Guthrie Trapp

Guthrie Trapp

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Guthrie Trapp, established sideman and artist, has just finished his first solo album, Pick Peace, due out fall of 2012. The project is a showcase for Trapp’s stellar guitar playing that has long supported the careers of superstar artists and his own bands. While this marks his solo debut, Trapp has led numerous other bands including 18 South, the Guthrie Trapp Trio, and TAR (Trapp, Abbott & R hodes). As a member of Dobro legend Jerry Douglas’ band for 5 years he playe... (more)

Guthrie currently offers 33 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 23 lessons in our Artist Series and 10 Lick & Riff Library entries.

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Guthrie Trapp Artist Series

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


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.

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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.

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