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Tyler Grant brings his Flatpicking expertise to JamPlay!

Tyler took first place honors at the Rockygrass guitar contest in 2003, the Wayne Henderson festival contest in 2005, the 2008 New England Flatpicking Championship, the 2009 Doc Watson Guitar Championship at Merlefest and became the National Flatpicking Champion for placing first at Winfield in 2008. He has been an instructor at CalArts, Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamp, Rockygrass Academy, Augusta Heritage Center Bluegrass Week and Grand Targhee Music Camp. He has been featured in Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Flatpicking Guitar Magazine and Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine. He lives in Lyons, Colorado, where he writes music, enjoys the outdoors, teaches lessons and records for Grant Central Records. (More)

Tyler's Contributions to JamPlay.com

Tyler Grant has 46 videos at JamPlay, with 25 intermediate lessons and 21 Lick & Riff Library entries. Use the tabs below to learn more.

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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.

Lesson 1

Series Introduction

Welcome to Tyler Grant's series on bluegrass flatpicking! Tyler offers a vast history...

Length: 4:01
Lesson 2

Fundamentals of Hand...

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

Length: 28:36
Lesson 3

Songs and Tunes

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

Length: 7:47
Lesson 4

Major Scale in Bluegrass

Tyler introduces the major scale and explains how it is a fundamental component in almost...

Length: 26:17
Lesson 5

Finding Melody by Ear

Here's an ear training lesson for bluegrass flatpickers. Tyler moves through first position...

Length: 20:35
Lesson 6

Tonality in Pentatonic...

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

Length: 19:26
Lesson 7

New River Train

Tyler applies the scales taught in previous lessons to the melody and solo sections of...

Length: 15:05
Lesson 8

The Gal I Left Behind...

In lesson eight of his bluegrass flatpicking series, Tyler Grant teaches the tune "The...

Length: 17:52
Lesson 9

G Major Scale

Now that you've spent some time learning the C major scale and some melodies based on...

Length: 16:52
Lesson 10

Miss McLeod's Reel

Continuing on with his flatplicking studies, Tyler Grant offers up a tune lesson in the...

Length: 17:05
Lesson 11

D Major Scale

By now, you should be comfortable with the G major scale. Now it's time to tackle another...

Length: 17:46
Lesson 12

Banks of the Ohio

Tyler Grant is back with another tune for his Bluegrass Flatpicking series. In this lesson...

Length: 21:32
Lesson 13

Forked Deer

Tyler Grant is back with another traditional bluegrass standard. "Forked Deer" likely...

Length: 21:31
Lesson 14


Tyler Grant is back with another lesson for his bluegrass flatpicking series. In this...

Length: 28:43
Lesson 15

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...

Length: 13:18
Lesson 16

Variations on Tunes

Tyler Grant is back with a look at how to make variations on the tunes you are playing....

Length: 16:18
Lesson 17

Bluegrass Vocabulary

Tyler Grant is back with another lesson for his Bluegrass Flatpicking series! In lesson...

Length: 23:19
Lesson 18

The Guitar Break

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

Length: 13:17
Lesson 19

Guitar Breaks

In lesson 19 of his bluegrass series, Tyler offers up some thoughts on guitar breaks....

Length: 13:24
Lesson 20

I'll Fly Away

Much like the previous lesson in this series, lesson 20 is all about solos and guitar...

Length: 6:20
Lesson 21

Rhythm Ideas

Tyler Grant is back with lesson 21 in his Bluegrass Flatpicking series. In this lesson,...

Length: 24:44
Lesson 22

G Runs

In lesson 22 of his Bluegrass Flatpicking series, Tyler Grant discusses the 'G run'. This...

Length: 9:54
Lesson 23

Cold Frosty Morning

Tyler Grant is back with another tune to add to your bluegrass repertoire. "Cold Frosty...

Length: 20:30
Lesson 24

Sally in the Garden

Continuing with his instruction in minor keys, Tyler Grant offers up the tune "Sally in...

Length: 19:51
Lesson 25

Rights of Man

To conclude Tyler Grant's look at the bluegrass flatpicking style, he offers up one more...

Length: 20:44