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Hot Bluegrass Guitar Licks & Improvising Tips

Lesson 5 – Bluegrass Guitar Solo Improvising Course
Lesson ID: A0157

In this guitar lesson, you’ll learn several barn-burning bluegrass guitar licks that’ll turn some heads at your next bluegrass jam. We’ll also talk some more about how to use bluegrass licks, how bluegrass licks are structured around common bluegrass chord progressions, and how you can combine bluegrass licks to create catchy bluegrass guitar solos. By the end of this guitar lesson, you should be able to play a nice bluegrass guitar solo break over the bluegrass standard “Wreck of the Old ’97”.

Licks & Tricks

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Lesson Overview
01:07 min Bluegrass Lead Guitar Improvising Tips
08:41 min Bluegrass Lick 1 over G Chord
10:21 min Bluegrass Lick 2 over C Chord
11:36 min Bluegrass Lick 3 over G Chord
12:41 min Helpful Tip for Improving Your Pull-offs

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Jocelyn Beauregard
Jocelyn Beauregard(@jocelyn)
5 years ago

Good one! Thanks Devin….

5 years ago

I’t s a very interesting solo. I realize now that each lick begins or ends or both with the root note of the chord,or goes from the root note of the chord to the one of the next chord. I know it’s obvious, but now I feel it deeply. The chord is maybe more like a effect, the real cause is the root of the chord.
It begins to sing in my head : G C D, and I begin to memorize those licks more rapidly thank’s to that.
Great lesson, thank you !

5 years ago

It is starting to make more sense! THanks, very helpful lesson

5 years ago

Gidday devon.
Gary here from newzealand. I’ve been struggling with guitar for years and joined a few online lesson sites but have only progressed slowly because nobody really teaches the basic fundamentals of how to properly string chords and licks together in an easy to understand way. Until now . I joined your site about a month or so ago and now because of the way you teach all the peices are finally coming together and i finally have got people asking me to play.
Thankyou and i look foward to your future lessons.
Gary .

5 years ago

I love these lessons. I need to have more time to sit with them, but kids… Anyway, I’ll keep at ’em. This is so great.

5 years ago

Hello new member here from Glasgow, Scotland. Got to finish off those Youtube licks!

5 years ago

These are the best sounding licks around I can’t wait to learn them. Thanks Devin.

5 years ago

Devin, i hear this solo all the time at Bluegrass jams this is the one i really want to learn. i have been practicing it till my fingers feel like they’re going to fall off. This is a great lesson.

5 years ago

You are making this competition really tough!!! LOL! I can’t keep up!

5 years ago

Devin, I have the licks down and i can play them all the way through but i’m having a hard time playing them to the backing track. even when i slow every thing down i seems either I loose track of where i’m at with the licks or loose track of where i’m at with the backing track. Do you have a suggestion.

5 years ago

This is a great lesson. I’d love to see more where you get a little into the theory side of things and explain why you’d play a certain riff/scale over a given chord. I love bar 13. Thanks!

4 years ago

Devin do you always have to start your lick on the root of the chord can I start it on the 3rd or 5th or 7th if your playing a 7th chord

4 years ago

Nice lesson this one Devin..thanks

3 years ago

Hey Devin,
Yet another great lesson.. (per usual)…quick question…I haven’t quite finished the lesson so maybe it’s too soon to ask …but…which scale does the D# in measure three come out of?
…would it actually be e-flat, the blue third in the key of C?
…it sounds awesome …regardless…

Last edited 3 years ago by cwsehn
George Lange
George Lange(@georgeanddoris66hotmail-com)
3 years ago

Excellent lesson

3 years ago

Super, vielen Dank Devin!

Matt Houston
Matt Houston(@matthewphoustongmail-com)
2 years ago

Devin, I’ve been playing for 30 years and got the bluegrass bug bad about a year ago. I don’t think there is a more fun genre to learn and play, and when you finally start to rip some of those ‘hot’ licks, it is so rewarding. With that said, I was struggling until I found CGO, but now that I have, I’m having more fun than ever and I have ‘breakthroughs’ about once a week thanks to your lessons. IMO, CGO is the best bluegrass teaching tool on the web. Keep it coming, Devin, and thanks!