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Sunday, 23 June 2013

Learning to flatpick - I'll Start with Salt Creek

Having been a 'strummer' for more than too long, I've decided that its time to really start learning how to flatpick.

Instead of going through the process of learning hundreds of licks and combining them all together, I decided a good way to be able to monitor my progress would be to learn some bluegrass tunes.

I've been listening to a great little album called 'Edgar's Blues' by Andy Ratliff and Eric Lewis and the first song happens to be Salt Creek.

It sounded like a fairly simple melody so I decided to start with this tune on my long journey to becoming an awesome flatpicker.

I found the sheet music and an audio file here which was really useful - http://flatpick.com/lessons/may2010.html

Wish me luck!

Friday, 19 October 2012

A 'Must Learn' Bluegrass Guitar Riff

I got a new camera so thought it was time to do another bluegrass guitar lesson for Youtube.

In this lesson I show you how to play a 'must learn' riff that as soon as you hear you'll want to be able to play!

Happy Pickin'


Saturday, 28 January 2012

The Rusty Cadillacs - Miner's Refrain

Thought I'd share another video that my band recently recorded. I say recently...thinking about it this was a good few months a go now!

We originally found a version of this song by the 'Dry Branch Fire Squad' but after a few months of playing it in a waltz style we figured it needed a fresh feel to it.

Hope you enjoy what we have done with it, feel free to leave any comments or constructive criticism.



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Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Big Time in the Jungle Guitar Chord Lesson

Finally I've got around to recording a new video lesson. This will take you through playing Old Crow's Big Time in the Jungle, which is from their album titled OCMS.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to leave a comment below.

Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Rusty Cadillacs - Boll Weevil

Here's the first post of many showing you my band. We've been totally inspired by the sound of Old Crow Medicine Show and have covered many of their songs in the past. Boll Weevil is a nice catchy up-beat song that always goes down well. This is 2/3rds of the band performing it.

Monday, 9 August 2010

Wagon Wheel Guitar Chord Lesson

Wagon Wheel is one of the most well known Old Crow Medicine Show songs. It was started by Bob Dylan under the name of "Rock me Momma," but he never finished writing it. Old Crow found it and decided to add verses turning it into "Wagon Wheel."

Great ballad style song that's a must learn.

Poor Man Guitar Chord Lesson

Poor man is a well balanced soulful Old Crow Medicine Show song. I've always loved the lyrics and the key of the singing, although as you can probably tell I have a little difficulty pulling it off myself.

There is a great sliding sound that I use in this song, I show you how to do it. I've also some advanced tips for making it sound a little more country and bluegrass.