Peghead Nation instructors have released hours of new instruction in their courses, and here are the tunes and lessons we’ve just published for July 2021. Join us in any course and get your first month free. Just use promo code Learn21 at checkout!
Al Casey’s “Buck Jumpin’” Guitarist Al Casey recorded hundreds of songs with Fats Waller, including the guitar showcase “Buck Jumpin’” in 1941. You’ll learn the first four choruses of “Buck Jumpin,’” a 12-bar jump blues in G.
Tatter Jack Walsh Learn some advanced ways to accompany D modal jigs in dropped-D tuning using the traditional jig “Tatter Jack Walsh.” You’ll use chords in open position as well as three-note voicings up the neck combined with a D drone.
Flop-Eared Mule “Flop-Eared Mule” is a common tune at bluegrass and old-time jams. It’s one of the few tunes that are in two keys. In Joe’s version, the first part is in G and the second part is in D.
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.”
“Cold on the Shoulder”: Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas Split Solo “Cold on the Shoulder” is a Gordon Lightfoot song that was recorded by Tony Rice. You’ll learn the solo that was split by Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas on Tony’s recording.
I’m Sitting on Top of the World Bill Monroe recorded “I’m Sitting on Top of the World” in 1957 in the unusual key of C#, using chop-chord positions at the ninth fret for his solo.
Sliding Down “Sliding Down” was written by bassist/pianist Edgar Meyer and recorded on Uncommon Ritual, which features Sam Bush and Béla Fleck. It’s a simple 3/4 melody, but the challenge is how to flesh out the melody with chord tones.
Stoney Creek “Stoney Creek” is a bluegrass instrumental classic written by Jesse McReynolds. It has an unusual chord progression, so it’s fun to jam on. It’s in the key of A with an AABB form, but the B part modulates to the key of F.
The Longford Collector “The Longford Collector” is the second tune in the Tarbolton Set, which consists of “Tarbolton,” “The Longford Collector,” and “The Sailor’s Bonnet.” It’s a great straight-ahead, 32-measure, G major reel.
Exactly Like You “Exactly Like You” is one of the most played jazz standards, with memorable recorded versions by Louis Armstrong, Django Reinhardt, and many others. Aaron’s arrangement uses a lot of ii7–V7 progressions.
Freight Train In this lesson you’ll learn to play a double-stop solo to the folk classic “Freight Train” in the key of Bb. “Freight Train” includes an unusual chord—a major chord on the third step of the scale, which, in the key of Bb, is a D.
Red Prairie Dawn The old-time fiddle tune “Red Prairie Dawn” comes from Indiana fiddler Gary Harrison, and has become popular in bluegrass jam circles lately. It’s in the key of A and works well on the octave mandolin.
Bill Emerson: “Cowboys and Indians” Bill Emerson’s instrumental tune “Cowboys and Indians” is in the key of C minor, and to play it you tune your banjo to drop-C tuning, with the low D string tuned down to C.
Methodist Preacher The fiddle tune “Methodist Preacher” comes from Bill Monroe. It has four parts but a lot of the melodic material in each part is repeated. Wes plays it melodic style, finding ways to make the banjo sustain as much as possible.
Glen Smith’s “John Henry” There are many versions of the traditional song “John Henry.” The one you’ll learn comes from Virginia banjo player and fiddler Glen Smith, who played it in the unusual tuning of eBEBE.
Bluegrass Backup Lick Series, Part 6: Lick Series #1 in Other Keys Chad shows you how to play the licks in Lick Series #1 in capo position so that you can move them to other keys.
Possum on a Rail “Possum on a Rail” is a fun, syncopated dance tune in the key of G that was recorded in 1930 by the Mississippi Possum Hunters, with fiddler Lonnie Ellis, guitarist Pete Herring, and cellist John Holloway.
Thumb Position Thumb position is a way to play up the neck, above where the neck and body join. Zoe provides tips on fingering in thumb position and gives you a series of scalar exercises. You’ll also learn the melody to “Blue Skies” in thumb position.
PLAY-ALONG RHYTHM TRACKS – Available to all subscribers. Guitar accompaniment video, downloadable audio, and chord charts for popular bluegrass, old-time, and roots tunes and songs.
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