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Bluegrass Basics

Live Bluegrass Basics Guitar Course

This Course is Complete Get Access Access all live courses and 5,000+ HD Lessons

Bluegrass music is filled with guitar that is fast, melodic, fun and requires an excellent understanding of technique; that doesn't mean it has to be hard to learn, though! With this 7 week, step-by-step course, players of all skill levels will be able to hone their technique and gain a true understanding of how rhythm and lead play into the genre. It won't be boring either, each week features real music to play, as well as fun homework to practice between sessions. Follow this course to the end and you'll be able to showoff your new technique, play several songs and be ready for your first Bluegrass jam!

Here are few highlights of things we will cover in this course:

  • Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar
  • Melody and Lead Braks
  • Soloing over Bluegrass
  • Lead Phrasing
  • Strumming Patterns
  • Learn a Bluegrass Song
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About our Live Courses

We have upgraded, revamped, and organized in-studio, live weekly workshops broadcasted in 1080p. These focused, task-based workshops include full tablature, interactivity with the instruction, and even homework each week. We are bringing live, educational instruction into the next generation with this platform.

5,000 Lessons

In 2016, we completely re-engineered our recording studio with top of the line gear, including a full suite of 4k cameras complimented by a new audio outfit. The result is beautiful live streams to your computer, in qualities as high as 1080p!

79 Instructors

Each live course is supplemented with full tablature, music notation, and even backing tracks. Our live lessons are focused, planned, and even give you homework options on how to improve and look forward to the following week.

Live Lessons

Our staff fields questions from the audience throughout each section, and opens the "classroom" up for questions throughout each course. You also have the ability to call in live with your own video stream!


Our live platform has been a major focus over the past 18 months, and we are very excited to fully unleash it's capability! Attend any of these courses with a full JamPlay subscription and get the benefit of full interaction with our instructors in a focused, planned course. We even have the ability to field your questions with live video call in!

Full Course Schedule

And of course, we keep everything, so if you miss a week you can always watch our archive of live courses. Tabs, backing tracks, and a full course PDF are provided for students, along with homework for each week! Interact with other students along with David and get the instruction you need to advance your playing.

Date Topic

Week 1

1/5/16 at 6pm EST Get Access

Intro to Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar

A solid rhythm is the cornerstone for any Bluegrass player. This week Tyler talks about common chords in Bluegrass, introduces the Boom-Strum, and guides you through both a song and a tune and explains the difference.

Week 2

1/12/2016 at 6pm EST Get Access

Intro to Melody and Lead Breaks

When thinking of Bluegrass guitar, many think of blazing flatpicking leads. This week Tyler starts you on your first steps down this path. He introduces the major scale, talks about playing simple melodies by ear, and shows how to play the melody portions from last weeks song and tune.

Week 3

1/26/2016 at 6pm EST Get Access

Jamming and Soloing over Bluegrass Songs

This week is all about jamming and soloing! Tyler Grant will introduce the pentatonic and blues scale, teach four common licks, and then demonstrate a lead guitar solo in the context of a song.

Week 4

2/2/2016 at 6pm EST Get Access

Jamming and Soloing over Bluegrass Tunes

Tyler talks all about soloing over a Bluegrass tunes. Remember, in the context of Bluegrass, a song and a tune can be considered different things.

Week 5

2/9/2016 at 6pm EST Get Access

Return to Rhythm Guitar

Tyler returns to the world of rhythm guitar. This time around he shows the power of the bass note and demonstrates how it can be used to add variety, and even melody, to a song.

Week 6

2/16/2016 at 6pm EST Get Access

Bluegrass Strum Patterns

Tyler talks about common strum patterns in the Bluegrass genre.

Week 7

2/23/2016 at 6pm EST Get Access

A New Tune

It's time to learn another Bluegrass tune. This one is more difficult and incorporates many of the skills from the previous sessions.