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Beginner Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar

Lesson ID: A0038

Bluegrass rhythm guitar is one of the most important parts of a bluegrass band. Since there typically aren’t drums in a bluegrass band, the rhythm guitar player sets the pace instead. In this lesson we’ll go over several important bluegrass rhythm guitar techniques that you need to know. This lesson is geared towards beginners but there’s some good stuff for all skill levels.

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Lesson Overview
00:57 min Drums of the Bluegrass Band
01:41 min Basic Boom Chick Pattern
02:30 min Chord Progression Example
05:44 min Turnaround Riff
08:12 min Rhythm Hammer-Ons
09:42 min Filler Riff Between the G and C Chords
10:30 min G Lick Ending

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5 years ago

Good class – what’s the next video in this series that I should go to next?

Jocelyn Beauregard
Jocelyn Beauregard(@jocelyn)
5 years ago

Nice bluegrass intro…

5 years ago

Nice lesson. I like the way the instructor immediately starts incorporating fill in licks and runs between the chords as well as the final G lick at the end. These little fillers make what would otherwise become a boring chord progression more interesting.

One tiny suggestion: could you also have some tablature in which the licks and fills are written out? I find the combination of visual demonstration and written out guitar parts helps maximize my learning.

Keep up the good work!

4 years ago

So am I correct when saying that on the G maj, one can not only alternate between 6 and 4 strings but also 6 and 5 when hammering into that B?

James Minot
James Minot(@jimmi2)
11 months ago
Reply to  Devin

Still a little confused. You are playing the full G bar, adding the three notes for the lick, then playing the full C bar? Or are you modifying the G and C bars to accomadate the extra notes? Watched this several times but it happens to fast to figure out. Thanks!

1 year ago

Hello devin,
where can I find more lessons that are interesting for beginners?
Greetings Helmut