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outlaw0429 - Posted - 09/18/2008:  10:41:03

I am hoping that anyone here can give me some advice on something that I cannot figure out, any advice would be really;s my dilemma;

1. I know many flatpicking leads to the more popular bluegrass songs, but cannot figure out how to start the lead guitar breaks that I have learned into the actual song, is there some kind of magic formula to this? Is there a 2 or 3 beat measure prior to the chord change, is a walkup or walkdown used, any suggestions?

2. I see aot of guitar licks being used, fills, intros and such, how are the placed and used in a song? I bought Orin Starrs book of bluegrass fills and it has a plethora of licks, but really doesn't explain how they are used in a song. Does anyone know of a book, video, website that can explain this to me?

Thanks again for any input. I really enjoy playing rythym at the jams but one day I would liketo take my own break. Take care, RJ

Rolfomatic - Posted - 09/20/2008:  08:10:23

If you are talking about playing fiddle tunes, you generally won't do any kind of kickoff to your lead break unless you are kicking off the whole song.

On Bluegrass vocal songs, your break could have a basic eighth note walkup.

Sounds to me like you are ready to break away from tabs for a while and focus on listening to songs, slowing them down with slowdowner programs and learning by ear. It may seem tough at first, but all the answers to your questions are in the recordings themselves. There are no secret formulas. Just listen and steal some ideas from some recordings.


brokenstrang - Posted - 10/02/2008:  08:02:13

Rolfomatic's advise is sound. There is no better way to answer your questions than just listening to those recordings and trying to play along. I still struggle with it myself at times.

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