Flatpicking Bluegrass Guitar

A guide to instruction material and songbooks for the bluegrass guitar player
 (reprint of an article by Henning Petersen in Bluegrass Unlimited - october 1989)
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         

 

 

 

Flatpicking Bluegrass Guitar 

 

A guide to instruction
material and songbooks
for the bluegrass guitar
player 

 

 By Henning Petersen 

Instruction books, tapes and tablature collections have become a very important tool for many bluegrass musicians and for picker’s, like myself, who lives far away from the Appalachians and bluegrass country and where it’s rare to watch a live bluegrass performance and get ideas from other bluegrass musicians, they add a great supplement to learning things ”off the record”. A lot of material has been published over the years and has been of great value to many of us.
        When my interest in bluegrass music, and especially bluegrass guitar playing, started in the early ’70, there was not much material available. But then in 1974, Happy Traum came with his Bluegrass Guitar, Pete Wernick with Bluegrass Banjo, Jack Tottle with Bluegrass Mandolin and Gene Lowinger with Bluegrass Fiddle – it was like starting an avalanche. Today there is plenty of material available for all bluegrass instruments – books, cassettes, records and videos.
        As a bluegrass guitar player I have tried to follow the material published for bluegrass or flatpicking guitar and I have today a fine collection of books, tapes and records including some fine older methods for country guitar – for example a method by Doc Williams, published for the first time back in 1943 and E-Z Method Of Spanish Guitar by Hank Snow published in 1958, both originally released with a long playing record with examples from the book.
        In the following is a listing of material available for the bluegrass guitar player. Most of the material is still available, though some of it is hard to find today. The listing is in alphabetical order by author, then follows the title of the publication, number of pages, publisher’s name and the year published (if known), and a few comments are added now and then. My intentions are not to give a review of the publications, but to give the bluegrass guitar player a view of material available.  

 

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Flatpicking Bluegrass Guitar
32 pp.
Charles Hansen-1978

 Anderson, Charle
Bluegrass Guitar Method
32 pp.
Charles Anderson-1978

 Anderson, Charles
Flatpicking Guitar Fiddle Tunes
32 pp.
Charles Anderson-1981

 Anderson, Don
Monster Chops-Exploring The Use Of Open Notes In The Upper Positions
50 pp. + cassette
Don Anderson-River Town Studio-1981

 Arnold, Jay & Jeff Yates
Roy Clark's Case Mate For Bluegrass Guitar, vol. 1, 2 and 3
32 pp.

 Bailey, Mike
Flatpicking Guitar Songbook
112 pp.
Mel Bay-1980

 Ball, George
Baxter's Flatpicking Manual
50 pp.
Amsco-1967

 Barenberg, Russ
Bluegrass Guitar
22 pp. + 1 LP
Music Minus One-1974

 Barenberg, Russ
Teach Yourself Bluegrass Guitar
64 pp.
Amsco-1978

 Barenberg, Russ
Clarence White Guitar
72 pp.
Oak-1978

 Barenberg, Russ
How To Play Bluegrass Guitar
64 pp.
Acorn-1977

 Barenberg, Russ
Exploring The Fingerboard
Tablatures + 6 casettes
Homespun Tapes

 Barenberg, Russ
Advanced Flatpick Guitar
Tablatures + 6 cassettes
Homepsun Tapes-1978

 Barenberg, Russ
20 Bluegrass Guitar Solos
20 pp. + 1 cassette
Homespun Tapes-1987

 Barenberg Russ
20 Fiddle Tunes For Guitar
20 pp. + 1 cassette
Homespun Tapes-1987

 Baxter, Bob
Baxter's Guitar Workshop
146 pp. flat/fingerpicking
Amsco-1974

 Block, Ron
The Traditional Guitar Workbook
85 pp.
Ron Block-1986

 Bowlin, Robert
Twin Guitar Workshop
Tab-book + 1 LP
Workshop Records

 Brody, David
The Guitar Pickers Fake Book
191 pp.
Oak-1984

 Bredenberg & Cicchetti
Oldtime Country Guitar
78 pp. + 1 soundsheet
Oak-1976

 Carr, Joe
Flat Pick Guitar
Tablature + 6 cassettes
Ridge Runner-1983

 Casey, Bert
Flatpicking Guitar Songs
50 pp. + 1 cassette
Bluegrass Learning Systems-1984

 Crary, Dan
Flatpicking Fiddle Tunes
Tablature + 6 cassettes
Homespun Tapes-1980

 Crary, "Deacon" Dan
Flatpickin' Guitar Technique
62 pp. + 1 cassette
Experience-1974

 Crary, Dan
Flatpicking Repertoire
16 pp. + 1 cassette
Homespun Tapes-1984

 Crary, Dan
The Flatpickers Guide
110 pp. + 1 cassette
Centersteam Publishing-1986

 Dobbs, Keith
Contemporary Flatpicking Guitar
32 pp.
Mel Bay-1983

 Davis, Brad
Modern Bluegrass Guitar
Tablatures + 1 cassette
Ridge Runner-1983

 Davis, Brad
Tony Rice Style Guitar
32 pp. + 1 cassette
Workshop Records-1984

 Davis, Brad
Improvising Bluegrass Guitar
10 pp. + 1 cassette
Workshop Records-1984

 Feldmann, Peter
How To Play Carter-Style Guitar
14 pp. + 1 LP
Sonyatone-1976

 Fegy, Dick
Flatpicking Fiddle Tunes To Swing
Tablatures + 6 cassettes
Stefan Grossmans Guitar Workshop

