Lesson ID: A0170

The classic “G run” is the most important part of bluegrass guitar. Learning different variations of the G run will improve your soloing and backup rhythm guitar. In this guitar lesson, we’ll work through ten different examples of how to play the standard bluegrass G run on guitar. All of the bluegrass G run examples in this lesson come with tablature. The first G run we’ll cover is the most common G run that guitar players use at bluegrass jams. We’ll also look at different signature G runs used by the great bluegrass pickers over the years — Del McCoury, Tony Rice, Norman Blake, and Doc Watson. Later in this bluegrass guitar lesson, we’ll get some practice using G runs with the chord progression to “Will the Circle be Unbroken” .

Lesson Overview

G Run Examples

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min The Most Common Bluegrass “G Run”
03:49 min Using the G Run in Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar
07:56 min A Shorter Variation of the G Run
10:08 min One More Example of the Shorter G Run
11:31 min Combining the Standard and the Shorter G Runs
12:58 min Del McCoury Style G Run #1
15:00 min Del McCoury Style G Run #2
16:09 min Tony Rice Style G Run
17:45 min Norman Blake Style G Run
18:35 min Doc Watson Style G Run #1
19:48 min Doc Watson Style G Run #2
20:15 min Doc Watson Style G Run #3
21:11 min Using G Runs with “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”