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. The latest 2016 release, Earth and Wood, a triumphant return to Bluegrass, is Tyler's first Acoustic alb... (more)
Tyler currently offers 322 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 61 beginner lessons, 238 intermediate lessons, 2 song lessons and 21 Lick & Riff Library entries.
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Are you ready to learn some serious country guitar? Let's join Tyler Grant as he systematically teaches us the fundamentals of beginner country guitar. If you're a beginning player and wanting to cut to the chase and learn how to play the genre that you're passionate about, then this is the course for you!
Tyler Grant introduces us to 'Country Guitar for Beginners'!
Before we start our beginner Country lessons with Tyler let's get some ground floor lessons under our belt with David Issacs! In this opening lesson, Dave will discuss the name and function of the various parts of an electric guitar.
Continuing on the ground floor, Now that we've covered the guitar itself, Dave will discuss each string and how to tune them!
Next on the ground floor, using the correct positioning and posture while playing can save a lot of frustration and possibly even injury. In this lesson, Dave will cover the proper techniques to help us be comfortable and proficient in our playing.
In our final ground floor lesson, Dave will cover how tablature can be a useful stepping stone, helping us familiarize ourselves with printed music for the guitar, and with a bit more work - standard notation. Here, Dave will discuss the basics of tablature and how it associates with the location and direction of the notes on the fretboard.
Now that we've completed our ground floor lessons, let's join Tyler Grant and dive right in with our first melody! In this lesson, Tyler gets us started with his, 'The Old Steam Tractor'.
Chords are the building blocks of Country Guitar. Here, Tyler will present us with our very first set of chords: the C and G7 chords!
Now that we have a couple of chords under our fingers let's pair them with some basic strum patterns.
We've got chords. We've got strumming patterns. Now let's add the first scale to our Country Guitarist lexicon as Tyler highlights the C Major Scale!
Ok now let's put all of the tools that we've learned thus far to use with our first song! In this lesson, Tyler covers the melody for the Country staple, 'Down in the Valley'.
Let's continue our work with 'Down in the Valley', as Tyler covers the rhythm guitar section of the song.
Moving on, here we will dive into our second melody of the course, 'Ferry Across Still Water'.
Now it's time to expand our lexicon of guitar chords with the G-Major, and D-Major chords!
Alternate picking is a great way to add a rhythmic dynamic to our playing. Here, Tyler covers the nuances of this technique.
Ready for more scales? In this lesson, Tyler highlights a couple of scales that are arguably the most utilized in Country music, the G-Major and G-Pentatonic scales!
Ok, now it's time to dive into our second song of the course with the melody of the familiar classic, 'Cotton Eyed Joe'!
Alright, we've got the melody to 'Cotton Eyed Joe' down. Now let's move on to the rythym section of the song.
For our third melody of the course, Tyler presents us with a fun little track, 'Country Boogie' in A!
In this lesson, we've got another update for our chording lexicon with the A-Major and A7 chords!
Here are some great additions to our playing repertoir! Bends and slurs can open the door for more expressive playing and can define a players style. Here, Tyler covers hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, and bends!
Now it's time to dive back into our scale work as Tyler presents us with another useful set of scales, the A-Major and A-Minor Pentatonic!
Are you ready? It's time to get our first guitar solo under our fingers and put all of our scaling, bends, and slurs to use as Tyler takes us out to, 'The Woodshed'!
In this next lesson, we'll get back to our scale work as Tyler covers the D-Major Scale.
At this point we've got quite a bit of playing under our fingers! For our fourth melody of the course, Tyler highlights the classic tune, 'The Water is Wide'.
Continuing with our chording, In this lesson Tyler covers the D-Minor and moveable shapes such as F7 and A7.
In this lesson, Tyler will cover some more common and useful rhythmic strumming patterns.
We're coming down the homestretch! Here, Tyler presents us with the final scale of the series, the E Pentatonic Scale.
