Essential tips for nailing that “high, lonesome” sound.

Beginner

Beginner

  • Explore the fundamental techniques of bluegrass guitar.
  • Learn different ways to use a metronome.
  • Improve the efficiency of your practice time.

I didn’t grow up listening to or playing bluegrass music, although that’s what I do for a living today. I cut my teeth playing electric guitar in garage bands doing classic rock songs by bands like the Grateful Dead, Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Rolling Stones, and the Beatles. I got deep into blues and played on the New York circuit as primarily an electric guitarist. Eventually, my journey through American roots music led me to bluegrass and I got the bug. It was challenging to learn bluegrass guitar coming from electric guitar. There were different techniques to develop and it was significantly more physically taxing to me than playing the blues. So here are 10 tips I hope can help you if you are interested in grabbing that acoustic guitar and pickin’ some bluegrass music.

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