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Short Bluegrass Licks and Practice with Backing Track

Lesson ID: A0108

In this guitar lesson, I’ll teach you some short bluegrass licks that will get you started improvising your own bluegrass guitar solos. We’ll break down the licks with tablature and then I’ll show you how to use these licks to play a basic guitar solo over a common bluegrass chord progression. After you master the licks, practice the arranged solo and your improvising skills with the jam along video! If you like this lesson, check out our Bluegrass Lick Library.

Improvising in the Key of G

Learn the Licks

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Overview
01:56 min Lick 1 – Breakdown with Tablature
02:30 min Proper Left Hand Fingering
04:36 min Lick 2 – Breakdown with Tablature
05:19 min Lick 3 – Breakdown with Tablature
05:51 min Lick 4 – Breakdown with Tablature

Basic Guitar Solo

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Rhythm Progression
01:27 min Playing Bluegrass Licks over Rhythm
02:37 min Basic Bluegrass Solo – Measures 1 through 8
04:07 min Basic Bluegrass Solo – Measures 9 through 16
05:32 min Practice the Solo Arrangement with Me
06:19 min Wrap Up

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Jam Track

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Jam Track – Format
00:43 min Jam Track – Count In

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Scale Charts

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7 years ago

Thanks a lot Devin! This is exactly what I need to work on right now. Can’t wait to dig in!

7 years ago

Perfect speed for my playing. Great lesson!

John T
John T (@guest_561)
7 years ago

Wow, great website! I will be signing up after work today! Are you planning to add more lessons to this improvising bluegrass series soon?

7 years ago
Reply to  Devin

That’s great! An improvising course will help me a lot right now. I want to make my solos sound like they belong in a tune instead of playing the same ol’ scale notes down the line. Looking forward to the new videos. Keep up the good work. Everything is so professional and well-taught.

4 years ago

Devin i think my practice method isd actually slowing me down. Do u have a video on how to pratcice or maybe u could tell me if i am doing wrong…i learn the riffs then move on to the next lesson but go back and practice the riffs i have learned everyday till i get them down pretty good.some come easy others i am struggling with.also not practicing with a backing track or to someone else playing it seems to me i’m not getting the right phrasing . some of them doesnt sound like bluegrass . is that because i… Read more »

4 years ago

oops forgot my main question. i started on the riff lead course..but when i found the short licks section i’m thinking maybe i should have started here? can u give me advice on where a beginner should start? want to learn all i can and just thought maybe the courses were best starting point for me…HELPPPPPPPPPPPPPP!!!!! LOL THX dEVIN

4 years ago
Reply to  Devin

ok got all the scales down and go through them several time everyday. still kinda slow on them but it will come with practice i hope . i will spend most of my time on the short licks and a little time on the course for now thx so much appreciate the advice