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Bluegrass Basics

Live Bluegrass Basics Guitar Course

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Tyler Grant returns with another 10 weeks of blazing Bluegrass guitar. This course continues to focus on the essential skills with Tyler's easy to understand and song-based approach. You will gain an understanding of Bluegrass rhythm, melody and learn how to play lead breaks. Tyler will also cover techniques like crosspicking, "taters & tags," and common runs. Add a few useful scales and you have one powerful lesson series. While we recommend taking the first Bluegrass basics, it isn't necessary! Anyone can jump in and follow along.

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

  • Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar
  • Melody and Lead Braks
  • Learning Simple Songs
  • Bluegrass Runs
  • Strumming Patterns
  • Crosspicking and Melodies
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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!

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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

4/5/16 at 6pm EST Get Access

Overview of Bluegrass Rhythm

In this lesson we offer a recap of Bluegrass rhythm techniques including the boom-strum, bass note variations, and strum pattern variations. We are also going to work through a new song!

Week 2

4/12/2016 at 6pm EST Get Access

Lead Breaks

Tyler will review major, pentatonic and blues scales and teach four common Bluegrass licks. With this essential information in your arsenal, he will move on and teach a lead from a Bluegrass tune.

Week 3

4/19/2016 at 6pm EST Get Access

Learn a Song

This lesson is all about learning an instrumental Bluegrass tune. We will learn both the melody and rhythm portions, as well as several stunning variations. You'll love this song!

Week 4

4/26/2016 at 6pm EST Get Access

Taters and Tags

In this lesson Tyler discusses two common Bluegrass techniques which he refers to as taters and tags. Once you learn these two techniques, he will show common examples and demonstrate how they can be applied to Bluegrass songs.

Week 5

5/3/2016 at 6pm EST Get Access

Instrumental Bluegrass Variations

Tyler launches into another lesson on instrumental Bluegrass tunes. This time around he teaches some amazing variations that can be used to spice up your songs. By the end of this session you will know one slick tune.

Week 6

5/10/2016 at 6pm EST Get Access

Learn a New Lead Break

Tyler dishes out another venerable Bluegrass lead. He will make sure everyone understands the common scales, teach four more licks, and then teach a full lead break. This will leave your mind reeling and your fingers sore, but the end result is worth it!

Week 7

5/17/2016 at 6pm EST Get Access

All About Runs

Tyler talks all about runs in the most common Bluegrass keys of G, C and D. After introducing the concept he will teach three runs in each key and show how they can be applied to songs.

Week 8

5/24/2016 at 6pm EST Get Access

Introduction to Melody/Strum Techniques

Tyler will talk about what exactly melody/strum arrangements are, teach the technique, and show how it can be applied to a blazing bluegrass tune.

Week 9

5/31/2016 at 6pm EST Get Access

Creative Crosspicking

In this lesson we learn how to use the crosspicking technique. Three new patterns will be taught in addition to a song example. This is a signature Bluegrass technique!

Week 10

6/7/2016 at 6pm EST Get Access

New Bluegrass Tune

Week 10 is here, and it's time to learn a new song. Both the rhythm and melody will be covered, as well as some simple variations. Our series ends with a bang as this song is epic!