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 193 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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Jam Bands

Jamming in a Jam Band

Built on the foundation of bands that include The Allman Brothers and The Grateful Dead, the Jam Band style has become one of the hottest genres in the live music scene today. Any guitarist can incorporate the improvisational spirit of these inventive bands and players into their own style. The influences of the Jam Band movement are broad and don’t meet any specific criteria, but tend to relate to Rock, Jazz, Blues and other American Roots Music styles.

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Jamming in a Jam Band Introduction

To start off this series, Tyler Grant provides an overview of what will be covered and includes some prerequisites to get the most out of this series.

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C Major Scale All Across the Fretboard, Part 1

Learning to traverse the neck of the guitar gives you great insight into mapping the fretboard, which in turn leads to a better understanding when improvising! Tyler begins the course with the C major scale, and how to play it across the entire fretboard!

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C Major Scale All Across the Fretboard, Part 2

Of course, scales can have different approaches to playing them, and that is the case here. Tyler shows us another way of approaching the C major scale across the fretboard, this time with a 3 note per string method.

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Wandering Through the Modes - Ionian and Aeolian

'Wandering' around the guitar is part of the style of Jam Band playing. In this lesson, Tyler shows us that the 'wandering' comes with guidelines and direction!

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Wandering Through the Modes - Mixolydian and Dorian

Let's continue to wander through the modes! In this lesson, Tyler covers the Mixolydian and Dorian scales. He'll also discuss their relationship to the Major Scale, while providing a clever tool to help memorize your modes!

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Melodic Improv over Chord Changes (Short Phrases)

Let's switch gears and cover some improvisational playing! In this lesson, Tyler will point out some of the similarities between the Jamband and Jazz styles of playing. He'll then cover some basic 3-note phrases, while mapping out how to move them up the neck to help you get from point A to B!

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Melodic Improv over Chord Changes (Longer Phrases)

Ok it's time to step it up a notch! Let's take the phrases that we learned in the previous lesson and extend them to 5-note phrases while combining them with other scales and modes in order to target specific notes within a chord.

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Incorporating Blues into the Wandering Guitar Style, Part 1

Time to add a touch of the Blues! You'll start out by reviewing some common blues scales before learning how to incorporate them into the wandering guitar style. Tyler will then discuss perfecting the tonality of your notes, which is as equally important as the notes themselves!

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Incorporating Blues into the Wandering Guitar Style, Part 2

Alright let's stay on task and cover how to incorporate the A minor scale, commonly known as "The Blues Scale", into the wandering guitar style.

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Solo in the Style of Dickey Betts (Allman Brothers Band)

Dickey Betts is one half of the famous Allman Brothers lead section. In this lesson your will learn how to apply some of his style to your leads.

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Solo in the Style of Duane Allman (Allman Brothers Band)

Duane Allman is a jam band legend, and his distinctive style has informed many players. Here Tyler will help you capture what is unique about Allman's lead playing and give you ideas to take into your own improvisations.

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Slide Solo in the Style of Duane Allman (Standard Tuning)

Duane Allman was also known for his slide playing. In this lesson, Tyler will show you how to incorporate Duane's slide style into standard tuning.

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Incorporating Chromatic Passing Tones into the Wandering Guitar Style

Use all the notes! This lesson goes beyond diatonic notes and scales to explore passing tones; the notes between the scale tones. This will give your playing extra depth and spice!

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Lower Neighbors and Side-Stepping Licks

Sidestep those scale notes and say hi to the neighbors! Chromatic notes are great to use as passing tones in your lead playing to spice things up and go outside of the box. In this lesson, Tyler shows you some some licks that use those tones to give you more lead guitar ideas.

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Solo in the Style of Jerry Garcia

Obviously, no course on Jam Bands would be complete without an examination of the style of Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead. This lesson focuses in on the soloing style of Jerry. Join Tyler as he explores the details of what made Jerry sound like Jerry, from unique bends to chromatic runs!

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Rhythm Style of Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead)

Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir famously complemented each other in their rhythm guitar styles. In order to learn more about this musical relationship, Tyler will first show you some exercises focused on the rhythm styles of Jerry Garcia.

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Rhythm Style of Bob Weir (Grateful Dead)

To further understand the rhythm guitar styles of the Grateful Dead, we need to learn how Bob Weir's guitar locked in with Jerry Garcia. So in this lesson Tyler goes over several rhythm styles that you might hear from Bob and practices them with you.

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Wandering Through the Modes - Lydian and Phrygian

Modal playing will open up new worlds for you in how you jam. In this lesson, Tyler examines two modes commonly used by the Grateful Dead, the Lydian and Phrygian, and gives you some exercises to develop a feel for these sounds.

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Garcia Style Solo with Envelope Filter

The envelope filter is an effect that lends a voice-like quality to your playing, and was often used by Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead. Join Tyler for this very expressive solo and learn the ins and outs of the envelope filter!

