Peghead Nation instructors have released hours of new instruction in their courses, and here are the tunes and lessons we’ve just published for August 2021. Join us in any course and get your first month free. Just use promo code Learn21 at checkout!
Al Casey’s “Buck Jumpin’,” Part 2 Matt dissects one of Al Casey’s distinctive harmonic ideas from “Buck Jumpin’” and shows you how to use it in different ways.
The Boyne Hunt Flynn shows you an advanced accompaniment arrangement to the D major reel “The Boyne Hunt,” which shows you how he might backup “The Boyne Hunt” at a seisiún, with three complete times through the tune.
Home Sweet Home The Victorian-era parlor song “Home Sweet Home” became known as a bluegrass instrumental through Earl Scruggs’s 1961 recording. You’ll learn a version of the melody in two octaves in the key of C.
Two-Note Chord Comping | Chad shows you how to use double stops on the bottom two strings to accompany (“comp”) songs, using the chord progression for “All of Me.”
“Letter from My Darling” David Grisman Solo David Grisman’s solo to the song “Letter from My Darling” from his 1991 Bluegrass Reunion recording is a great bluesy, Monroe-inspired solo in the key of G.
Out in the Cold World Bill Monroe’s 1957 solo on “Out in the Cold World” is played up the neck in chop-chord position in the key of C, with the middle finger at the eighth fret. It includes 16th-note triplets and a lot of syncopation.
Crazy Creek The A major fiddle tune “Crazy Creek” comes from Nashville fiddler Tommy Jackson. It has an AABA form and a couple of unusual modulations: the A section goes to the key of C, and the B section is in F.
Manzanita “Manzanita” is the title track from guitarist Tony Rice’s classic 1979 album. It’s an instrumental in the key of D minor and the first part has an unusual rhythmic structure.
The Sailor’s Bonnet The last tune in the Tarbolton Set is the D major reel “The Sailor’s Bonnet.” It’s a straightforward tune, but the first part is eight bars long and the second part is 16 bars long.
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore The Duke Ellington song “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore” is one of the most popular jazz standards. It’s usually played with a figure from the rhythm section that responds to the vocal melody.
Will the Roses Bloom In this lesson, you’ll learn a solo to the bluegrass classic “Will the Roses Bloom (Where She Lies Sleeping)” in the key of D using a new double stop series and a new territory on the neck up at the tenth fret.
The Smoothie Song “The Smoothie Song” is the first track on Nickel Creek’s album This Side, and is probably the first time many people heard an octave mandolin. Chris Thile tunes his octave mandolin/bouzouki to GDAD for “The Smoothie Song.”
Sourwood Mountain “Sourwood Mountain” is an old folk song that has been around for ages. You’ll learn how to take the melody of “Sourwood Mountain” and create your own banjo version, down the neck and up the neck.
Four Ways to Play “Shady Grove” There are numerous versions of the traditional song “Shady Grove,” including influential ones by Doc Watson and Jerry Garcia. Wes shows you four different ways to play “Shady Grove” on the banjo.
Walking in the Parlor This version of the old-time tune “Walking in the Parlor” comes from Lee Hammons. It’s a simple tune in double-C tuning and Hammons brings out the beauty of the melody with dynamics and subtle syncopation.
Bluegrass Backup Lick Series, Part 7: “My Little Georgia Rose” Chad shows you how to use the licks in Lick Series #1 in the context of a song: Bill Monroe’s “My Little Georgia Rose.”
Logan County Blues “Logan County Blues” is a bluesy dance tune in the key of D. It’s a two-part tune (AABB), but the first part follows 12-bar blues form, while the second part returns to standard eight-bar fiddle tune form.
Uh Oh, Love Comes to Town The Talking Heads song “Uh Oh, Love Comes to Town” has a great, groovy bass line, built around a repeating riff on an E major pentatonic scale, played by Talking Heads bassist Tina Weymouth.
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