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16 Tempos to Accelerate Your Guitar Skills! | Guitar Lesson

Do you use a metronome when practicing guitar? Like the guitar pick and the capo, the metronome is one of the most valuable tools the guitarist has at their disposal. It provides objective feedback on tempo and timing and is a valuable tool to develop a solid sense of rhythm and timing. If you’re like…

Which Strings are Best for Bluegrass Acoustic Guitar?

Your guitar strings are one of the biggest factors that determine the quality of the overall sound and play-ability of your acoustic guitar. Electric guitar players tend to select nickel strings in a lighter gauge that do not have a wound G string. Acoustic guitar players prefer a heavier gauge with a wound G string…

How to Choose a Bluegrass Guitar Capo

The bluegrass guitar capo is one of the most important tools you have in your guitar case for controlling your tone. The capo allows the bluegrass picker to play out of the G position in almost any key. This gives you access open strings while soloing and flatpicking melodies at speed. Norman Blake points out…

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 or your choice of capo, 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…

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…

How to Play “Blue Railroad Train” by Tony Rice

This song is played with capo on the third fret and out of the D position which means it’s in the key of E. The chord progression for “Blue Railroad Train” uses an A – A – B – B form. When playing rhythm guitar on this tune, the form differs slightly over the lead…