How to Use a Flatpick for Bluegrass by David Ellis is a free video lesson that will teach you all about playing with a guitar pick. David will provide an overview of the different shapes and sizes of picks available and techniques for holding the pick. You will then be able to see and hear the difference this can have on tone for bluegrass rhythm or lead playing. David will demonstrate teardrop shaped picks, picks with pointed tips, smaller Jazz style picks, and Dawg style thick picks. The difference in shape and size can create fat, mellow, bright, and a variety of other sound qualities. The video will also cover how to hold the pick while playing bluegrass. Speed and tone can be greatly affected by how the pick is held. David will show you how to angle the pick so that it glides over the strings better. To learn more about bluegrass guitar from David Ellis, check out his premium lesson on playing Black Mountain Rag.
Black Mountain Rag 1 by David Ellis is a downloadable video lesson that will teach you an intermediate level lead guitar part for this traditional bluegrass tune. In the lesson we'll cover several variations of playing the intro and also start working on the A Part of the song. The soloing in this lesson is based on Doc Watson's approach to playing fiddle tunes on an acoustic guitar. David will walk you through the solo in detail and then demonstrate it at three different speeds. The download includes a Quicktime video and a .pdf of the tabs. $5.99