How To Play Bluegrass Guitar

Learning how to play bluegrass guitar songs is a fun experience because many of these tunes are variations of old country songs or gospel numbers.

I say that meaning if you can play a country song as far as rhythm goes, a transition over to a bluegrass song is quite easy as far as rhythm is concerned. 

Learning how to play flat-picking, well that's another story. But you always start with solid rhythm first.

The best way to learn in my opinion, is to jump right in and learn a bluegrass song. The picking stuff comes later. My lessons here cover many of the basic bluegrass runs you'll hear in many songs. In other words, the basic runs keep showing up in multiple songs. But learn rhythm first, then go back and review any picking found in these songs listed below

How To Play Bluegrass Guitar A-Z

AJ Lee
1. Three Men On A Mountain
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Avett Brothers
1. Laundry Room
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3. Bill Monroe

Footprints In The Snow was not written by Bill Monroe even though he apparently had made that claim. The song dates back to 1880 and was written by Harry Wright with the title "Footmarks In The Snow".

The song was first recorded in 1931 Ernest Branch & The West Virginia Ramblers but they called it "Little Footprints". Bill Monroe recorded his version in Feb of 1945 in Nashville. He re-recorded the song agin

in 1952 with different musicians. Monroe released his 1952 version as a single and later appeared on his Greatest Hits album.

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, D7, G, A7
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Cadillac Sky
1. Born Lonesome
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Charlie Siezmore
1. I Don't Remember
Lovin You

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Del McCoury
1. Vincent Black
Lightning 1952

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Doc Watson
1. Big Spike Hammer
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2. The Tennessee Stud
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Emmylou Harris
1. Beneath Still Waters
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3. I Still Miss Someone
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5. Wayfaring Stranger
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2. Blue Kentucky Girl
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4. The Green Rolling
Hills Of West Virginia

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Fastlane
1. Tina At The
Teardrop Inn

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Gillian Welch
1. Wichita
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Girly Man
1. Kittery Tide
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Hylo Brown
1. I've Waited As
Long As I Can

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Jerry Reed
1. East Bound And Down
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Jim & Jesse
1. Don't Say Goodbye
If You Love Me

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John Fogerty
1. Blue Moon Nights
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Kathy Mattea
1. Lonesome Standard Time
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Keith Whitley
1. Tennessee Blues
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2. Will You Miss Me
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Mac Wiseman
1. Jimmy Brown The Newsboy
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Marty Stuart
1. High On A Mountain Top
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Munford & Sons
1. I Will Wait For You
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Newgrass Revival
1. Ain't That Peculiar
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3. Love Someone Like Me
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2. How About You
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4. Revival
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New Riders Of The Purple Sage
1. The Glendale Train
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Norman Blake
1. Church Street Blues
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Old Crow Medicine Show
1. Wagon Wheel
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Peter Rowan
1. Meadow Green
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2. Thirsty In The Rain
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Praire Oyster
1. Did You Fall In
Love With Me

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Pure Prairie League
1. Amie
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Reno & Smiley
1. Don't Let Your
Sweet Love Die

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Ricky Skaggs
1. Bury Me Beneath the Willow
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3. She's More To Be Pitied Than Scolded
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2. Little Mountain Church House
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4. When The Roses Bloom Again
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Sam Bush

1. Howlin At The Moon
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2. Last Letter Home
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Soggy Bottom Boys

1. Man Of Constant Sorrow
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Sturgill Simpson

1. Poor Rambler
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The Chapmans

1. Don't Let Me Cross Over
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The Dillards

1. There Is A Time
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The Grascals

1. Dooley
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2. Pretty Melody
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The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

1. I Find Jesus
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2. Will The Circle Be Unbroken
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The Osbourne Brothers

1. Rocky Top
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The Seldom Scene

1. Baby Blue
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Zac Brown

1. Fox On The Run
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History Of Bluegrass Music

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