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  • Charles W.

    Not really a bluegrass player, but I am an intermediate guitar player in acoustic rock/pop style. I'm open to new things, Princeton is really close for me, and I would like to learn a new style and work on my rhythm comping. I understand that's a key feature in bluegrass?? what are one or two easy tunes I should know ahead of time?

    January 18, 2013

    • Andrew

      Welcome, Charles. Most bluegrass is played in the keys of G, C, D and A, using the basic tonic (1), subdominant (4) and dominate (5) chords. Rather than practice individual songs, you should work on being able to "hear" chord changes as they happen. One way is to experiment by singling and playing the chords to a song that you know well ---even Happy Birthday---to yourself in G, then C, and so on... You’ll find that many songs (in any genre) can be played using only three chords.

      January 19, 2013

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