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  • Acoustic: Directory of Acoustic style lessons.
  • Bluegrass: Directory of Bluegrass style lessons.
    •       (Ben Lindholm) 1: Bluegrass Lick Library G2 Bluegrass Lick Library G2 builds on the Bluegrass Lick Library G1 tutorial. Here I will increase the difficulty a little bit, still keeping it fairly simple as far as bluegrass goes. We will play over the same backing track as the G1 tutorial - G | C | D | G | - and I will show you nine more licks to add to your personal lick library.
    •       (Ben Lindholm) 2: Bluegrass Lick Library G1 In this first tutorial in my Bluegrass Lick Library series is for the noviceĀ guitar player who wants to venture into the land of bluegrass guitar. I will give you nine simple licks that you can use over a standard I IV V chord progression in the key of G major. We will practice them one by one, then three at a time, and ultimately all of them one after the other. Good luck!
    •       (J.D. Jarrell) 1: Fast Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar This tutorial on fast bluegrass rhythm was inspired by a friend of mine in the forum. He asked about the strumming techniques all the legendary bluegrass guitar pickers used when playing really fast songs. Im using only downstrokes with the pick, to put even more drive into it. These lessons are the 1, 4, and 5 chord in the key of G, using this fast boom chick strumming pattern.
    •       (J.D. Jarrell) 2: Fast Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar with Fills This tutorial on fast bluegrass rhythm was inspired by a friend of mine in the forum. He wanted to learn fills used to walk into the next chord, and I'm still using only downstrokes with the pick. In the first lesson the fills walk you into the 4 chord, and then back to the 1. The next lesson walks into the 5 chord, and back to the 1. The third one is playing everything together, and the last two are G runs picking up and downstrokes.
    •       (J.D. Jarrell) 3: Driving Bluegrass Rhythm: Medium Tempo This tutorial on driving bluegrass rhythm was inspired by a good friend of mine in the forum. He wanted to know about strumming techniques all the legendary bluegrass guitar pickers used. This 16th note boom chick pattern is another one, and here I'm using a ghost strum too. I'm playing up and downstrokes with the pick, and using the 1, 4, and 5 chord in the key of G.
    •       (J.D. Jarrell) 4: Driving Bluegrass Rhythm: Medium Tempo With Fills This tutorial on driving bluegrass rhythm was inspired by a good friend of mine in the forum. I'm using only downstrokes with the pick for the fills, but using up and downstrokes for strumming. In the first lesson I used the fills to walk into the 4 chord, then back to the 1. In the next lesson I walk into the 5 chord, then back to the 1, and the last one is the full progression.
    •       (J.D. Jarrell) 5: Driving Bluegrass Rhythm: Strumming 16th Notes This tutorial on driving bluegrass rhythm was inspired by a good friend of mine in the forum. He wanted to know about strumming techniques all the legendary bluegrass guitar pickers used. This is another 16th note boom chick pattern, but it doesn't have the ghost strum in it. I'm using both up and downstrokes with a pick, and strumming them with the 1, 4, and 5 chord in the key of G.
    •       (J.D. Jarrell) 6: Bluegrass Rhythm: Strumming 16th Notes With Fills This tutorial on driving bluegrass rhythm was inspired by a good friend of mine in the forum. I'm using only downstrokes with the pick for the fills, but using up and downstrokes for strumming. In the first lesson I use the fills to walk into the 4 chord, then back to the 1. The next lesson walks you into the 5 chord, then back to the 1, and the last one is the full progression.
    •       (J.D. Jarrell) 7: Syncopated Strumming Patterns This tutorial on syncopated strumming patterns was inspired by a good friend of mine in the forum. He asked about some of the bluegrass strumming techniques that can drive the rhythm of a song. I'll start with a couple of easy ones, and then get into the more complicated patterns. I'm using a G chord for all of these, so you can hear the difference that the syncopated strumming makes in the sound.
    •       (J.D. Jarrell) 8: Introduction To Crosspicking This tutorial on crosspicking was inspired by a subscriber in the forum, and in these lessons I'll get you started by showing you a simple pattern starting on different strings. The first one is using open strings, and starts on the 4th string. Then I'll show the roll starting on the 3rd string, the 5th string, and the 6th string. Then I'll put them all together, and crosspick from C to G.
    •       (J.D. Jarrell) 9: Crosspicking Combinations This tutorial on crosspicking was inspired by a subscriber in the forum, and in these lessons I show you another pattern used for crosspicking. I'll show you the same pattern starting on different strings, and then put them into 3 exercises using the 1, 4, and 5 chords in the key of G. Then I'll show you the combinations for a 1, 4, 5, 1 progression, and there's even an alternate ending.
    •       (J.D. Jarrell) 10: Four Flatpicking Bluegrass Licks In G! This tutorial on flatpicking was inspired by my earliest musical influences, and also the greatest flatpickers in history. The first lesson has a couple of licks for the G chord, then the next one I start in G and go to the 4 chord. Then I go back to the G chord for the third lesson, and in the last one I go to the 5 chord, and then back to the G chord to finish it up.
    •       (Bobby Howe) Black Mountain Rag (Chet Atkins Style) Several subscribers have indicated an interest in learning more about the Chet Atkins thumb and finger style, so this tutorial has been created to go into quite a bit of detail to show the learner how to learn it.
    •       (Anders Mouridsen) Stealing From Banjo & Dobro In this tutorial we're gonna look at two traditional bluegrass instruments and how they apply to regular guitar playing. We're gonna talk about the tuning, technique and style of both the banjo and the dobro and look at how you can work these sounds into your regular guitar playing. At the end of the tutorial we're gonna play through an old bluegrass tune using all the new techniques.
    •       (Ben Helson) The Tony Rice Style: Modern Bluegrass Master Tony Rice fuses many elements into one distinctive style. This series of lessons will take a look at some of the concepts used in his style: jazz-influenced chords, syncopated and varied rhythm playing, unique use of pentatonic scales, and chords in lead lines and chord substitutions. We'll put them all together into a solo that exploits all of the techniques.
  • Blues: Directory of Blues style lessons.
  • Classical: Directory of Classical style lessons.
  • Country: Directory of Country style lessons.
  • Funk: Directory of Funk style lessons.
  • Jazz: Directory of Jazz style lessons.
  • Metal: Directory of Metal style lessons.
  • Rock: Directory of Rock style lessons.
  • Rockabilly: Directory of Rockabilly style lessons.
  • Surf: Directory of Surf style lessons.
  • World Music: Directory of World Music style lessons.

