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3 Guitar Solos for "Will the Circle Be Unbroken!"

Guitar- Will the Circle Be Unbroken Build-a-Break
It's build-a-break time and we're about to have FUN. Start with a basic-ish melody then add harmonies and eighth notes. For the last solo, we go off the rails a bit...in a good way! There's something here for every guitar picker, that's for sure! You've j

Battle Hymn of the Republic for Banjo!

Banjo- Battle Hymn of the Republic
It's that time of year when we 'Mericans celebrate the anniversary of a little fling we had with our British brothers a few years back. "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" is one of the tunes played around that time, though it's good to pick any place aroun

Red Haired Boy on Mandolin!

Mandolin- Red Haired Boy
I've got a great new lesson this week! A couple quick announcements: 1) I've been neck deep building the new site and it's coming along. Thanks for your patience, and the wait will be worth it! 2) Get to working on this song, because I'm announcing a cont

Katy Lou's Swing Banjo Lick! Free Lesson!

Banjo- Swing banjo lick
Earlier this week I shared a video of my sisters playing some bluegrass swing that has since gone viral. So, this week I'm offering a free swing banjo lick played by Katy and the theory behind it!

Hop, Skip, & Jump– Banjo Pull-Off Exercise!

Banjo- Hop, Skip, & Jump Pull-Off Exercise
I want to make learning fun. Learning should be fun. Fun learning means you want to keep learning. That's what this lesson will do. Let's work on our pull-offs with this original tune/exercise called "Hop, Skip, & Jump!" It's part of my brand new banjo cu

3 HOT Guitar Solos for John Henry!

Guitar- John Henry
Be sure to follow the link below to see a big announcement! And, this week's lesson is huge. I'll teach you 3 HOT solos for "John Henry" in the key of G. We'll start down low and progress up the neck. You can do it!

Multiple Keys, No Capo! Red River Valley on Banjo!

Banjo- Red River Valley
This week we'll learn 3 banjo solos for Red River Vally in 3 different keys. But here's the kicker–no capo or retuning! Let's start in the key of C, then modulate to D and G. There's different strategy involved for each key, which is what we'll focus on t

SOLD! Carson Herringbone 28-Style Guitar!

Carson Guitar for sale
SOLD! I've got a great deal for someone looking for a unique and SOLID dread guitar! My friend Russ Carson (banjo picker for Ricky Skaggs) built this one in '07. He's finally ready to turn loose of it, and it can be yours!

Mandolin Build-a-Break– Red River Valley!

Mandolin- Red River Valley Build-a-Break
We'll start with the basic melody in C, a great key to sing it in! From there we'll add some strumming accompaniment, then crosspicking, and finally turn loose a bit up top!

Boogie Woogie Banjo Backup– 2nd Edition!

Banjo- Boogie Woogie Backup- 2nd Edition
I'll be honest and state this is some of my most extensive and applicable teaching regarding banjo backup–a HOT topic amongst players. We're gonna learn four different closed boogie woogie licks that build upon each other. I'll show you how to use, modify

B Major Scale Study for Mandolin!

Mandolin- B Major Scale Study
I get TONS of questions about playing in B on the mandolin. I can teach you some licks (and I will...you know me), but I also want you to understand what you're doing. We'll start with 3 different positions you HAVE to know, then give you a killer finger-

Life's Railway for Banjo– Hot Solo AND Backup!

Banjo- Life's Railway to Heaven Solo and Backup
This is the last week in our "Life's Railway" series, and I leave you banjo pickers with a bang. Let's learn a challenging solo AND some rolling backup! I've got tabs for both, as well as five jamtrack mp3's, and I'll explain how I arrived at both.

Hot Mandolin Friday– Life's Railway to Heaven!

Mandolin- Life's Railway to Heaven
Gold Pick member Jason Caines requested I make this one a "10" to let it hang out, so I did while still trying to remain tasty and communicate the melodious beauty of this ol' gospel tune. Enjoy!
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