Improvising with Flatpicking Licks

flatpicking guitar lessonsImprovising with Flatpicking Licks by Curtis Jones is a free video lesson for bluegrass guitar. We will learn three flatpicking guitar licks in three different keys. We will then play the licks over jam tracks of the bluegrass classics Way Downtown and 9 Pound Hammer. You can use these licks in other bluegrass songs as long as you're in the right key.


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Here is the tab for our first lick which is in the key of G

g lick tab

Our second lick is in the key of C

c lick tab

Here is the tablature for our third lick which is in the key of D

lick 3 tab

We will now play these licks along with Way Downtown. The song starts with two measures of C, then two measures of G, two measures of D and then repeats. We will use the following form:

Measures 1-2 (C): play lick 2
Measures 3-4 (G): play lick 1
Measures 5-6 (D): play lick 3

Now we'll mix things up and play these licks over Nine Pound Hammer. Here is the pattern:

Measures 1-2 (G): play lick 1
Measures 3-4 (C): play lick 2
Measure 5 (G): strum G chord
Measure 6 (D) and 7 (G): play lick 3
Measure 8 (G): strum G chord

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bluegrass guitar lessonImprovising with G Licks by Curtis Jones is a downloadable Quicktime video guitar lesson covering some bluegrass guitar concepts. In this video we will learn a series of flatpicking guitar licks in the key of G. We will then learn how we can insert these licks over a jam track of Rolling in My Sweet Baby's Arms. Each lick will be played at two different speeds and then shown in the context of the jam track. Included in the download is a .pdf of the tablature and two .mp3 jam tracks. $4.99

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