Bluegrass Flatpicking

National Flatpicking Champion Tyler Grant teaches bluegrass mastery

Build your Bluegrass flatpicking with National Flatpicking Champion and prized educator, Mr. Tyler Grant. Tyler provides the framework for aspiring Bluegrass players of all skill levels, offering a concise, well-organized approach for this energetic, ear catching style. We will cover technique, melody, groove and essential songs, providing the ubiquitous techniques for all bluegrass songs, styles, solos and more.

Suited for guitarists of all skill levels, this is an all-encompassing, 18 hour course featuring 30 exclusive lessons. A must have course for all Bluegrass players! Learn more or start the course with membership

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30 Lessons
18 Hour+ Runtime
Tabs (gpx, pdf)
Playalong Tracks
HD+ Video
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Meet Tyler Grant

Meet Tyler Grant

Tyler Grant is a National Flatpicking Champion and internationally recognized guitar virtuoso, songwriter, vocalist, producer, and leader of the band Grant Farm'. Tyler has appeared at most major US festivals and performed thousands of concerts and guitar workshops worldwide. He has produced four solo albums and four releases by Grant Farm for his own Grant Central Records.

Tyler graduated from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 2000 with a Bachelor's degree in Guitar Performance. From 2005 through 2010 Tyler made hundreds of appearances across the country as a member of the Drew Emmitt Band and the Emmitt-Nershi Band, featuring the frontmen from two of the world's most popular Jam Bands: Leftover Salmon and the String Cheese Incident.

He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he writes music, enjoys the outdoors, teaches, records for Grant Central Records, and maintains family life amidst his busy touring and performing schedule.

Bluegrass Champion and Prized Educator

Cross picking, melody strums, playing songs or getting comfortable with playing with others... Tyler leaves no stone unturned in this massive course offering. Build the foundation with essential bluegrass techniques, lock in your style with accurate tempo, and learn famed song examples to unlock the full style.

This course offers 30 lessons covering 18+ hours of material in step-by-step, digestible presentation.

Full Course Listing

This course offers 30 lessons covering 18+ hours of material in step-by-step, digestible presentation. View the full course outline below.


Series Introduction

Tyler gives you a rundown of what you can expect in this advanced bluegrass course.

4:02 Runtime

0.0 Difficulty


C Major Scale Workout & Tricks

The C major scale is a staple of Bluegrass music. Lean the scale in and out with the exercizes and tricks that Tyler teaches you in this course.

45:23 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


C Major Songs And Tunes by Ear

Bluegrass is a folk tradition, meaning songs usually get passed on by ear. In this lesson, Tyler teaches you methods to learn songs and recognize chords by ear.

29:03 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


“Unclouded Day” in the Melody/Strum Style of Maybelle Carter

Further your bluegrass vocabulary by learning this classic C Major song in the style of Maybelle Carter.

31:17 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Intro to Crosspicking

Crosspicking is an advanced, harp like style of playing that is key to developing a well-rounded bluegrass style. Tyler takes you deep in to crosspicking with several exercises aimed at building your chops.

44:49 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Crosspicking “Unclouded Day”

Climb higher in your crosspicking journey with this song in the style of George Shuffler of the Stanley Brothers. Tyler will show you multiple examples with lots of cross picking challenges take you further.

33:48 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


“John Henry” in the Flatpicking Style of Don Reno

As our last C major lesson we have a classic song that you might recognize, with a nod to the great Don Reno.

29:47 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

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G Major Scale Workout & Tricks

Now we're going to move on to G major scales and exercises. Tyler has a bunch of great G major workouts for you to tackle next in your bluegrass journey.

50:28 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Wreck Of The Old 97 - Melody/Strum & Crosspicking

Let's take apart this classic G major song and study it's melody, then try it in the crosspicking style we learned earlier.

50:35 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Guitar Break - Wreck Of the Old 97 - Style of Doc Watson

Now that we have this one under our fingers, let's modify it to play in the style of the great Doc Watson.

25:00 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Paddy On The Turnpike - style of Clarence White

Here is another jaunty tune to round out our focus on the key of G. Don't forget the tag at the end!

58:23 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


D Major Scale Workout & Tricks

Let's start working on the key of D, with another bunch of exercises to practice scales and tricks.

42:24 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Old Folks At Home - Melody/Strum & Crosspicking

Sometimes called "Swanee River," this song is a great way to work on our D major chops. Let's start by learning the melody strum and crosspicking arrangements.

59:05 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Guitar Break - Old Folks At Home - Style of Tony Rice

Now let's take this song further by trying a D Major guitar break in the style of the master guitar picker Tony Rice.

22:03 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Chinquapin Hunting - style of Dan Crary

Tyler gives you one last D major song to work out in this lesson. Take it for a ride in the lead sheet then try it out in the style of Dan Crary.

53:02 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


A Major Scale Workout & Tricks

Look out! Here comes A major to challenge your fingers. Tyler takes you through a challenging series of exercises in this key to get you going.

42:48 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Don’t Let The Deal Go Down

Here is another classic bluegrass tune to test your skills, this time the deal is going down in A. Let's get to it.

29:54 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Guitar Break - Don’t Let The Deal Go Down - Style of Tyler Grant

Digging deeper in to the deal! Here Tyler is going to show you a guitar break that will push your further in your A key journey.

19:52 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Fire On The Mountain - Style of Norman Blake

For our last A major tune, we're going to light a fire! Try this one out in the styl of the great Norman Blake.

45:08 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Good Morning Mister Railroad Man

Often bluegrassers will capo their guitar up to fret 4 and play in the key of E as if it were C. Let's work on that now with another classic song.

50:57 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Guitar Break - Good Morning Mister Railroad Man - Style of Tyler Grant

As with prevous tunes, we are now going to take "Railroad Man" and work it up in to a guitar break. This time Tyler is going to show you how he would do it. Again, this is playing C at capo position 4.

35:56 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Fisher’s Hornpipe

Here is another tune capo'd up to E, the jaunty Fisher's hornpipe!

32:40 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Cross-String Exercises (Floaties)

Let's work some more on your cross string chops! Go ahead and give these floaties a try!

29:29 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


St. Anne’s Reel - Cross-String Arrangement

Now we're going to really put those harp-like floaties to use in the cross-string arrangement of "St. Anne's Reel."

71:02 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Licks & Useful Vocabulary - Key of C

C is a very common bluegrass key and shape, so we will spend some additional time becoming familiar with some of the tricks and relationships inherent in this scale.

16:01 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Blues in C - Guitar Solo

Blues is also an important part of guitar vocabulary. For this lesson we will focus on Blues stylings in the context of Bluegrass, using a guitar solo in C as our template.

31:45 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Take This Hammer (G position, capo 4)

Now we're going to try capoing up to position 4 to play in the key of B as if it were the key of G. We will use the classic song "Take This Hammer" to work this up.

24:51 Runtime

0.0 Difficulty


Guitar Break - Take This Hammer - style of Dan Tyminski

Now Tyler is going to channel Dan Tyminski in exploring "Take This Hammer" even further. This time with a flashy guitar break.

22:10 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Speed Training - Old Joe Clark

Speed is key in the style of bluegrass. Tyler is going to use this classic song to teach you about ramping up your speed chops, and he will introduce you to his personal speed-building technique, velocitation.

34:46 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Pick It - Style of Tyler Grant

For our last lesson, Tyler is going to show you one of his tunes. Can you play it as fast as Tyler?

15:18 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty