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Common Bluegrass Flatpicking Licks

Lesson ID: A0083

In this guitar lesson video, I’ll teach you 16 common bluegrass flatpicking guitar licks that will come in handy at your next bluegrass jam. We’ll break down each lick with tablature and I’ll show you how you can use these guitar licks with the majority of bluegrass songs. All of these flatpicking licks are in the key of G and they’re designed to help you improvise your own guitar solos. If you like this guitar lesson, you might also like our Bluegrass Lick Library.

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Lesson Overview
02:16 min Using Licks with Songs
05:52 min Lick 1 and Other Tips
10:32 min Lick 2 Breakdown
11:53 min Lick 3 Breakdown
12:33 min Lick 4 Breakdown
13:17 min Lick 5 Breakdown
15:02 min Lick 6 Breakdown
15:41 min Lick 7 Breakdown
16:46 min Lick 8 Breakdown
18:03 min Lick 9 Breakdown
18:35 min Lick 10 Breakdown
19:51 min Lick 11 Breakdown
20:26 min Lick 12 Breakdown
21:16 min Lick 13 Breakdown
22:22 min Lick 14 Breakdown
23:22 min Lick 15 Breakdown
24:05 min Lick 16 Breakdown
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ty katibah
ty katibah(@tyk55)
7 years ago

Very cool ! That should keep me busy for quite some time. This concept also works with songs (not just fiddle tunes). Just pick out the song’s basic melody and throw in a lick or two or three or four. A great way to begin improvising your own solos. Thanks Devin.

Tim Miller
Tim Miller(@tim)
7 years ago

Thanks for sharing these licks. Great explanation and easy to follow the tabs in the video. Nice Job.

John (@guest_320)
7 years ago

very nice licks and amazing website! Thanks for the nice resources

7 years ago

If you could add more videos similar to this that would be awesome. I’ve been playing for about 6 years and I’m trying to learn fill riffs just like these and I’m wanting to learn more licks farther up the neck also. I’m really enjoying all your lessons and your easy teaching style. Thanks!

Alan Martinez
Alan Martinez(@alan)
7 years ago

I’m really enjoying these licks. They have that nice bluegrass and country acoustic sound I’m trying to figure out. Thanks for your lessons!!

7 years ago

Wow, now this BG stuff is starting seem doable! Or the tool to sound Grassy,Thanks D-man

Greg (@guest_404)
7 years ago

This is one of the most helpful lessons I’ve found online for learning bluegrass licks. Thanks a lot for the great work. Joined Gold Pick!

7 years ago

I use a metronome to help me get started. What is a good setting to use for intermediate timing? Thank you! Great licks by the way!