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Fingerstyle Delta Blues in Double Drop D Tuning

Lesson ID: A0207

In this guitar lesson, you’ll learn a 12 bar fingerstyle delta blues progression in double drop D tuning (DADGBD). This progression is best played at a slow speed and it has a really nice bluesy sound. We’ll work through the tablature two bars at a time until we cover all 12 bars. At the end, practice the 12 bar blues progression with me.

Pay close attention to my thumb that plucks the bass note line. The thumb plucks the bass note on each quarter note count and we’ll play various melody notes in between the bass line with our pointer and middle fingers. Overall, this is a great lesson for working on fingerstyle blues guitar.

The tablature download is available below the lesson video.

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Listen to the delta blues progression
00:46 min Line 1 – Bars 1 & 2
01:39 min Line 1 – Bars 3 & 4
02:33 min Line 2 – Bars 5 & 6
03:26 min Line 2 – Bars 7 & 8
04:17 min Line 3 – Bars 9 & 10
05:08 min Line 3 – Bars 11 & 12
06:05 min Practice all 12 bars with me

Easy Flatpicking Intro – Grateful Dead

Lesson ID: A0197

In this guitar lesson, we’ll take a look at some simple rhythm and lead from the song “Ripple” by Grateful Dead. First, we’ll work through two basic chord progressions in G and we’ll add some vocals for those of y’all wanting to sing with this song. Then, in the second half of this lesson, you’ll learn a nice guitar intro that mixes the melody of “Ripple” with country & bluegrass strumming.


Flatpicking Intro

Video 1 – Playthrough with Tablature – Flatpicking Intro

Video 2 – Full Breakdown – Flatpicking Intro

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Measures 1 through 4
04:16 min Measures 5 through 8
07:49 min Measures 9 through 12


“Walk On Boy” in the Style of Doc Watson

Lesson ID: A0192

In this guitar lesson, we’ll work through a progression from the classic song “Walk On Boy.” The original version of this song was written by Mel Tillis and Wayne Walker. The flatpicking arrangement that you’ll learn in this lesson is similar to “Walk On Boy” as it was performed by Doc Watson. After we work on the main flatpicking guitar break, we’ll take a closer look at this song’s rhythm guitar part including the chord progression and vocals.



Full Breakdown

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Capo 2nd fret to practice along with Doc Watson.

Johnny Cash Style Intro and Bass Walks

Lesson ID: A0186

In this guitar lesson, we’ll work on some Johnny Cash style rhythm guitar. First we’ll take a look at an intro progression and learn a few bass line walks that will give your playing that Johnny Cash country sound. Then we’ll talk about a really easy way to use the chord numbering system to change keys when you’re playing country music. After we discuss some important music theory concepts, we’ll practice applying the chord numbering system to another chord progression in the style of Johnny Cash.