Flatpicking Guitar and Bluegrass Music

Flatpicking Guitar and Bluegrass Music

Flatpicking Guitar and Bluegrass Music

The guitar is the least appreciated of the Bluegrass  instruments. For the most part, Bluegrass music will open with a banjo fiddle or mandolin lick.   In the early days of go to Bluegrass music, the guitar was merely a rhythm instrument. Recently, more guitarists are featured soloists, and are highly accomplished flatpickers.

At modern Bluegrass festivals, frequently a strong guitar lick will be a song and the guitarist or guitarists will have solos to show their strong Bluegrass chops.  Good examples of this additional Bluegrass style include songs by Tony Rice,Nickel Creek’s Sean Watkins, Lester Flatt, Charlie Monroe, and Clarence White.

In the1974, Happy Traum put out a Bluegrass licks and instruction book.  Bluegrass Guitar introduces the guitarist to a history of Bluegrass and Bluegrass guitar as well as Bluegrass licks, flat picking techniques, and a great selection of fiddle tunes they can be easily learned by a new or new flat picking guitarist.

While many experienced guitar players are offended by the thought they might not have the skills to play Bluegrass guitar, it is a very different experience than playing a folk guitar, or classical guitar (as it is rare to find an electric guitar in a Bluegrass band or artists collection, they will not be covered in this section).

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Herb Pedersen January 21, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Good rhythm is a mainstay in bluegrass music. Often overlooked, but still necessary in a good tight blend, instrumentally. Listen to early Bill Monroe when he had Lester Flatt on the guitar. Bill never sounded better. His version of “Will You Be Lovin’ Another Man” says it all. The “pocket” is right there.

theresa redden February 8, 2011 at 8:19 am

I just love the sound!! -like, Ralph Stanley says its mountain music!
-just cant get enough!!

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