Nick Amodeo

Nick Amodeo

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Nick Amodeo is a multi-instrumentalist based out of Denver, Colorado. A self taught musician, he took up guitar at age 12 before moving on to mandolin and electric bass. He is the 2005 Colorado state mandolin champion, and was featured on the 2007 Downbeat magazine Blues Album of the Year, Otis Taylor’s “Definition of a Circle.” Nick has shared the stage with such artists as Buddy Guy, Chuck Campbell, Mollie O’Brien, Nick Forster and Pete Wernick of Hot Rize, and ma... (more)

Nick currently offers 21 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 17 intermediate lessons and 4 song lessons.

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Bluegrass with Nick Amodeo

A sub-genre of country music which blends improvising with folk-like melodies. Pioneered by Bill Monroe in the 1930s in the "bluegrass" state. Nick will present flatpick techniques.


Series Introduction

Nick Amodeo introduces the Bluegrass Series and explains what to expect in the following lessons.

2:27 Runtime

0.5 Difficulty


History and Influence of Bluegrass

Nick discusses the history of bluegrass and the influence it has had on other styles of music.

27:44 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty


Bluegrass Instruments and Influence

Nick explains the musical role that each instrument plays in a bluegrass band.

17:01 Runtime

1.0 Difficulty


Bluegrass Chords

Nick explains how to play some of the most commonly used chords in the bluegrass genre.

19:42 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

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Right Hand Techniques

Welcome to a right hand "boot camp" with Nick Amodeo! In this lesson, Nick demonstrates several picking and strumming exercises that will whip your right hand into shape.

24:48 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Right Hand Boot Camp

Nick Amodeo continues his discussion of picking technique in this installment of right hand "boot camp."

24:33 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Crosspicking Techniques

Nick presents several exercises that develop string skipping and crosspicking technique.

23:35 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Common Bluegrass Scale Exercise

Nick covers some exercises and scales that develop left hand technique.

33:15 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Bluegrass Ornaments

Nick explains how to play various slurs such as slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs. Also included are some common bluegrass licks that utilize these techniques.

30:54 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Bluegrass Right Hand Rhythm

Nick covers some basic bluegrass strumming patterns.

12:23 Runtime

3.0 Difficulty


Left Hand Boot Camp

Nick covers some of the most commonly used scale patterns in bluegrass.

31:45 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty


Nine Pound Hammer

Nick applies fundamental guitar techniques from previous lessons to the song "Nine Pound Hammer."

31:39 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Texas Gales

Nick demonstrates his interpretation of "Texas Gales." You might say this one will blow you away!

38:30 Runtime

4.0 Difficulty


Cross Picking: Home Sweet Home

Nick teaches the song "Home Sweet Home" and uses it to demonstrate cross picking techniques. Nick also covers the chords, and a chord with melody version to correspond with a picked version he has created.

57:24 Runtime

3.5 Difficulty


Bluegrass Fiddle Tunes

Join Nick Amodeo as he teaches both a simple and a more complex rendition of some popular bluegrass fiddle tunes.


Over The Waterfall

Join Nick as he teaches two different versions of Over The Waterfall: one with a simple melody and one more complex version that will utilize some more advanced techniques.

37:09 Runtime

2.0 Difficulty

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Blackberry Blossom

Learn a basic melody to Blackberry Blossom and then when you've mastered that, take on the more complex version!

28:15 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty


Bury Me Beneath The Willow

Join Nick as he teaches another great fiddle tune, Bury Me Beneath The Willow. Learn the basic melody, a cross-picking version and then challenge yourself with the more complex solo guitar version.

30:31 Runtime

2.5 Difficulty

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