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Learn the Art of Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar

Learn the Art of Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar

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Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar

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Lessons Include:

Basic Right Hand Fundamentals 
Tone
Timing
Bass Runs 
The G-Run
Strum & Chord Voicing

 

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Learn the style, fanciness, smoothness, comfort, finess, power, dynamics & subtle details that will make you sound slick!

Tony Rice once said that "PLAYING RHYTHM IS AS CHALLENGING AS PLAYING LEAD" REFINE YOUR BLUEGRASS RHYTHM PLAYING SKILLS!

Learn the essential fundamentals of solid bluegrass rhythm, then transform these basics into "the art of rhythm". Thats what Chris Jones does in this long-awaited course, & he is uniquely qualified to teach this subject. Chris has provided great rhythm as a sideman for bluegrass bands from all across the stylistic spectrum. Now, as a band leader, he has synthesized all hes learned from this rich musical background into his own style which combines traditional and contemporary feels, using both power & sensitivity to provide the backing that perfectly fits each particular song.

Chris gives insight into the styles of masters like Jimmy Martin, Lester Flatt & Tony Rice, & gives you his own perspective that has made him a sought-after rhythm guitar instructor at workshops and bluegrass camps throughout North America. Chris takes you from basic right hand fundamentals, tone, & timing, to bass runs, the G-run, & strum & chord voicing variations that give you the tools to master the most underrated skill in bluegrass music: The Art Of Bluegrass Rhythm.

 

Reviews

Review: Acoustic Guitar Magazine January 2001 by David McCarty Anyone interested in becoming a better bluegrass guitarist should start by learning to play rhythm. In a bluegrass band, the guitar, mandolin, & bass unite to form a powerful rhythm section. On "THE ART OF BLUEGRASS RHYTHM GUITAR", bluegrass guitar powerhouse Chris Jones demonstrates the basics of this vital skill. Moving easily from simple boom-chuck rhythm patterns to more complex strums & rhythm licks, Jones paints a clear picture of how rhythm guitar forms the backbone of the band. Such a broad topic is a lot for any single video to cover, but Jones does an admirable job & includes a few advanced concepts such as "sock rhythm," the percussive, swingy rhythm guitar style in which chords are played up the neck with no open strings.

Review: Flatpicking Guitar Magazine July/Aug 2000 by Dan Dingeldein Chris Jones delivers a very informative video in his ‘THE ART OF BLUEGRASS RHYTHM GUITAR". This tape is a must have for any serious bluegrass player. Chris expertly breaks down the techniques of playing rhythm, from basic through advanced, as well as teaches the tools that show you how, what, & when to play. Chris starts with the basics---how to hold a pick: position, pressure & attack & basic rhythm techniques that will take you beyond the basic "boom-chick," including the important, & often overlooked, topic of dynamics. Additionally, he talks about using chord inversions, demonstrates "sock" rhythm, teaches a variety of bass runs, discusses the use of G-runs, & outlines stylistic rhythm techniques used by such great rhythm players as Jimmy Martin, Lester Flatt, & tony Rice. throughout the tape Chris demonstrates each technique & rhythmic style by providing specific examples for both vocal & instrumental tunes. He gives examples of back-up techniques that work with a variety of songs such as ultra-fast, very slow, waltz time, country, & contemporary bluegrass. He talks about where each technique might work well within the context of certain types of tunes & gives valuable tips on note placement, tone, timing, & feel. This tape can only help to advance your rhythm playing whether you are a beginner or advanced player. "THE ART OF BLUEGRASS RHYTHM GUITAR" will definitely make you more consistent in your rhythm playing & give you a greater awareness of the rhythmic techniques that are available to you beyond the basic "boom-chick" rhythm style.

Flatpicking Guitar Magazine July/Aug 2000 by Dan Dingeldein Chris Jones delivers a very informative video in his â??THE ART OF BLUEGRASS RHYTHM GUITAR". This tape is a must have for any serious bluegrass player. Chris expertly breaks down the techniques of playing rhythm, from basic through advanced, as well as teaches the tools that show you how, what, & when to play. Chris starts with the basics---how to hold a pick: position, pressure & attack & basic rhythm techniques that will take you beyond the basic "boom-chick," including the important, & often overlooked, topic of dynamics. Additionally, he talks about using chord inversions, demonstrates "sock" rhythm, teaches a variety of bass runs, discusses the use of G-runs, & outlines stylistic rhythm techniques used by such great rhythm players as Jimmy Martin, Lester Flatt, & tony Rice. throughout the tape Chris demonstrates each technique & rhythmic style by providing specific examples for both vocal & instrumental tunes. He gives examples of back-up techniques that work with a variety of songs such as ultra-fast, very slow, waltz time, country, & contemporary bluegrass. He talks about where each technique might work well within the context of certain types of tunes & gives valuable tips on note placement, tone, timing, & feel. This tape can only help to advance your rhythm playing whether you are a beginner or advanced player. "THE ART OF BLUEGRASS RHYTHM GUITAR" will definitely make you more consistent in your rhythm playing & give you a greater awareness of the rhythmic techniques that are available to you beyond the basic "boom-chick" rhythm style.

Acoustic Guitar Magazine January 2001 by David McCarty Anyone interested in becoming a better bluegrass guitarist should start by learning to play rhythm. In a bluegrass band, the guitar, mandolin, & bass unite to form a powerful rhythm section. On "THE ART OF BLUEGRASS RHYTHM GUITAR", bluegrass guitar powerhouse Chris Jones demonstrates the basics of this vital skill. Moving easily from simple boom-chuck rhythm patterns to more complex strums & rhythm licks, Jones paints a clear picture of how rhythm guitar forms the backbone of the band. Such a broad topic is a lot for any single video to cover, but Jones does an admirable job & includes a few advanced concepts such as "sock rhythm," the percussive, swingy rhythm guitar style in which chords are played up the neck with no open strings.

Sing Out! magazine. Summer 2004 by M.M. The title points to the content, as guitarist Chirs Jones portrays the "Art" of bluegrass rhythm guitar. As he says, it is the guitar that holds the ensemble together and creates the pallet on which the ensemble sound is built. To some it may appear like the "skill" players are the ones playing the high-flying melody lines. And that is without quistion a specialized skill. But conventional wisdom in music states, quite simply, that music is comprised of rhythm and melody - and without question the most important component is rhythm. As a highly regarded musician, Chris Jones shares his insights for the subtleties of this art form of rhythm guitar. While there are abundant instructional materials that show you what to play, there are few that can show you how. With this DVD you do not receive a book of songs, rather the insights of a master player with his time-tested insights on how to go about it. And those insights will inform and impact everything that you play. Two important examples that Chris Jones shares are how to hold the pick and how to execute a rest stroke. These are vital skills that seperate good from great players. The upclose camera work and cogent explanations take misunderstood concepts such as these and present them in clear and understandable ways. Highly recommended.

 

Customer Compliments

Amazon.com review The Art of Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar, May 13, 2004 Reviewer: Harold Wright (Austin, Texas United States) Chris Jones does a great job of demonstrating proper rhythm guitar technique. In addition to rhythm, he gives examples of bass runs which are executed slowly at first, then at tempo, making them easily learned by most beginners. Overall, the material is well done, great lighting, closeups,etc. This coupled with Chris'articulate presentational skills makes for an enjoyable and informative instructional session. Chris Jones deserves a hardy round of applause for producing this fine instructional dvd.

 

 

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