Let's close out the playing portion of the course with our last guitar solo. In this next lesson, Tyler covers an original solo, 'Boots and Jeans'.
Congratulations! Here we are at the end of the course and we've got an army of Country guitar skills and licks under our fingers, but what do we do with it? In this final lesson of the series, Tyler leaves us some useful insight on where to take our playing next!
Join Tyler Grant to begin your journey on the guitar in the Bluegrass genre! Learn the basic fundamentals of the instrument, while also getting an introduction into the world of Bluegrass guitar. Foundational elements like melody playing, rhythm, technique and guitar knowledge are all covered in this genre flavored beginner course!
Join Tyler Grant in the comprehensive beginner guitar course that will begin you on your journey in Bluegrass guitar playing!
Before we jump into our beginning Bluegrass lessons let's get started with some ground floor fundamentals featuring Trevor Gordon Hall! In this lesson, Trevor discusses the name and purpose of various parts of the acoustic guitar.
Let's continue with our ground floor skills. Here, Trevor will discuss each of the strings and how to tune them properly using a digital tuner.
Continuing on the ground floor, in this lesson, Trevor will discuss the importance of proper and ergonomic posture while playing.
One more ground floor skill before we join Tyler for our beginner Bluegrass lessons. Here, Trevor will break down the basic building blocks of guitar notation and provide us with the tools to help read the notation included with each lesson.
OK! Let's shift gears and join Tyler Grant as he discusses proper body mechanics when beginning to play guitar, and explores our first Bluegrass melody!
Tyler explains why the G and D chords are so important to Bluegrass music.
An integral skill in learning Bluegrass guitar is understanding different strum patterns. The Boom Strum is foundational to the genre.
Don't let scales intimidate you, they unlock the ability to play lead guitar and create your own melodies. Tyler explains the G Major scale and how to play it.
Time to learn your first Bluegrass song! Tyler breaks down the different components that compose a typical Bluegrass song.
Rhythm is fundamental to music, and especially Bluegrass. It's the most important element to hold down the groove.
Learn a new melody, in the key of C Major. As you get more familiar with playing, everything will become more natural. Keep at it!
Add these chords to your chord vocabulary, the more chords you know, the more dynamic you'll be.
One technique to increase your proficiency as a player is to learn how to alternate pick. It allows you to be more efficient with the energy spent playing, and fit more notes into your phrasing!
This is the foundational scale for all of Western music. Why? Tyler explains.
Apply your newfound knowledge of the C Major scale to the song "Skip To My Lou".
Learn the rhythm section for "Skip To My Lou", applying your knowledge of the Boom Strum from earlier.
Want a cheat code to getting more out of your guitar? Get yourself a capo. The basic chords you've learned will transform into something totally new!
This is a Bluegrass standard, once you learn it you'll be able to jump into any jam session.
Take your knowledge of the G Major Scale and move it along the neck to get a different sound of your notes.
Learn key licks to add to your Bluegrass repertoire, this is where your style and flavor of playing can shine.
This is one of Tyler's favorite songs to jump into Bluegrass in any given moment.
This is your first guitar break, utilizing some of the breaks you learned in the previous lessons.
This is a classic fiddle tune, Tyler walks you through how to bring this song to life.
Barre Chords can be intimidating, Tyler shows you some tips on how to make the stretch a bit easier on your fretting hand.
Integrate your Barre Chord knowledge and discover more chords you can create with this shape.
While the Boom Strum is your baseline for Bluegrass, there are other strum patterns that will add some flair to your playing.
Learn the lingo of how to communicate with other musicians, indicating what chords are in your composition.
"Don't Let Your Deal Go Down" integrates some of the new chords and strum patterns you just learned.
Wondering how to play lead guitar in Bluegrass? Tyler explains how to do this.
Pull together everything you've learned thus far and play a full Bluegrass song from start to finish.
Congratulations, you did it! After learning everything in this course, Tyler discusses where you can take this knowledge next.