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Banjo Build-a-Break for Amazing Grace!

Banjo- Amazing Grace Build-a-Break
One of the top questions I receive regarding banjo is how to know which roll to play and when to play it. We're gonna address that here as we learn 3 solos for "Amazing Grace" in G! And, for those of you wanting to learn banjo, this basic melody is a grea

Mandolin Build-a-Break for Amazing Grace!

Mandolin- Amazing Grace, Build-a-Break
We'll land on a super tasty 3rd solo for "Amazing Grace" in G, but I'll first show you the pieces of the puzzle to get there, beginning with the basic melody! This is a great key to sing it in, as well.

Amazing Grace Build-a-Break Guitar Lesson!

Guitar- Amazing Grace- Build-a-Break
By the grace of God, we start a new year! Now let's get to pickin'! We'll start with the basic melody of "Amazing Grace" that ANYONE can learn, then add strums and continue to beef it up. Also, this is a KILLER pick accuracy exercise, and we'll have fun d

Banjo Build-a-Break for "Good King Wenceslas!"

Banjo- Good King Wenceslas Build-a-Break
Let's get in the Christmas spirit and get better at banjo. Want to? Me too. We'll start with the basic melody, add rolls and fillers to thicken it up, and finally import licks to build a solo hotter than Granny's cocoa! Don't forget the 3 speeds of mp3 ja

Build-a-Break Mandolin Lesson for Good King Wenceslas!

Mandolin- Good King Wenceslas Build-a-Break
We have three solos to this classic Christmas tune in build-a-break fashion. This means we'll start with the basic melody, then add eighth notes and scale licks to beef it up, then a third solo full of licks and tricks that will make Granny giddy. Enjoy t

Good King Wenceslas Build-a-Break Guitar Lesson!

Guitar- Good King Wenceslas
It's my favorite time of the year, and I've coupled that with my favorite style of lesson: build-a-break! We'll first learn the basic melody to this Christmas favorite, then add eighth notes and scales, and finally fill it full of licks to top it off! Don

O Come, All Ye Faithful for Banjo!

Banjo- O Come, All Ye Faithful
Here's a challenging but FUN version of this classic Christmas melody, full of melodic tricks and DRIVE! We start it off with a jazzy feel intro, then let the hammer down full speed!

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel Mandolin Solo!

Mandolin- O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
This week is the mandolin lesson for this beautiful Christmastime melody! The solo is the simple melody with just enough flair, and we'll also learn the backup that matches the guitar solo to a "T."

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel Fingerstyle Guitar!

Guitar- O Come, O Come, Emmanuel- Fingerstyle
Folks, it's that time of year again, and we're gonna start it off right with a guitar/mando duet for this beautiful melody. However, the solo is built so that it will stand on its own if you don't have a mandolin picker under the tree this year. We'll als

Banjo Capo Strategy!

Banjo- Capo Strategy
Have you ever been to a jam and heard something like: "Let's play 'I'll Fly Away' in F." If your reply is "how in tarnation?" or "where's the nearest restroom?", this lesson is for you! A quick warning: this is not a fast crash course where I simply say "

Wabash Cannonball for Mandolin!

Mandolin- Wabash Cannonball
Let's do this one in G, learn a low and high solo, and let's use doublestops to beef it up! Last week I lost a great-uncle who influenced me a great deal musically. He was the first man I ever did see who played fiddle and mandolin. I was infatuated and w

Scruggs-Style Bill Cheatham for Banjo!

Banjo- Bill Cheatham- Scruggs Style
I taught an advanced Alan Munde melodic version years ago but have had many requests for a Scruggs-style approach. The trick is communicating the busy melody of Bill Cheatham using Scruggs-style licks, so we'll have to choose which melody notes are import

Bill Cheatham Guitar Lesson!

Guitar- Bill Cheatham Melody Solo Lesson
I taught a super-advanced tricky version years ago, but many have asked for a straight-ahead melody version...this one is fun! We're also gonna work on being strategic when shifting our fret-hand as well as bare bones alternate pickin'!

Melodic Improvisation on the Mandolin!

Mandolin- Melodic Improvisation- Wreck of Old 97
What if I told you I could teach you to improvise? That's a pretty tall order, I know, but I'm confident we can do it. What do I need from you? I need you to put in some effort following the system laid out in this groundbreaking lesson.

Boogie Woogie Banjo Backup!

Banjo- Boogie Woogie Backup
This is a big one, folks. I'll show you 5 different boogie-woogie backup licks and how to use them. But first, we're gonna lay a solid theory foundation so you actually know what you're doing!! From beginners to advanced, this one has much to offer.

Bag O' Licks in E for GUITAR!!!

Guitar- Bag O' Licks in E
It's here! Let's learn 6 licks in E, and 3 each in A and B (NO CAPO!) then apply them to a basic 12-bar blues progression! Also, many of these licks can easily be transposed to any key you'd like, and I'm gonna show you how.

Bag O' Licks in E for Mandolin!

Mandolin- Bag O' Licks in E
How are you in the key of E? I think I can make you better! We'll start by covering a few basic scales in E to learn where these licks derive from. Then, we'll learn 6 E licks and 2 licks each of A, B, and C#min! Even more, we'll learn how to use them and

Banjo Build-A-Break– Wreck of the Old 97

Banjo- Wreck of the Old 97- Build-a-Break
Let's learn how to build banjo breaks using this classic tune! We'll first get the bare melody down pat, then we'll add basic rolls. Finally, we'll beef it up with some licks and tricks. Most importantly, you'll learn how to do this with ANY song! Don't f
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