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Guthrie Trapp Artist Series

Learn roots music and techniques from Nashville session player Guthrie Trapp.

Lesson 1

Series Overview and...

JamPlay introduces Nashville session player Guthrie Trapp! In this first segment, Guthrie...

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Lesson 2

Basic Rhythm Types

To get his lesson series off the ground, Guthrie provides a lesson on the basic rhythm...

Length: 27:25
Lesson 3

Country Style Rhythms

Now that Guthrie has discussed foundational rhythm playing, he hops on over to the country...

Length: 15:24
Lesson 4

Blues and Swing Rhythms

Continuing with his rhythm style studies, Guthrie Trapp provides a lesson on some of the...

Length: 18:30
Lesson 5

Funk Ideas

In the fifth lesson of his artist series, Guthrie Trapp detours a little and talks about...

Length: 14:53
Lesson 6

Introduction to Hybrid...

In lesson six of his artist series, Guthrie begins an in depth discussion of the hybrid...

Length: 18:55
Lesson 7

Double Stop Ideas

Guthrie is back with another Nashville style lesson in his artist series. In this lesson,...

Length: 17:01
Lesson 8

Open String Ideas

One of the staples of the Nashville sound is the use of open ringing strings in licks....

Length: 15:27
Lesson 9

Memphis Style Licks

The Memphis style borrows heavily from the soul and R&B genres. In this lesson, Guthrie...

Length: 8:27
Lesson 10

Playing Up the Neck

It's fairly easy to get lost on the fretboard when trying to play low or high. Using...

Length: 14:04
Lesson 11

Steel Bend Basics

In lesson 11 of his artist series, Guthrie Trapp explains how to play steel type bends...

Length: 14:34
Lesson 12

Advanced Country Bending

Now that Guthrie has provided information on basic country bending and lap steel style...

Length: 21:42
Lesson 13

Country Kick-offs

Nashville session player Guthrie Trapp is back with a look at several country kick-offs...

Length: 25:40
Lesson 14

Improvising and Soloing

Guthrie Trapp returns to his artist series with a look at how he tackles improvisation...

Length: 20:44
Lesson 15

Introduction to Solo...

Guthrie Trapp is back with a first look at how he approaches soloing. He calls this a...

Length: 8:43
Lesson 16

Nashville Session Playing

In this artist lecture, Guthrie Trapp talks about the Nashville session scene and what...

Length: 10:04
Lesson 17

Guthrie's Rig

Guthrie Trapp is back with a short lecture on how he has his rig setup, what gear he uses...

Length: 14:34
Lesson 18

Practical Application...

Now that you've learned some of the tricks Guthrie uses in his solos, it's time to apply...

Length: 23:15
Lesson 19

Country / Funk Soloing

Guthrie Trapp is back with another practical solo application. This time he's playing...

Length: 6:04
Lesson 20

Funk Soloing

Guthrie Trapp touched on some funk soloing in his previous lesson. For this one, he's...

Length: 15:02
Lesson 21

Soulful Soloing

Guthrie is back with another take on soloing over a comping pattern. In this lesson, he...

Length: 8:21
Lesson 22

Speed Soloing

For Guthrie Trapp's next demonstration on solo technique, he discusses how he gets around...

Length: 9:08
Lesson 23

Soloing in a Minor Key

To wrap up his solo technique lessons and the series, Guthrie takes a look at his approach...

Length: 8:49
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Learn more About Guthrie Trapp

Guthrie Trapp is one of Nashville’s busiest and most versatile performing, session musicians & solo artist. Guthrie Trapp, established sideman and artist, has just finished his first solo album, Pick Peace, due out fall of 2012. The project is a showcase for Trapp’s stellar guitar playing that has long supported the careers of superstar artists and his own bands.

While this marks his solo debut, Trapp has led numerous other bands including 18 South, the Guthrie Trapp Trio, and TAR (Trapp, Abbott & R hodes).

As a member of Dobro legend Jerry Douglas’ band for 5 years he played on two of his latest recordings including "Jerry Christmas" and the Grammy nominated album Glide and toured extensively throughout North America and the UK, taking the stage at New York City’s Blue Note, Radio City Music Hall, Celtic Connections and the Montreal Jazz Festival.

Trapp is a versatile musician who crosses many genres with ease, taste and authenticity. Prior to joining Douglas’ crew, he spent numerous years with revered country artist Patty Loveless. He appeared on two studio albums with her, including the Grammy winning Mountain Soul 2. Onstage or in the studio, Trapp has supported the world’s most talented and best selling artists including Garth Brooks, John Oates, Trisha Yearwood, Vince Gill, Travis Tritt, Dolly Parton, Tim O'Brien, Delbert McClinton, Randy Travis, Jerry Douglas, George Jones, Alison Krauss, Sam Bush, Tony Rice, Earl Scruggs, Lyle Lovett, Rosanne Cash, "Cowboy" Jack Clement and many others.

Trapp was surrounded by music during his youth on the Florida/Alabama coast. His family exposed him to numerous genres. By age seven Trapp had taken up harmonica, by 10 he had graduated to guitar, and later learned mandolin. Joining his first band at age 13, he was a regular performer at the clubs, festivals and events up and down the gulf coast. At ages 15 and 16 he won consecutive statewide guitar and mandolin competitions in Alabama. At 18 Guthrie went tonashville to record on Gove Scrivenor’s album, Shine On, which featured top notch musicians John Prine, Nanci Griffith, Lari White and Ray Flacke. Also a young adult, he teamed up with Nick Branch to form the popular band Filthy Rich touring throughout the US and France.

Trapp eventually settled in Nashville in 2001, paying early dues with the heralded Don Kelley Band at the famed honky-tonk Robert’s Western World. He made his way to Music Row, where one of his first master sessions was playing mandolin along side Willie Weeks, Ian Wallace and Tim Hinkley.

Trapp has come a long way since his FloraBama days, but the musical influences of his youth on the coast remain with him.