How to Choose a Bluegrass Guitar Flatpick

Pickers will tell you, their choice of guitar flatpicks are largely a matter of personal preference. Like the guitar itself, musicians usually go with what feels best for their personal style of playing and the tonality of their particular instrument. In this post, I’ll go over a few of my thoughts on picks and specifically…

Top 5 Most Iconic Martin D-28 Guitars in Bluegrass

Through the history of bluegrass guitar, many iconic guitar players have added their unique sound and vision to the catalog of traditional American music. In many cases, the guitar that these influential pickers play is just as iconic as the person. In addition to their playing technique, their signature sound can equally be defined by…

How to Pick | 3 Concepts – Pick Angle, Anchoring and Pick Location

Whether for a few people at a coffee shop, an open mic, a club or theatre, playing live is the best practice you can have. There are no do-overs. You have to play on the beat and when the solo comes to you, you better be ready! I struggled for years with playing fast, particularly…

Creating Effective Bluegrass Guitar Solos | 3 Concepts – Beginner/Intermediate Guitar Lesson

In certain musical situations, the head or the lead part will be passed around from player to player. Even the bass player will occasionally take a solo over the melody of a fiddle tune! Sometimes, you haven’t heard the song or don’t know how to play the melody. In this situation, it helps to have…

5 Tips to Improve Your Playing

By Brandon Johnson 1. Play Music, Not Just the Notes Sometimes I notice when someone is struggling to play a guitar ‘part’ that they rehearsed on stage instead of playing music. It’s always obvious when someone is trying to play something exactly like they rehearsed it or how they expect to hear it. We are…