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 Building Bluegrass Guitar Breaks

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 don't know where to start when it comes to making up my own breaks

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.

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.

Price: $30 per class, or $75 for any 3 classes. 


February Classes

Evening Classes

Tuesday, February13th, 2024 @ 8:00 PM EST -- "I am a Pilgrim"

Tuesday, February 20th, 2024 @ 8:00 PM EST -- "Brakeman's Blues"

Tuesday, February 27th, 2024 @ 8:00 PM EST -- "Live and Let Live"


Afternoon Classes

Monday, February 12th, 2024 @ 2:00 PM EST -- "I am a Pilgrim"

Monday, February 19th, 2024 @ 2:00 PM EST -- "Brakeman's Blues"

Monday, February 26th, 2024 @ 2:00 PM EST -- "Live and Let Live"


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 a different day of the week. In the case that the teacher can't make a class due to illness, etc, he will either refund the money for that class, or apply it to a future class.


Note: We will play and learn the songs at a modest tempo, even if they are fast on the recordings. Don't worry too much about the speed of the songs. 


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Songs we've played in previous classes:

Hold What You Got - On My Way Back to the Old Home - Banks of the Ohio - Columbus Stockade Blues - A Hundred Years From Now - Big Spike Hammer - Gonna Settle Down - In Despair - My Walking Shoes Don't Fit Me Anymore - Teardrops in My Eyes - Nine Pound Hammer - Dark Hollow - Blue Night - Colleen Malone - Walk the Way the Wind Blows - Rocky Road Blues - Somehow Tonight - Walls of Time - Dig a Hole in the Meadow - It Takes One to Know One - No Mother or Dad - Blue Virginia Blues - Tennessee 1949 - Deep Elem Blues - These Old Blues - Sunny Side of the Mountain - One Tear - Sweet Blue-Eyed Darlin' - Is it Too Late Now - Way Downtown - Will the Roses Bloom? - White Freightliner Blues - Love Me Darling Just Tonight - Our Loast Goodbye - Think of What You've Done - Dim Lights, Thick Smoke - Love Come Home - Sweetheart, Can't You Hear Me Callin' - Cold Sheets of Rain - Tear My Stillhouse Down - Molly and Tenbrooks