Lesson ID: A0110

In this guitar lesson, I’ll teach you how to play the traditional bluegrass song “Nine Pound Hammer” with some instrumental solo breaks in the style of Tony Rice. First we’ll go over the chord progression and a strumming pattern that you can play behind your vocals. Then I’ll teach you four different instrumental breaks — the first break will be nice and easy for the beginner pickers, the second break will mix the melody line with strumming, and the last two advanced instrumental breaks will be in the style of Tony Rice.

Capo 2nd Fret – Key of A

Rhythm

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Chord Progression
02:18 min Chord Progression with Lyrics
03:53 min Song Structure
04:42 min Strumming Pattern Options

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Basic Break

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Bass Line Walk-ups Overview
01:25 min Instrumental Break Chord Progression
02:33 min Playthrough with Tablature
03:47 min Extra Detail and Tips

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Melodic Break

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Listen to the Melodic Break
01:21 min Measures 1 to 5 – Breakdown
04:58 min Measures 6 to 8 – Breakdown
06:06 min Practice the First Half
06:35 min Measures 9 to 13 – Breakdown
09:56 min Measures 14 to 19 – Breakdown
11:43 min Practice the Entire Instrumental Break

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Tony Rice Break #1

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Listen to Tony Rice Break #1
00:58 min Measures 1 to 5 – Breakdown
03:54 min Measures 6 to 8 – Breakdown
06:01 min Practice the First Half
06:39 min Measures 9 to 13 – Breakdown
09:23 min Measures 14 to 19 – Breakdown
11:40 min Practice the Entire Instrumental Break

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Tony Rice Break #2

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Listen to Tony Rice Break #2
01:02 min Measures 1 to 5 – Breakdown
02:29 min Measures 6 to 9 – Breakdown
04:22 min Practice the First Half
05:01 min Measures 10 to 12 – Breakdown
06:46 min Measures 13 to 15 – Breakdown
08:49 min Measures 16 to 19 – Breakdown
09:09 min Practice the Entire Instrumental Break

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Practice

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