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Bluegrass Guitar Solo over Song by The Grascals

Lesson 4 – Bluegrass Guitar Solo Improvising Course
Lesson ID: A0124

In this guitar lesson, you’ll learn two full-length guitar solos over a common bluegrass chord progression. The first guitar solo is a basic solo with a nice melody that will push your pick control to the next level. The second guitar solo is slightly more advanced and loaded with some awesome bluegrass licks. Throughout the lesson, we’ll also talk about how guitar scales are used to create each of these solos. After you master the solos, practice them over the instrumental break in the song “Where I Come From” by the Grascals.

Lesson Overview

Bluegrass Scales

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Basic Guitar Solo

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Advanced Guitar Solo

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Practice

Practice with The Grascals

Try to play these two bluegrass solos over the song “Where I Come From” by The Grascals using the embedded player from Spotify. A nice instrumental break starts around 1:17 in this song. We’d highly recommend using Spotify for online radio. If you don’t have a Spotify account, click here to sign up free with your Facebook account or with an e-mail address. Also, check out The Grascals on iTunes. They’ve got a ton of other great songs to choose from.

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soul.adventurer
soul.adventurer(@soul-adventurerhotmail-de)
5 years ago
Reply to  Devin

Hey Devin this is my first comment here so first of all thanks for this course and you’re doing a great job as a teacher ! I really hope the improvising course goes on because my personal goal (and i guess for a lot of other people) is to learn to play (own) solos and be able to play on bluegrass jams. some of the improvising is also covered in the rhythm fill course. i think a really good lesson is the “cripple creek” and also other song lessons, where you give a bunch of licks that we can use… Read more »

Nancy
Nancy(@njhicks66yahoo-com)
3 years ago
Reply to  Devin

I’m new to bluegrass and am part of a senior slo bluegrass jam group. I don’t know how to improvise so I can take a break. I rely on what I learn here. Can you talk about that? I ask those that are experienced and the answer is ” you just figure out how to pick out the melody”. Can you give me more specifics? I play my first break at a performance of I’ll Fly Away, based on what I learned from you!

Curtis
Curtis(@curtis)
5 years ago

This is great Devin, I’d love to see more lessons like this. Looking forward to more in this course.

jerico
jerico(@jericotwrwifi-com)
5 years ago
Reply to  Curtis

Hi Devin, This is just what I was looking for in trying to improvise over bluegrass solo breaks. Thanks and keep this type of lesson coming. Its good to have a teacher that helps with this type of lesson Thanks Ron

jerico
jerico(@jericotwrwifi-com)
5 years ago
Reply to  Devin

Hi Devin, Any of the traditional bluegrass songs would do. I know there are other guitar players that have the same problem of soloing over the melody of a song when it comes your turn in a bluegrass jam. Keep up the lessons they are wonderful. Ron

limjiahao1999
limjiahao1999(@limjiahao1999gmail-com)
3 years ago

This is a really awesome series! Do more please!!

cwsehn
cwsehn(@cwsehngmail-com)
2 years ago

Hey Devin…I wanted to let you know how much I am enjoying being a member of Country Guitar Online….These lessons are so much fun to work through and the improvement in my playing has been tremendous….I’ve been folk picking and strumming, and even playing some classical styles and rock riffs for some 30+ years….and your lessons have opened up a whole new world of possibilities for me….I would love to hear about who taught you all of these things….again thanks a million….i am loving this stuff!

Helmut
Helmut(@helmut)
11 months ago

Super super super!!!

Helmut
Helmut(@helmut)
11 months ago

Hello devin,
I would very much like to combine the accompaniment and the solos as one piece and then be able to perform them.