Song Lessons

  • Acoustic: Directory of Acoustic song lessons.
  • Bluegrass: Directory of Bluegrass song lessons.
  • Blues: Directory of Blues song lessons.
  • Classical: Directory of Classical song lessons.
  • Country: Directory of Country song lessons.
  • Funk: Directory of Funk song lessons.
  • Jazz: Directory of Jazz song lessons.
  • Metal: Directory of Metal song lessons.
  • Rock: Directory of Rock song lessons.
  • Rockabilly: Directory of Rockabilly song lessons.
  • Surf: Directory of Surf song lessons.
  • World Music: Directory of World Music song lessons.

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  • Anders Mouridsen Anders has been playing guitar since he was 11. A native from Denmark, he grew up studying and...
  • Andrew Szucs Andrew Szucs is a prog-metal player in the Los Angeles area with chops aplenty. His lessons show up...
  • Andy Gurley Andy learned his first chords from his grandmother at age seven. He got serious about playing at...
  • Ben Graves Ben Graves is a serious professional musician and is always on the road. His catalog is short and...
  • Ben Helson Ben Helson is a young country and bluegrass guitarist out of Nashville. He's an in-demand touring...
  • Ben Lindholm Swedish musician Ben Lindholm began playing piano and guitar at the age of 10. Inspired by a...
  • Caren Armstrong Caren first laid hands on a guitar when she was 10 years old; and she started teaching just three...
  • Christopher Schlegel Christopher was born with music in his bones. At the wee age of 5 he built a makeshift podium so...
  • Dale Turner Dale Turner is an acoustic guitar specialist with a wealth of performing, recording and teaching...
  • Dave Celentano Dave Celentano is one of the industry's hottest and most sought-after guitar instructors, and has...
  • Don Madison Don Madison is a metal man through and through. He'll teach you tapping, shred licks, and an...
  • Doug Fearman Doug has been playing guitar for 45 years, having first picked up the instrument in 1965. He took...
  • Douglas Showalter Douglas Showalter is a professional guitarist/songwriter/producer based in Nashville. He took to...
  • Eric Barnett Eric Barnett brings a high level of skill to Guitar Tricks and he teaches some of the most...
  • Forrest Lee, Jr. Forrest Lee, Jr. is a country man through and through. He brings his particular brand of specialty...
  • Geoff Earley Based in the Los Angeles area, the talented Geoff Earley brings a unique and fun perspective on...
  • Henrik Linde Henrik caught onto the guitar at a young age, was inspired by the punk scene in his home country...
  • J.D. Jarrell J.D. Jarrell is the real deal when it comes to country music. A mainstay of the Nashville music...
  • Jinx Jones Jinx Jones has amassed professional experience in nearly every conceivable style and genre on the...
  • Joe Delia Joe Delia is a soulful rock player and composer with many years of private teaching experience....
  • Joel Van Dijk Joel Van Dijk has the funk in his veins. His style tutorial on Funk will teach you the ins and...
  • Jon Broderick Jon Broderick is the founder and CEO of Guitar Tricks. In 2005, Jon "retired" from his career as a...
  • Kenny Echizen Kenny Echizen is a funk-loving talented player based out of Los Angeles. His artist study on...
  • Lawrence Katz Lawrence Katz has turned his passion for music into an immensely successful and diverse career....
  • Lee Wanner Lee Wanner is a serious metal and rock player based in Los Angeles. His musical expertise is a...
  • Lisa McCormick Lisa started playing guitar at age 10. In college, she learned music theory and education, getting...
  • Michael Eisenstein An expert on alternative rock, Michael Eisenstein (aka., "USA Mike") has played with Letters to...
  • Michael Elsner Michael Elsner has carved out a career as a top session player in television and film in Los...
  • Mick Leonardi Following other modern artists in the vein of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Cat Stevens, and Nick Drake,...
  • Mike Olekshy Mike started playing guitar when he was 13 years old after hearing the intro to Van Halen's "Aint...
  • Neal Walter Classically trained starting at the young age of 7 on guitar, Neal Walter really knows his stuff....
  • Ned Luberecki Ned Luberecki is another Nashville guitar master. He's a banjo virtuoso who doubles on guitar....
  • Nick Kellie The highly-touted and talented Nick Kellie came to the US from the UK, where he won several...
  • Prashant Aswani Prashant Aswani is a shredding master based in Los Angeles. His artist studies on George Lynch,...
  • Ralph Spight Ralph Spight's lessons present his expertise in the punk style, as well as in rock. He's one of...
  • Regi Wooten Regi Wooten is one of a kind. As the oldest of the Wooten Brothers, he taught his younger brothers...
  • Sharon Aguilar Sharon Aguilar is best known as the guitarist for chart-topping vocalist Cee Lo Green. An...
  • Tom Finch Tom picked up the guitar when he was 12 and never put it down. In addition to his roots in...
  • Wayne Neal I live in a little country area named Kitts Hill.(Ohio) I have played music since I was 4 years...

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