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Tyler Grant

Tyler Grant

Tyler is a Guitar instructor at JamPlay.com

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 321 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 61 beginner lessons, 238 intermediate lessons, 1 song lesson and 21 Lick & Riff Library entries.

Country Guitar for Beginners

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!

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Introduction to 'Country Guitar for Beginners'

Tyler Grant introduces us to 'Country Guitar for Beginners'!

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Ground Floor - Getting to Know Your Electric Guitar

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.

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Ground Floor - Tuning and String Names

Continuing on the ground floor, Now that we've covered the guitar itself, Dave will discuss each string and how to tune them!

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Ground Floor - Putting Your Hands on the Guitar

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.

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Ground Floor - Understanding Notation Through Shape and Direction

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.

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Your First Melody: The Old Steam Tractor

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'.

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Your First Chords!

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!

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Basic Strum Patterns

Now that we have a couple of chords under our fingers let's pair them with some basic strum patterns.

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The C Major Scale

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!

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Your First Song: Down in the Valley

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'.

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Down in the Valley: Rhythm Guitar

Let's continue our work with 'Down in the Valley', as Tyler covers the rhythm guitar section of the song.

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Your Second Melody: Ferry Across Stillwater

Moving on, here we will dive into our second melody of the course, 'Ferry Across Still Water'.

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New Chords!

Now it's time to expand our lexicon of guitar chords with the G-Major, and D-Major chords!

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Alternate Picking

Alternate picking is a great way to add a rhythmic dynamic to our playing. Here, Tyler covers the nuances of this technique.

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G Major and G Pentatonic Scale

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!

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Your Second Song: Cotton Eyed Joe - Melody

Ok, now it's time to dive into our second song of the course with the melody of the familiar classic, 'Cotton Eyed Joe'!

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Cotton Eyed Joe: Rhythm

Alright, we've got the melody to 'Cotton Eyed Joe' down. Now let's move on to the rythym section of the song.

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Your Third Melody: Country Boogie in A

For our third melody of the course, Tyler presents us with a fun little track, 'Country Boogie' in A!

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More New Chords!

In this lesson, we've got another update for our chording lexicon with the A-Major and A7 chords!

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Slurs and Bends

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!

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A Major and A Minor Pentatonic Scales

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!

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Your First Guitar Solo!: In The Woodshed

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'!

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The D Major Scale

In this next lesson, we'll get back to our scale work as Tyler covers the D-Major Scale.

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Your Fourth Melody: The Water is Wide

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'.

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Even More Chords!

Continuing with our chording, In this lesson Tyler covers the D-Minor and moveable shapes such as F7 and A7.

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New Rhythm Patterns

In this lesson, Tyler will cover some more common and useful rhythmic strumming patterns.

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The E Pentatonic Scale

We're coming down the homestretch! Here, Tyler presents us with the final scale of the series, the E Pentatonic Scale.

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Your Next Guitar Solo!: Boots and Jeans

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'.

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Where Do I Go Next?

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!

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Bluegrass Guitar for Beginners

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!

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Series Introduction

Join Tyler Grant in the comprehensive beginner guitar course that will begin you on your journey in Bluegrass guitar playing!

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Ground Floor - Getting to Know Your Guitar

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.

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Ground Floor - String Names and Tuning

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.

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Ground Floor - Putting Your Hands on the Guitar

Continuing on the ground floor, in this lesson, Trevor will discuss the importance of proper and ergonomic posture while playing.

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Ground Floor - Reading Tablature and Basic Notation

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.

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Your First Melody - Bluegrass Bells in G Major

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!

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Your First Chords

Tyler explains why the G and D chords are so important to Bluegrass music.

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The Bluegrass Boom Strum

An integral skill in learning Bluegrass guitar is understanding different strum patterns. The Boom Strum is foundational to the genre.

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The G Major Scale

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.

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Your First Song Melody: John Henry

Time to learn your first Bluegrass song! Tyler breaks down the different components that compose a typical Bluegrass song.

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John Henry: Rhythm Guitar

Rhythm is fundamental to music, and especially Bluegrass. It's the most important element to hold down the groove.

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Your Second Melody!

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!

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New Chords!

Add these chords to your chord vocabulary, the more chords you know, the more dynamic you'll be.

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Alternate Picking

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!

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C Major Scale

This is the foundational scale for all of Western music. Why? Tyler explains.

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Your Second Song Melody: Skip to My Lou

Apply your newfound knowledge of the C Major scale to the song "Skip To My Lou".

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Skip to My Lou: Rhythm Guitar

Learn the rhythm section for "Skip To My Lou", applying your knowledge of the Boom Strum from earlier.

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Discussion of Capos and Keys

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!

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Your First Fiddle Tune

This is a Bluegrass standard, once you learn it you'll be able to jump into any jam session.

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G Major Scale in the Low Octave

Take your knowledge of the G Major Scale and move it along the neck to get a different sound of your notes.

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Breaks

Learn key licks to add to your Bluegrass repertoire, this is where your style and flavor of playing can shine.

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Your Third Song: Worried Man Blues

This is one of Tyler's favorite songs to jump into Bluegrass in any given moment.

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Your First Guitar Break: Worried Man Blues

This is your first guitar break, utilizing some of the breaks you learned in the previous lessons.

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Your Fourth Melody: Liberty

This is a classic fiddle tune, Tyler walks you through how to bring this song to life.

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The F Barre Chord

Barre Chords can be intimidating, Tyler shows you some tips on how to make the stretch a bit easier on your fretting hand.

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Even More Chords!

Integrate your Barre Chord knowledge and discover more chords you can create with this shape.

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New Strum Patterns

While the Boom Strum is your baseline for Bluegrass, there are other strum patterns that will add some flair to your playing.

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The Chord Number System

Learn the lingo of how to communicate with other musicians, indicating what chords are in your composition.

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Your Fifth Song!

"Don't Let Your Deal Go Down" integrates some of the new chords and strum patterns you just learned.

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Lead Guitar Break: Don't Let Your Deal Go Down

Wondering how to play lead guitar in Bluegrass? Tyler explains how to do this.

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Let's Pick!

Pull together everything you've learned thus far and play a full Bluegrass song from start to finish.

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Where Do I Go Next?

Congratulations, you did it! After learning everything in this course, Tyler discusses where you can take this knowledge next.

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Country Core Skills

If you want to understand the basics of playing country music on guitar, this course is the perfect place to start. Tyler Grant will steer you through the core elements of this genre. From playing solos to coming up with country-style rhythmic patterns — you’ll learn how to apply specific techniques using hands-on examples and real songs until you’re playing country music on both acoustic and electric guitar.

Country Genre Study

Let's join Tyler Grant as he shares important country music concepts by analyzing iconic guitarists from the 1960s to 1990s, like Norman Blake and Merle Travis. We'll also learn how to apply these concepts to our playing in the form of solos, strumming patterns, melodic ideas, and much more!

Electric Country

Tyler Grant takes the lead as he guides you through the possibilities of electric country and what it means for your playing. He’ll show you how the harmonic scale can be used to improvise killer solos and how hybrid picking can add melodic texture. After just a few lessons, you’ll have a greater understanding of the music theory that powers this playing style as well as a few fun electric country licks, grooves, and riffs to practice.

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