Building Bluegrass Guitar Breaks

Level: Intermediate

Do any of these describe you?

  • I can find a melody, but it sounds too simple. How can I make it sound fuller and more professional?
  • I learned a break from TAB, but when I tried to play it at a jam session, it all fell apart.
  • I learned an amazing Tony Rice break and can play it at 70 BPM. At this rate, I should have it up to speed in 8 years.
  • I have no idea where to start to make up a break to a song

There's lots of TAB arrangements out there,  but how do you really create a convincing bluegrass guitar break? In this ongoing class, Andy Hatfield teaches how to build a bluegrass break from the ground up. We start with the melody and the chords, and the add the extras: double-stops, fills, runs, crosspicking, etc, to fill it out and make it sound great. At the end of each class, we'll have a complete solo that you could use in a jam session or even on stage! 

During class, we will use the melody and chords to build an effective and playable bluegrass guitar break, taking suggestions from the class as we go. After the class, you will receive a PDF tab of the completed break, and access to a video recap and performance of what we worked on. Whether you learn best from TAB or by ear, you'll have something to help you remember what we learned in class.

Note: The goal of this ongoing series is not just that you would learn the songs, but also that you would learn a process to create breaks on your own. While we may reference a famous recording of the song, the breaks we create in this class will be our own, based on the melody and chords of the song. We will not be learning note-for-note transcriptions from the album.

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After purchase, you'll receive an email asking which session(s) you'd like to attend. Class credit can only be applied toward andyslessons.com classes. Cannot be used for lessons, workshops, or classes on any other website, camp, company, etc. Class credits expire 5/31/2024. Future classes may be held on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursdays. In the case that the teacher can't make a class due to illness, prior engagement, etc, he will either refund the money for that class, or apply it to a future class.


Evening Classes

Tuesday, November 7th, 2023 @ 8:00 PM EST --  "Columbus Stockade Blues"

Tuesday, November 14th, 2023 @ 8:00 PM EST -- "In Despair"

FREE CLASS Tuesday, November 21st, 2023 @ 8:00 PM EST -- "Little Cabin Home on the Hill" -- Click here to sign up

Tuesday, November 28th, 2023 @ 8:00 PM EST -- "My Walkin Shoes Don't Fit Me Anymore"

Afternoon Classes

Wednesday, November 8th, 2023 @ 2:00 PM EST -- "Columbus Stockade Blues"

Wednesday, November 15th, 2023 @ 2:00 PM EST -- "In Despair"

Wednesday, November 29th, 2023 @ 2:00 PM EST --"My Walkin Shoes Don't Fit Me Anymore"


Evening Classes

Tuesday, December 5th, 2023 @ 8:00 PM EST -- "Gonna Settle Down"

Tuesday, December 12th, 2023 @ 8:00 PM EST -- "Big Spike Hammer"

Tuesday, December 19th, 2023 @ 8:00 PM EST -- "A Hundred Years From Now"

Afternoon Classes

Wednesday, December 6th, 2023 @ 2:00 PM EST -- "Gonna Settle Down"

Wednesday, December 16th, 2023 @ 2:00 PM EST -- "Big Spike Hammer"

Wednesday, December 20th, 2023 @ 2:00 PM EST -- "A Hundred Years From Now"


Evening Classes

Tuesday, January 16th, 2023 @ 8:00 PM EST -- "Banks of the Ohio"

Tuesday, January 23th, 2023 @ 8:00 PM EST -- "I'm On My Way Back to the Old Home"

Tuesday, January 30th, 2023 @ 8:00 PM EST -- "Hold What You Got"

Afternoon Classes

Monday, January 15th, 2023 @ 2:00 PM EST -- "Banks of the Ohio"

Monday, January 22nd, 2023 @ 2:00 PM EST -- "I'm On My Way Back to the Old Home"

Monday, January 29th, 2023 @ 2:00 PM EST -- "Hold What You Got"