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Flatpicking in the Style of Molly Tuttle

Lesson ID: A0187

In this guitar lesson, we’ll work on some flatpicking in the style of Molly Tuttle using a common “I-IV-V” chord progression that we’ll borrow from the song “White Freightliner Blues” by Townes Van Zandt. Molly Tuttle adds her own twist to this song and we’ll take a look at how she uses chord embellishments, crosspicking, and fill riffs to spice up her bluegrass rhythm guitar playing.

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Bonus Guitar Solo

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jerseychicadee
jerseychicadee(@jerseychicadee)
2 years ago

Wow! Dude! This is nice! You made that seem easy! I watched Molly Tuttle play this and didn’t think I could do that. I like your arrangement (maybe because it’s so good!) I like this tempo better too.

Eric Reinhardt
Eric Reinhardt(@rinny51)
2 years ago

Probably one of my favorite lessons so far. Good one Devin!

Alice
Alice(@alicelarhotmail-com)
2 years ago

This is wonderful, Devin! I love your arrangement, and how you’ve made it so accessible to us! Thanks!
Alice

jerseychicadee
jerseychicadee(@jerseychicadee)
2 years ago

I can actually play through measure 8 at this point!! I’m gonna enjoy this. Such a dainty sound!

rickmcdaniel
rickmcdaniel(@rickmcdanielme-com)
2 years ago

Thank you for all the work you put into these lessons, it really shows! Also, love the looper gizmo!

Last edited 2 years ago by rickmcdaniel
Jocelyn
Jocelyn(@jocelyn)
2 years ago

It is such a good flatpicking lesson! Thanks a lot Devin and have a nice weekend!

Jocelyn
Jocelyn(@jocelyn)
2 years ago

The tablature has been changed a little bit, first measure when you do the hammer on you let your finger on the third string.I saw it on the playthrough video. It’s sound just great. Thanks Devin!

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

Yes I really like this one thanks again!

dom
dom(@dom)
2 years ago

My first thought while listening was, this sounds like Pretty Boy Floyd, then as it got going i thought, no it sounds like Townes Van Zandt. Which of course it is. Good choice. Thanks Devin!

jerseychicadee
jerseychicadee(@jerseychicadee)
2 years ago
Reply to  dom

I’ve been trying to learn the picking style patterns of Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark with minimal progress. I love their sounds and don’t like to just strum strum strum. Love the sound of fingerpicking melodies. I’m going very very slow. I watch their fingers all day long.

Last edited 2 years ago by jerseychicadee
hscollins05
hscollins05(@hscollins05yahoo-com)
2 years ago

Sounds so good. Thanks for the intermediate version and not the advanced.

Gerry O'Brien
Gerry O'Brien(@jerry-the-juice)
2 years ago

I am having the best time.
So glad I found your site.
My journey with bluegrass music started with Billy Strings.
Thank you Billy.
Top man.
Thank you Devin. Great lessons.

Kate
Kate(@kate)
2 years ago

Devin, I’m loving the bonus tabs you’re adding to your lessons right now. Gives us time to get the first bit down (well, usually 90% in my case) and then build on it.
The new solo is awesome. I’m coming up for 18 months’ of membership, but this and Tennessee Waltz is really some of the best stuff you’ve done.
Thanks so much

Last edited 2 years ago by Kate
Jocelyn
Jocelyn(@jocelyn)
2 years ago

Amazing!

Gareth Ayres
Gareth Ayres(@chilli-strings)
2 years ago

Really enjoying this one Devin. Really having trouble breaking my fingerpicking hardwiring. Great lessons.

zornjohn
zornjohn(@zornjohn)
2 years ago

Great lesson. I understand it’s ideal to get the pick direction down as marked, but I often go astray especially with the double upstrokes. My question is if I can get through the main and solo slowly, mostly clean, but missing some of the pick directions, do you recommend to really taking time to try and nail them as posted, or should I not get too hung up about it?

Thanks
ZJ

zornjohn
zornjohn(@zornjohn)
2 years ago
Reply to  Devin

Ok, having seen your skill and precision on some of those faster barn burner demos, I’ll definitely follow that advice. As I’m sure others do, I’ll just have to fight the urge to speed up if it means sacrificing optimal technique. Thanks for getting back

jrick92
jrick92(@jrick92)
2 years ago
Reply to  zornjohn

Thanks for asking that..I usually don’t think about it until I have already developed a different pattern. I will try it Devin’s way next time.

jrick92
jrick92(@jrick92)
2 years ago

I like this one, Thanks

fransverboom
fransverboom(@fransverboomgmail-com)
2 years ago

Great lesson Devin !

Owen Whitton
Owen Whitton(@owenwhitton)
1 year ago

Loved this lesson. Do you think you could do more lessons with this kind of playing style? I love the cross picking merged with the bluegrass strumming

Dennis Fried
Dennis Fried(@denny)
1 year ago

Hi Devin, in this bonus solo I’m wondering why you don’t keep the up/down picking consistent in measure #2 .

James DiLorenzo
James DiLorenzo(@seaside-jimmy)
1 year ago

I can get the player to play every clip except “main progression 29 through 32”. Just keeps spinning. Is this a known issue?…I’ll try again tomorrow perhaps but it seems weird that everything else (every other section) plays just fine for me.
Love this breakdown lesson by the way. I really am so happy with it.

Last edited 1 year ago by James DiLorenzo
James DiLorenzo
James DiLorenzo(@seaside-jimmy)
1 year ago
Reply to  Devin

Yes thank you! It was some kind of weird temporary glitch. Not sure why it was happening but all is well now and still enjoying the lesson. Cleaning up my picking on measures 21-24 and Reviewing the “Practice Along With Me” for a while then moving onto the solo…then progressive metronome practice. Do metronomes go as fast as Molly? Prestissimo Molly.
Ciao!
Seaside Jimmy

Last edited 1 year ago by James DiLorenzo
Bill Cirino
Bill Cirino(@newbflat)
11 months ago

Just great!, the has helped me Immensely. It would be great if at some point you could do the rest of the solos, or at least one more. Also the way she ends the song would be nice. Great job!

Last edited 11 months ago by Bill Cirino
Jean Galou
Jean Galou(@galou)
5 months ago

Love this one!