Guthrie Trapp Artist Series

Artist Series Guitar Course from Guthrie Trapp

Learn roots music and techniques from Nashville session player Guthrie Trapp.

23 Lessons

Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.


Course filmed with 6 cameras for the perfect angles.

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Nashville session player Guthrie Trapp provides lessons on country guitar, roots music and session playing.


Series Overview and Biography

JamPlay introduces Nashville session player Guthrie Trapp! In this first segment, Guthrie talks a little about his influences, style, and how his upbringing influenced his playing. He also provides an overview of what he'll be teaching in his series.

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Basic Rhythm Types

To get his lesson series off the ground, Guthrie provides a lesson on the basic rhythm types and picking techniques he utilizes. He'll build on these topics and techniques as his series progresses.

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Country Style Rhythms

Now that Guthrie has discussed foundational rhythm playing, he hops on over to the country side of things. In this lesson, Guthrie discusses how he uses Jimi Hendrix as an influence to create swinging country rhythms that include chicken pickin'.

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Blues and Swing Rhythms

Continuing with his rhythm style studies, Guthrie Trapp provides a lesson on some of the swing and blues styles that he uses in his session playing. He discusses chord voicings and easy ways to get around the neck.

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Funk Ideas

In the fifth lesson of his artist series, Guthrie Trapp detours a little and talks about fundamental funk ideas. Specifically, he talks about rhythmic features of the genre and how he attacks them.

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Introduction to Hybrid Technique and Chicken Pickin'

In lesson six of his artist series, Guthrie begins an in depth discussion of the hybrid picking style. This technique forms the foundation for many of the rhythm and lead parts associated with the Nashville sound. Guthrie provides an exercise meant to increase your accuracy and speed. He also takes a brief look at the chicken pickin' style that he'll be covering in more detail later.

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Double Stop Ideas

Guthrie is back with another Nashville style lesson in his artist series. In this lesson, he takes a lick-based approach to double stop ideas and a few country kick-offs.

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Open String Ideas

One of the staples of the Nashville sound is the use of open ringing strings in licks. In lesson eight, Guthrie discusses open string ideas and demonstrates several licks to get you started.

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Memphis Style Licks

The Memphis style borrows heavily from the soul and R&B genres. In this lesson, Guthrie covers some typical licks you'll find in this style and discusses how to translate these licks across the fingerboard.

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Playing Up the Neck

It's fairly easy to get lost on the fretboard when trying to play low or high. Using familiar chord shapes, Guthrie discusses how you can orient yourself on the fretboard and keep from getting lost. This opens up additional rhythmic and solo opportunities for you.

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Steel Bend Basics

In lesson 11 of his artist series, Guthrie Trapp explains how to play steel type bends on the guitar. He discusses the techniques and provides some exercises that will help you bend in tune.

14:34 Runtime

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Advanced Country Bending

Now that Guthrie has provided information on basic country bending and lap steel style bends, he takes that knowledge to the next step. In this lesson, Guthrie covers more flair and technique that you can add to your country bending. He also discusses bending behind the nut in more detail.

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Country Kick-offs

Nashville session player Guthrie Trapp is back with a look at several country kick-offs that you can use in your playing. These phrases happen shortly after the beginning of traditional country tunes and help "kick off" the song.

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Improvising and Soloing

Guthrie Trapp returns to his artist series with a look at how he tackles improvisation and solos on the guitar.

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Introduction to Solo Ideas

Guthrie Trapp is back with a first look at how he approaches soloing. He calls this a "hillbilly jazz" approach that tends to outline chord tones without the need for much theoretical knowledge.

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Nashville Session Playing

In this artist lecture, Guthrie Trapp talks about the Nashville session scene and what it takes to cut it as a session musician. He discusses how gigs are pulled together and some of the knowledge you'll need as a musician in order to be successful.

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Guthrie's Rig

Guthrie Trapp is back with a short lecture on how he has his rig setup, what gear he uses and what's necessary to be a successful Nashville session player.

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Practical Application to Soloing

Now that you've learned some of the tricks Guthrie uses in his solos, it's time to apply what you've learned. In this lesson, Guthrie provides a solo over a rhythm track and discusses how he created the solo.

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Country / Funk Soloing

Guthrie Trapp is back with another practical solo application. This time he's playing over a country groove with a bit of funk in there as well.

