Beginner Guitar Workshop

Beginning Bluegrass Guitar Workshop
By Bill Jirsa

This workshop is directed at those folks who already know basic finger positions for the chords in the keys of G and C.

Perhaps you have just started playing the guitar, or perhaps you are new to bluegrass, and you want to learn some of it’s quirks and techniques. Maybe you are a little intimidated when you approach a jam. Some of the things we will cover should help you gain the confidence to jump in and play along. Mostly, I hope you will have more fun playing bluegrass on your guitar after coming to this workshop.

Written materials will be provided.

The workshop will cover:

The basic “boom-chuck” method of rhythm guitar, and how to enhance it and have more fun.

Left hand pressure, and right hand volume.

Demonstrate and practice some basic “walks” and “runs.”

The so called “Bluegrass G;” and “G7” and “C.” How and when to use it.

The chord numbering system, and why it’s important.

Transposing songs from one key to another.

Using a capo to play in any key.

Review some essential equipment and accessories for anyone’s ditty bag.
Learn some simple scale exercises to introduce you to flat picking.

How to become comfortable in a jam situation.

A short list of resources for information and skill development.

If time allows, we will slow jam a standard bluegrass song or 2.
Posted By:  Rick Cornish

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