Lesson ID: A0110

In this guitar lesson, I’ll teach you how to play the traditional Appalachian folk song “Shady Grove” in the style of Doc Watson. First we’ll go over the chord progression and a strumming pattern that you can play behind your vocals. Then I’ll teach you two variations of the instrumental break — the first instrumental break will mix a nice melody line with strumming and the second instrumental break will sound more like a bluegrass flatpicking guitar solo.

Lesson Overview

Basic Rhythm

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Chord Progression
00:45 min Strumming Pattern
01:18 min Alternating Bass Notes
03:42 min Progression with Vocals
05:18 min Song Structure

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Melodic Rhythm

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Melodic Rhythm Example
00:47 min Measures 1 through 4 – Breakdown
03:49 min Measures 5 through 8 – Breakdown
08:00 min Practice Along with Me
08:39 min Instrumental Breaks and Song Structure

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Flatpicking Solo

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Flatpicking Solo Example
00:52 min Measures 1 through 4 – Breakdown
03:24 min Measures 5 through 8 – Breakdown
04:52 min Practice the First Half
05:54 min Measures 9 through 12 – Breakdown
07:10 min Measures 13 through 16 – Breakdown
08:53 min Practice the Second Half
09:41 min Practice the Full Flatpicking Solo

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Jam Track

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