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Dust in a Baggie by Billy Strings

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Lesson ID: A0209

In this guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play the guitar solos from “Dust in a Baggie” by Billy Strings. We’re going to cover the popular version on YouTube where Billy is playing this song on a couch. We’ll cover all the guitar breaks that Billy plays in this version. The tablature files are available for download below the lesson videos.

Guitar Break 2

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Guitar Break 3

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Guitar Break 4

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Backing Track

This backing track loops the Guitar Break Chord Progression over and over. Enjoy!

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“Nothing To It” In the Style of Billy Strings

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Lesson ID: A0201

In this guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play a variation of the song “Nothing To It” written by Doc Watson in the style of Billy Strings. This song is loaded with some classic Doc Watson style guitar licks that you can use when you’re improvising guitar solos in the key of C. The guitar riffs and melody line walks in this song use some unusual note combinations which will really help push your flatpicking to the next level.

If this song is a bit out of your comfort zone, we recommend trying to learn it at a very slow pace. Focus on getting clean pick strokes, relax the grip on your guitar pick, and pick each note softly. This practice method will help you build the right technique and muscle memory — your picking speed and volume will develop over time. Overall, this is a great song for working on flatpicking technique!

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Playthrough with TAB

Gear Used in This Lesson

Bluegrass Series Mid Tension / Acoustic Guitar Strings

https://woodtonestrings.com/product/classic-triangle-pick-1-0mm-3-pack/

Fishin’ Creek Blues

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Lesson ID: A0198

In this guitar lesson, we’ll take a look at a flatpicking arrangement in the style of “Fishin’ Creek Blues” by Dan Crary. As you learn this tune, you’ll see how Dan Crary uses some unusual note combinations in his flatpicking. Try to commit some of his licks to memory and use them when you’re improvising over other songs in the key of D. Overall this is a great lesson for working on pick control and letting notes ring out to create nice overtones that will smooth out your playing.

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Playthrough with TAB

Cold Frosty Morning

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Lesson ID: A0194

In this guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play the traditional bluegrass tune called “Cold Frosty Morning”. This song dates back to the 1700s and it has become a favorite tune played at bluegrass jams. It’s a great song to use for working on your bluegrass flatpicking — practice picking the melody at a slow pace in the beginning and increase your speed in increments. Also, don’t worry about volume at first. Try to pick each note with a nice, clean, and soft pick stroke. This will help you build the right technique and the speed and volume will develop over time. “Cold Frosty Morning” guitar tablature is available for download below the lesson video.

Overview

Arrangement 2

Video 1 – Playthrough with TAB – High-Pitched Arrangement

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Video 2 – Full Breakdown – High-Pitched Arrangement

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Chord Progression

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Backing Track

Video 1 – Slower Backing Track 160BPM

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Video 2 – Faster Backing Track 200BPM

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