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I’ve taken the liberty to provide the tabs for all the songs listed as well.  Please take a moment to download these tabs (Right click, “Save Link As…”) for an even more valuable experience.  You’ll get the most from this and other videos to be released on this page by having your guitar available and reading the tabs while watching the videos.

Wilder Mountain Coal 

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About the song

The first sample video for my Bluegrass Guitar Essentials I’d like to introduce you to is for a song entitled “Wilder Mountain Coal.”  This is the title track for the album of the same name by the band I play Bluegrass Guitar for called Wilder Mountain. In this video, you’ll learn how I approached this solo using one of my favorite tunings: Drop D!  This is a very popular tuning utilized by such Bluegrass Guitar LEGENDS as Tony Rice, Bryan Sutton, and Dan Crary.

I’m sure you’ll enjoy learning how to use this tuning for your own soloing as well. Tammy Melton, our Banjo player, wrote the lyrics and I composed the solo seen above. You can learn more information about our second album, Wilder Mountain Coal, in the video above.

Thanks for watching and please stay tuned to www.BluegrassGuitarEssentials.com for more Bluegrass Guitar videos to be released in the coming weeks as I prepare for the launch of my brand new guitar instructional course: Bluegrass Guitar Essentials.

The Legend of Captain John

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About the song

The 2nd sample video for my Bluegrass Guitar Essentials is for the solo to a song I wrote many years ago that many of my YouTube audience is already familiar with entitled “The Legend of Captain John.”

When recording this song for our second album “Wilder Mountain Coal” I decided I wanted to add a heart-felt solo that just wasn’t present on this recording on our first album “Bluer Shade of Green.”

In this video, I’ll show you how I approached this solo using one of the most popular chord shapes in Bluegrass Guitar: C!  I sing this song in E flat, which is what Tony Rice sings “Church Street Blues” in—a major inspiration for the picking style of this song.

This solo uses many stylish and “finesse” type licks and phrases with hammer-ons, pull-offs, and smooth, lengthy slides.  These techniques are part of what I feel are the “essential” techniques most Bluegrass guitar Legends like Tony Rice, Bryan Sutton, Steve Kaufman, David Grier, Kenny Smith, and many others use in their playing which I go over extensively in Bluegrass Guitar Essentials.

Thanks for watching and please stay tuned to www.BluegrassGuitarEssentials.com for more Bluegrass Guitar videos to be released in the coming weeks as I prepare for the launch of my brand new guitar instructional course: Bluegrass Guitar Essentials.

Lonely Tonight

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About the song

Welcome to the 3rd sample video for my Bluegrass Guitar Essentials course.  This video is for the solo to another song I wrote entitled “Lonely Tonight.”  This was the first tune I wrote that I considered a “Waltz” tune.

This is a great tune that talks about a guy who’s been abandoned by his true love.  He only wanted to live the familiar dream of marrying his true love, but never envisioned her leaving and his whole world come crumbling apart.  Fortunately, he has some friends who tell him how foolish it is to keep holding onto something that’s clearly not coming back.

This video features a lesson for the solo of the song which will help you break free from the “comfort zone” of staying near the first 5 frets.  It involves some big slides, melodic double stops, and a simple way to lead into a key modulation at the end.  If you listen carefully you can hear the emotion that I tried hard to squeeze out of every note.

The techniques in “Lonely Tonight” are more examples of what I feel are the “essential” techniques most Bluegrass guitar Legends like Tony Rice, Bryan Sutton, Steve Kaufman, David Grier, Kenny Smith, and many others use in their playing which I go over extensively in Bluegrass Guitar Essentials.

Thanks for watching and please stay tuned to www.BluegrassGuitarEssentials.com for more Bluegrass Guitar videos to be released in the coming weeks as I prepare for the launch of my brand new guitar instructional course: Bluegrass Guitar Essentials.

 

3 Essential Bluegrass Licks

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About the video

The 4th sample video for my Bluegrass Guitar Essentials course is a change of pace.  Up to now, I’ve been showing you some solos that convey the essence of what Bluegrass Guitar Essentials is all about.  But most people know a few songs and fiddle tunes and what they really want to learn is more licks.

That’s where this video comes in.  In my course I cover a ton of licks for the keys of G, C, and D—what I feel are the 3 essential keys for learning Bluegrass guitar.  To give you a sample of the quality of licks that I share in the course, I’ve decided to include some of them in a sample video so you’ll be able to use them in your own playing.

The licks I go over involve one of my personal favorite techniques that’s also one of the most used by many Bluegrass guitar Legends such as Tony Rice, Bryan Sutton, Clarence White, and David Grier.  It’s called the first fret pull-off, and I know you’ll find it useful in your own playing because I myself have found this technique to be invaluable.

As a bonus, I also share some essential tips for playing better Bluegrass guitar that everyone—whether you’re a Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced player—can apply to their own playing styles and instantly sound more professional and become better at their left and right hand coordination.

Thanks for watching and please stay tuned to www.BluegrassGuitarEssentials.com for more Bluegrass Guitar videos to be released in the coming weeks as I prepare for the launch of my brand new guitar instructional course: Bluegrass Guitar Essentials.

 

Bluegrass Guitar Essentials in a Nutshell

About the video

For more in-depth detail about the course, check out Pts. 1 & 2 of my Bluegrass Guitar Essentials Big Reveal Hangout:

Guitarpreneur Hangout | Pt. 1 – Bluegrass Guitar Course BIG REVEAL!!!

Guitarpreneur Hangout | Pt. 2 – Bluegrass Guitar Course BIG REVEAL!!!

It’s time for my 5th and final sample video from my Bluegrass Guitar Essentials course! I hope you’ve enjoyed the other videos and tabs thus far. If so, please check out the site at http://www.BluegrassGuitarEssentials.com where you can find more information about the course, sign up for email updates regarding it’s release, and find free videos and articles that are sure to help you in your search for better flatpicking!

In this video, I’ll go over what Bluegrass Guitar Essentials is all about. You’ll see what I was thinking in the process of creating the course and why I chose to include the materials covered.  You’ll also see what I believe are the “essentials” when it comes to playing Bluegrass guitar like Flatpicking Legends such as Tony Rice, Bryan Sutton, David Grier, Kenny Smith, Doc Watson, Clarence White, Dan Crary, and many others.

Note: This is the only sample video for which there aren’t any tabs.

Thanks for watching and please stay tuned to www.BluegrassGuitarEssentials.com as I prepare for the launch of my brand new guitar instructional course: Bluegrass Guitar Essentials.

 

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2 Responses to “Sample Videos”

  1. Aaron April 21, 2014 at 4:36 pm Permalink

    I am curious to where the tabs are? not able to find them.Thanks guy.

    • ebeaty May 15, 2014 at 2:42 pm Permalink

      Aaron, you can find the download link directly below each video for sample vids 1-4. Video 5 doesn’t have tabs. Just look for the “Download the tabs for [video title]” and click on it. You can view/save the tabs from there. Sorry for the confusion.