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The Tony Rice Style: Modern Bluegrass Master

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The first thing traditional bluegrass players scratch their heads over is the chord changes Tony Rice plays. Tony takes an almost "jazz" approach to bluegrass, playing extended chords over traditional, simple chord progressions.

In this lesson we'll look at substitutions for a G and C chord since these are the most commonly used in bluegrass. Notice also my fingering for these chords. I will use my thumb over the neck to make these chords easier and help with muting.

Take this lesson to get the sound of these chords in your ear. They sound alarming when first played, but will eventually add a fresh, modern sound to your progressions.

Lesson Info
Instructor Ben Helson
The Tony Rice Style: Modern Bluegrass Master