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 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!

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'!
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