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Funk Soloing

Guthrie Trapp touched on some funk soloing in his previous lesson. For this one, he's taking a look at the funk genre specifically. He also discusses how to build a solo and some things to think about to keep it memorable.

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Soulful Soloing

Guthrie is back with another take on soloing over a comping pattern. In this lesson, he takes a look at more soulful playing and the use of minor tonalities.

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Speed Soloing

For Guthrie Trapp's next demonstration on solo technique, he discusses how he gets around the neck when the underlying track requires a fast paced solo.

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Soloing in a Minor Key

To wrap up his solo technique lessons and the series, Guthrie takes a look at his approach to soloing in minor keys.

8:49 Runtime

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Guthrie Trapp

  • Pensacola, Florida
  • Playing since 1989
  • 24 lessons at JamPlay
Guthrie Trapp is one of Nashville’s busiest and most versatile performing, session musicians & solo artist.

Guthrie Trapp is one of Nashville’s busiest and most versatile performing, session musicians & solo artist. He has worked with artists such as Garth Brooks, Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Dolly Parton, Lyle Lovett, Randy Travis, Vince Gill, John Oates, Trisha Yearwood, Tom Paxton, Vassar Clements, Sam Bush, Delbert McClinton, Taylor Hicks, Shawn Camp, Carl Jackson, George Porter Jr, Tim O’Brien, Travis Tritt, Patty Loveless, George Jones (the list goes on) as well his own band “18 South”, the Guthrie Trapp Trio & TAR (Trapp, Abbott & Rhodes).
Reviews & Feedback 92/100 with 367 ratings

"Down to earth"


These are some very valuable lessons for me. I only wish more instructors were this clear and non-repetitive.


A master in action. Wow!


Amazing guitarist-straight and genuine shooter Saw his videos on youtube and then realized he was available as I am a member at Jam play for some time.I am 70 and wanted more on Caged system Arpeggio pentatonics harmony and liked his minimalist




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dave scott

excellent lesson. thanks


Fantastic lesson




Good energy


Good stuff.


Good teacher. Easy to understand.


great approach to rhythm playing


Great teacher. I've learned more from him in one lesson than many other full series! Not to mention the fact that Guthrie is a monster player. Very soulful too!


Great unassuming teacher


Guthrie is a great guitarist and a good teacher. A lot of these are advanced lessons in the country lead guitar style so you must have some theory background to grasp some concepts. I loved the western swing demonstrations. Thanks!


Guthrie is it for me. I think I'll be with Guthrie all the way to the end. Then I'll pick up some other styles. But he is one of my all time idols. It's great to see what he does up close


Guthrie Trapp is amazing, humble, and generous with the knowledge!


Guthrie Trapp is such a pro, and one that's not afraid to share his amazing skill and knowledge.


He's brilliant.


I have heard of this alien!!!!! He's good


I like the teacher and all of the content! great work!


i like when the tabs are embedded/interact with the videos,, i suppose some instructors use such software at jam play.. but yes,, i did find the tab,, still learning my way around this site. ty for sharing too! I am looking forward to learning


I love Guthrie and I love this lesson!


I wish there was the option of buying a single lesson like this for a buck or two like on GuitarInstructor but with a downloadable tab like on TrueFire.


This guy’s a bad bad man


lots of improv ideas!


Love the double stop licks, it gave me some insight on how to achieve these type of licks with basic triad forms and pentatonic scales.


Love the way he teaches. He shows me how to play not what to play. thanks guthrie


Nice blues licks, good lesson. Great standard at jam play. Lots of talent here. Thanks for caring about quality at jam play.


Please more funk


Thanks a lot;-)!!!


Thanks for the keith mini harmonic trick, was cool.


Thanks. Acoustic player looking to start with a Tele and this helped a lot. Much appreciated.


This content is fantastic. Would love to see even more from Guthrie. Going more into his style, coutry guitar, or rhythym playing in general.


Totally outside my "comfort" area and it was great!

Jet City

Trapp is a master!


Very cool- my very first lesson to watch here. I think, i will be seeing more of that stuff. Thanks, have a good day best regards, Matthias

gabriel clement

very good


Well presented, easy to understand instruction. Awesome, talented teacher.


What a great player and cool lessons