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Picking Hand Techniques

Lets dive into some more technique in the wandering style. In this lesson, Tyler discusses various picking hand techniques and ideas to help you out.

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Altered Modes - Harmonic Minor

In this lesson, Tyler explores some of the more exotic sounds found in the Jam Band genre; two modes from the harmonic minor scale.

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Solo in the Style of Carlos Santana

In lesson 22 Tyler offers up a solo study in the style of Carlos Santana.

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Solo in the Style of Trey Anastasio

Next up is a solo study in the style of Phish guitarist and lead vocalist Trey Anastasio.

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Solo in the Style of Warren Haynes

Let's take another look at a jam band guitarist in lesson 24. This time we're profiling the style of Warren Haynes.

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Changing the Rhythm in Subtle Ways

As Tyler begins to wrap up the series, he discusses rhythms and how to change them subtly to convey further movement and avoid sounding repetitious.

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Freeform Wandering

In this final lesson of the series, Tyler puts it all together and provides some ideas on freely performing in what he calls the wandering style.

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Country

30 Classic Country Licks You Must Know

Tyler Grant returns with a pack of unique licks to add to your country playing. This series is all about vocabulary from the 50's through 2000's of Country guitar. From the legends that defined Classic Country to the virtuoso's of the 90's and early 2000's, this pack of 30 licks covers it all!

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30 Classic Country Licks You Must Know Introduction

Tyler Grant offers up a pack of classic country vocabulary, just right for all your country playing. This pack spans the 1950's beginnings of country through the virtuoso era of the early 2000's players.

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1950's Luther Perkins Style Lick

In this lick, Tyler Grant teaches a classic lick in the style of Luther Perkins.

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1950's Carl Perkins Style Rockabilly Lick in C

In this Lick, Tyler teaches a Carl Perkins style lick in the Rockabilly genre.

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1950's Carl Perkins Style Up the Neck

Tyler Grant once again profiles the great Carl Perkins. This time you'll be working up the neck.

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1950s Doc Watson Style Rockabilly Ragtime Lick in C

Lick four is another rockabilly lick, this time in the style of Doc Watson.

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1950s Jimmy Bryant Style Country Bebop Lick in C

Lick 5 is a Jimmy Bryant inspired country bebop lick.

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1960s Willie Nelson Style Southwest Lick

In this lick Tyler offers up a southwest style lick, inspired by country great Willie Nelson.

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1960s Grady Martin Style Southwest Lick

Here's another southwest country style lick, this time inspired by Grady Martin.

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1960's Style James Burton Style Country Lick w/Double Stop Bends

This lick is a James Burton inspired lick that utilizes double stop bends.

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1960's Style Roy Nichols Style Country Lick w/Double Stop Bends

Here's another lick using double stop bends, this time in the style of Roy Nichols.

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1950s-60s Chet Atkins Style Cross-String Lick in G

Lick 10 profiles the style of Chet Atkins in this cross-string lick.

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1960's Don Rich Style Bluesy Country Lick in A

This lick takes a nod from Don Rich during his playing with Buck Owens and the Buckaroo's.

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1960s Buck Owens Style Polka Lick in A

Taking another look at the Buck Owens band, this one is inspired by Buck himself in the style of a polka.

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1960s Roy Nichols Style Sidestepping Lick in G

Lick 13 profiles Roy Nichols again. This time using a sidestepping technique.

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1960's James Burton Style Cross String Lick in E

Here's a cross string lick in the key of E, inspired by James Burton.

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1960s Clarence White Style Lick in A

Here's a lick in the key of A inspired by Clarence White.

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1970's Roy Buchanan Bluesy Country Lick in E

Lick 16 is a bluesy country lick from the 70's inspired by Roy Buchanan.

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1970s Albert Lee Style Lick in G

Here's an Albert Lee inspired lick in the key of G.

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1970's Glen Campbell Style Jazzy Lick

In this lick Tyler provides a jazzy lick inspired by Glen Campbell.

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1970's Bernie Leadon Style Lick

Here's a lick profiling Eagles guitarist Bernie Leadon.

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1980's Ricky Skaggs Style Lick

Moving in to the 80's now, Tyler offers up a lick in the style of Ricky Skaggs.

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1980's Ray Flacke Style Lick

Lick 21 is a 1980's country lick inspired by Ray Flacke.

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1980's Steuart Smith Style Open Position Lick

Here's a 1980's open position country lick in the style of Steuart Smith.

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1990's Vince Style Lick in B

Lick 23 profiles the legendary 90's country singer and guitarist Vince Gill.

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1990's Jimmy Olander Style Lick

Here's a lick inspired by Diamond Rio guitarist Jimmy Olander.

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1990's Pete Anderson Style Lick

Here's another 90's lick inspired by Pete Anderson.

