NEW LESSONS JUST ADDED TO THE STRING SCHOOL!
Each month, our instructors add new tunes, in-depth technique lessons, and play-along tracks to many of our courses. Check out this month’s additions below.
Tin Roof Blues | Scott uses this 12-bar swing blues in Bb, which was a favorite of early jazz and western swing bands, to talk about a handy closed position you can use to play in Bb or any closed position up the neck.
Fascinating Rhythm | The Gershwin song “Fascinating Rhythm” is rhythmically challenging, harmonically complex, and is often played at a fast tempo. Matt’s arrangement features some banjo-style passages.
Double D Diatonic Shapes | Learn movable chord shapes in the key of D using dropped-D tuning and how to harmonize the D major scale with a different chord shape for every note of the scale.
Cattle in the Cane | The fiddle tune “Cattle in the Cane” is one of the few fiddle tunes that changes keys, in this case from A Mixolydian to A minor. Joe’s version is based on those of Tony Rice and Sam Bush.
Connecting Chords with Ninths | Learn how to connect chords with sevenths and ninths using a “yodel” lick that you can use to walk from key to key in the circle of fifths.
Forked Deer | Learn the old-time fiddle tune “Forked Deer,” a popular tune at old-time and bluegrass jams around the world. It’s in the key of D, with a B part that starts on an A chord.
Working on a Building | Bill Monroe recorded the gospel song “Working on a Building” a number of times. The two solos you’ll learn here are from his fiery 1954 recording.
Amanda’s Reel | “Amanda’s Reel” comes from the great bluegrass guitarist Kenny Smith. It’s in the key of G with an unusual form, two 16-bar A sections followed by one 16-bar B section.
Belize | John wrote this calypso a number of years ago and recorded it on his album North of the Border. “Belize” has a simple, catchy, syncopated melody in the key of G and a vamp ending.
Intro to Barn Dances | Marla introduces you to barn dances, which became popular in England and North America in the late 19th century, and teaches you the “The Hills of Tara,” a classic barn dance in the key of G.
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love | The jazz standard “I Can’t Give You Anything But Love” is a jam session favorite. Aaron takes a traditional chord melody approach to his arrangement.
Will the Circle Be Unbroken | Learn to create a melody-based solo with double stops to “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” one of the most well-known bluegrass and old-time country songs.
Appalachian Train | Learn “Appalachian Train,” an instrumental in G-minor tuning that comes from songwriter Paul Craft and banjoist Ben Eldridge, who recorded it on the Seldom Scene’s album Old Train.
Bonaparte’s Retreat | There are many versions of the old fiddle tune “Bonaparte’s Retreat.” Most are in the key of D, as is Evie’s banjo version, played out of double C tuning with the capo at the second fret.
Brushy Run | “Brushy Run” is one of Wes’s favorite old-time fiddle tunes, and his arrangement follows the fiddle melody exactly. It’s in the key of G, and Wes plays it mostly melodic style with a touch of single string.
Rabbit Hash | The six-part old-time tune “Rabbit Hash” comes from the fiddling of Tricia Spencer and Howard Rains. They play it in the cross tuning of GDGD, but you’ll learn it in standard tuning in the key of A.
Goodbye Liza Jane | The melody of the fiddle tune “Goodbye Liza Jane” has been around for at least a hundred years. It’s a great tune for creating variations and improvising on.
Singing and Fiddling: The Devil’s Nine Questions | To sing and play “The Devil’s Nine Questions” an old English folk ballad recorded by Texas Gladden, Bruce tunes the fiddle down a whole step to FCGD.
Billy in the Lowground | The fiddle tune “Billy in the Lowground” is not a standard Dobro tune, but it’s popular at bluegrass jams. It’s in the key of C and is a great exercise in playing in C with alternate picking.
Act Naturally | Learn the country song “Act Naturally,” which was first recorded by Buck Owens, whose version has a half-time 2/4 feel in the verse and a chorus that goes to a double-time 4/4 feel with a walking bass.
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