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Intermediate Stock Bluegrass Licks

Lesson 3 – Bluegrass Guitar Solo Improvising Course
Lesson ID: A0114

In this bluegrass guitar lesson, we’ll increase the difficulty a bit! I’ll show you four more bluegrass guitar licks that will take your picking skills to the next level. I’ll also talk more about the guitar scales that we’re using to create these bluegrass licks. After you master the guitar licks, practice the arranged solo and your bluegrass improvising skills with the jam track!

Overview

Lick 1

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min First Measure – Breakdown with Tablature
01:40 min Proper Pick Stroke Direction for Speed
03:16 min Second Measure – Breakdown with Tablature

Lick 2

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Lick 1 Breakdown with Tablature
02:11 min Combine Lick 1 and Lick 2

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Lick 3

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min How Lick 3 is Formed Around the D Chord
01:07 min Lick 3 Breakdown with Tablature
03:21 min Combine Lick 1, Lick 2, and Lick 3

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Lick 4

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Lick 4 Breakdown with Tablature
01:53 min How to Practice the Bluegrass Licks

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Scales Discussion

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Guitar Scales for Bluegrass Licks
01:41 min How to Visualize the Scales When You’re Improvising
02:52 min Bluegrass Guitar Licks Formed Around Open Chords
06:21 min Breaking out of the Pentatonic Scale Box When You’re Soloing
09:49 min Combining the Melody of Bluegrass Songs with Stock Bluegrass Licks

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Jam Track

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Overview
00:29 min Listen to All Four Bluegrass Licks Played in a Row
01:10 min Bluegrass Lick Example with the Jam Track

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Ron
Ron(@ron)
5 years ago

Incredible lesson, Devin! A lot of fun to practice. Keep up the good work.

Curtis
Curtis(@curtis)
5 years ago

Awesome licks!! This is the sound I’m looking for, and you did a really nice job teaching.

Martin
Martin(@martinfan)
5 years ago

Another very good lesson. Thanks a lot Devin.

Randy
Randy(@randyodea57gmail-com)
5 years ago

I sure enjoy your lessons but am catching on!!

o.svela
o.svela(@o-svelahotmail-com)
4 years ago
Reply to  Devin

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I’m enjoying and learning a lot of bluegrass/country stuff from your lessons. This past summer I joined a bluegrass/country/gospel band (dobro/mandolin/standup bass/vocalist) in dire need of an acoustic guitar player. I had never played in a band before and had never played on stage. So the learning curve was steep and scary. I was okay, at that point, as a pick-and-strum rhythm player. But I need to add to my arsenal some fills and runs and that’s why I signed up for your courses. And so far, you’re lessons are providing that.

Olav

joseph
joseph(@josephsummersgmail-com)
3 years ago

Hi Devin

I’m finding Myself naturally wanting to pick in the wrong direction sometimes. Is this OK or should I use the up/down pattern? Thanks in advance 🙂

joseph
joseph(@josephsummersgmail-com)
3 years ago
Reply to  Devin

Thanks Devin!

john
john(@johnjohngallmusic-com)
3 years ago

Hi Devin, New student here, loving your lessons! Is there anyway to slow down the mp3 jam track… can’t quite keep up yet.
Thanks

john
john(@johnjohngallmusic-com)
3 years ago
Reply to  Devin

Thanks Devin!

toottoot
toottoot(@toottootcomcast-net)
2 years ago

I wish I could loop on this lesson

mikekna
mikekna(@mikeknamsn-com)
2 years ago
Reply to  Devin

If you could get the ab looper back that would be great. I found it very helpful for learning the more complicated single note runs. Thanks!

toottoot
toottoot(@toottootcomcast-net)
2 years ago

I cant find the mp3 jam track

toottoot
toottoot(@toottootcomcast-net)
2 years ago

I can play along with you at the slower speed, should practice more to play at full speed before I go to the next lesson

tischlere
tischlere(@tischleregmail-com)
2 years ago

These lessons are the best. So clear, well taught – just what I was looking for! Many thanks!

Tim Gore
Tim Gore(@timgore33)
2 years ago

Where is this MP3 you always talk about?

Jocelyn
Jocelyn(@jocelyn)
2 years ago
Reply to  Devin

Devin, how do you get fast and clear. What are the steps? Sometimes I think that I’ll never be able to play that fast and clean and believe me I TRY.

joe michelotti
joe michelotti(@banjoe)
1 year ago

where do we go to learn the pentatonic scales

Scott
Scott(@scott-campbell64yahoo-com)
1 year ago

Really enjoying the lessons, Devin. Sometimes it feels like the 8ths should swing. Other times if feels straight. Does bluegrass swing? Or maybe you should just play it so fast that it doesn’t matter!

Aaron
Aaron(@aaron)
1 year ago

I’m having trouble playing the jam tracks don’t know if it’s my internet or what . The video’s play fine

Helmut
Helmut(@helmut)
1 year ago

Genial!!! Das hätte ich gerne vor 40 Jahren gehabt!!!

Paul Murphy
Paul Murphy(@1malandro)
24 days ago

A nice call-and-response pattern!