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1990's Brent Mason Style Lick

Lick 26 profiles legendary country guitarist and picking virtuoso from the 90's, Brent Mason.

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2000's Keith Urban Style Rockin' Lick

Continuing on into the 2000's and the picking virtuoso era, here's a lick inspired by Nashville superstar, Keith Urban.

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2000's Brad Paisley Style Lick

Here's another hard hitting 2000's country lick inspired by Nashville superstar Brad Paisley.

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More Tele Tricks

Starting to wrap up this lick pack, Tyler offers up a lick designed to teach you additional Telecaster tricks.

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More Speed Tricks

For the final lick in this pack, Tyler offers up a lick designed to help you with speed on the Telecaster.

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Bluegrass

30 Hot Bluegrass Flatpicking Licks

You've been spending some time working up your flatpicking chops, but where do you go from here? A cornerstone of the Bluegrass flatpicking style, the hot lick originated with the genre and runs through present day songs and tunes. This lesson set of 30 hot Bluegrass licks is a great place to start in learning the vocabulary necessary to excel in this style!

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30 Hot Bluegrass Flatpicking Licks You Should Know Introduction

To kick off this series of 30 hot bluegrass licks for your repertoire, Tyler gives you a couple examples of what will be taught and what you need to be successful with this course.

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Happy in the Country

This lick has a descending line that has just enough pep to earn its name.

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Tumbling Down the Hill

This descending G minor pentatonic lick borrows from blues in the open G position.

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Look Up Here

This bluesy, bluegrass lick in G uses a combination of the minor and major pentatonic scales.

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Blues in the Grass

This bluesy lick in G takes some standard pentatonic notes and grasses them up with repetition and loops.

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Fiddlin' Around

Bluegrass licks often take inspiration from fiddle tunes. As a result, lots of flatpicking method mimics fiddle movement. This is certainly true of this lick in G.

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Crosspicking Shuffle Lick in G

Crosspicking is a technique that uses a consecutive picking pattern on three adjacent strings. This at times leaves them ringing and sounding like a harp. Tyler uses this concept in this shuffle lick in G

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The Big Run

A "run" in bluegrass is a lick that travels through a scale in a steady rhythm. This big run in G works all the way from the bottom to the top of the strings.

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Fiddlin' Along

This is another fiddling mixture lick, this time in the key of C. This one has shades of C6 in it.

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Big Run in C

There's a lot of action in this C major lick! Take this string of notes and run them around the fretboard.

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Position Shifting Lick in C

This lick in C shifts postions using an open E string, sometimes called a drop string technique.

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Floaty Lick in C

Sometimes cross string playing is called "floaties." Here is a floaty lick in C that will challenge you for a while.

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Rollin' it Up

You'll find more crosspicking in this C lick which leans heavily on the three note forward roll.

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Rollin' it Down

Now we're going to use that three note forward roll to descend in another C lick.

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Bluesy Dog

This lick uses some classic bluesy language in the key of D, for dog.

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Flying Dog

This bluesy lick in D descends into a D run.

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Floating Dog

Here's a lick in D that uses cross string techniques that Tyler affectionately calls "Floating Dog."

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Chuggin' On Home

This lick is all about being able to navigate the IV to I chord. In the key of G, this lick uses a chugging rhythmic figure to help drive you home.

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Lifting it up on the Shelf

This lick is an uplifting lick that gradually builds up then gently rests back down.

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Bringin' it Home

Lick 19 takes a look at navigating the crucial V to I chord change at the end of a guitar break.

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Really Bringin' it Home

Like the previous lick, this one again navigates the V to I chord change. This time we're gonna go harder with a chuggin', driving rhtyhm and alternate picking.

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Sailin' On Home

This lick in the key of G is designed to help traverse from up the neck and down into open position on the V to I chord.

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Sailin' 'Round the Hornpipe

This lick uses the same technique as the last lick, but this time travels around a Hornpipe progression.

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Chuggin' 'Round the Hornpipe

This lick again uses the Hornpipe changes, but is centered around the chuggin' style.

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Make it Snappy

Lick 24 is a quick and "snappy" Bluegrass lick in the key of A.

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Big Run in A

Much like "Big Run" and "Big Run in C" this lick is all about that large run that traverses the guitar's register, this time in the key of A.

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Easy Breezy

"Easy Breezy" is a bluegrass lick designed for the key of E, or more specifically an E chord.

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Tag 1 in G

To wrap up the licks in this series, Tyler covers several "tag" figures that are often used as licks to end a song or tune. He starts with a tag in the key of G.

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Tag 2 in G

The second tag in the key of G is a standard Appalachian fiddle tune tag, that also has a G run in it.

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Tag 1 in C

Lick 29 is another run style tag, this time in the key of C.

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Tag 2 in C

To wrap up this lick series, Tyler provides a tag in the key of C that includes a beefed up version of the venerable "Shave and a Haircut" ending.

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