 Flint, Tommy
Country Guitar Pickin'
32 pp.
Mel Bay-1972

 Flint, Tommy
Learn To Play Bluegrass Guitar
40 pp.
Mel Bay-1978

 Flint, Tommy
Authentic Bluegrass Guitar
32 pp.
Mel Bay-1972

 Flint, Tommy
Dueling Guitars
32 pp.
Mel Bay-1973

 Flint, Tommy
EZ-Way Bluegrass Guitar Solos
24 pp.
Mel Bay-1978

 Flint, Tommy
Flatpickin' Guitar Styles
32 pp.
Mel Bay-1973

 Flint, Tommy
100 EZ-Way Flatpicking Guitar Solos
96 pp.
Mel Bay-1979

 Freshman, Ron
Bluegrass Guitar Solos
48 pp.
Ernie Ball-1980

 Gelo, Dan
MB Fiddle Tunes & Irish Music For Guitar
134 pp. + cassette
Mel Bay

 Granger, Adam
Granger's 500 Fiddle Tunes For Guitar
152 pp. + 3 cassettes
Granger Publications-1981

 Granger, Adam & Dudley Murphy
Twin Picking
36 pp. + 1 LP
Ridge Runner-1979

 Griffin, Neil & Steve
Bluegrass/Flatpicking Guitar Method
104 pp.
Mel Bay-1979

 Henry, Murphy
The Murphy Method For Guitar-Fiddle Tunes For Guitar
Cassette/by ear method
Murphy Method For Guitar-1987

 Huckabee, Dan
Bluegrass Guitar, Vol 1-4
Tablatures and cassettes
Workshop Records

 Huckabee, Dan
Bluegrass Guitar Video Lesson
90 minutes video
Workshop Records-1987

 Holcomb, Dave
16 Flatpick Pieces
Tablatures + cassettes
Dave Holcomb

 Holcomb, Eric
Bluegrass Banjo & Guitar Styles
33 pp. standard notation
Charles Hansen-1974

 Johnson, Sara & Maynard
Backporch Flatpicking For Mandolin & Guitar
88 pp.
Saginaw River Music-1977

 Jones, Chris
Designing Guitar Solos For Bluegrass Guitar
22 pp. + 2 cassettes
Workshop Records-1986

 Knopf, Bill
Bluegrass/Country Songbook For Guitar
64 pp.
Hal Leonard-1982

 Lieberson, Richard
Old-Time Fiddle Tunes For Guitar
128 pp.
Amsco-1974

 Pearse, John
The John Pearse Flatpicking Guitar Method
24 pp.
Feldman-1967

 Petersen, Henning
Bluegrass Guitar Solos As Played By George Shuffler & Charlie Waller
16 pp.
Henning Petersen-1980

 Petersen, Henning
Bluegrass Guitar Solos As Played By Tony Rice
16 pp.
Henning Petersen-1984

 Rice, Tony
New Acoustic Guitar
Tablatures + 6 cassettes
Homespun Tapes-1983

 Rice, Tony
Tony's Choice - kick-offs, licks and solos
12 pp. + 1 cassette
Homespun Tapes-1985

 Rice, Tony
An Intimate Guitar Lesson With Tony Rice
10 pp. + 60 minutes videotape
Homespun Tapes-1984

 Richardson, Peter A.
Bluegrass Guitar Grammar
16 pp.
Academy Of Bluegrass-1965

 Roth, Arlen
Nashville Guitar
144 pp. + soundsheet
Oak-1977

 Seguret, Christian
Bluegrass Guitare
Tablatures + 5 cassettes
Bluegrass Tapes/France-1983

 Schmid, Will
Guitar Bluegrass Method
48 pp.
Hal Leonard-1981

 Silverman, Jerry
The Flatpicker's Guitar Guide
96 pp. + 1 LP
Oak-1964, LP-1966

 Sokolow, Fred
The Complete Country Guitar Book
96 pp. + 1 cassette
Mel Bay-1983

 Sokolow, Fred
Gospel Guitar
92 pp. / flatpicking and fingerpicking
Centerstream/Hal Leonard-1985

 Solomon, Barry
Bluegrass Jazz Guitar
Tablatures + 6 cassettes
Stefan Grossmans Guitar Workshop

 Solomon, Barry
Bluegrass Rhythm Progressions++Er++Cize
Book  and cassette + supplement book
Barry Solomon-1988

 Star, Orrin
Hot Lick's For Bluegrass Guitar
174 pp. + soundsheet and cassette (Homespun Tapes)
Oak-1985

 Streeter, Harold
Flatpicking & Fingerpicking Tunes
30 pp. + 1 cassette
LeWalt Publishing-1976

 

 Tainaka, Jerry
Bluegrass Guitar Method
96 pp.
Tainaka/Japan 1973/1974

 Thompson, Eric
Bluegrass Guitar
54 pp. + 1 LP
Kicking Mule-1979

 Thompson, Eric
Flatpicking: Hot Licks & Horse Sense
Tablatures + 6 cassettes
Stefan Grossmans Guitar Workshop-1980

 Thompson, Eric
Ten Fiddle Tunes For Guitar
Tablature + 1 cassette
Eric Thompson

 Tottle, Jack
Guitar From The Beginning
Video
Guitar Video Johnson City, TN-1978

 Traum, Artie
Hot Guitar Licks
Tablatures + 6 cassettes
Homepsun Tapes-1981

 Traum, Happy
Bluegrass Picture Chords
32 pp.
Amsco-1978

 Traum, Happy
Bluegrass Guitar
128 pp. + soundsheet
Oak-1974

 Traum, Happy
Flat-Pick Country Guitar
112 pp.
Oak-1973

 Traum, Happy
Flatpick Country Guitar
Tablatures + 6 cassettes
Homespun Tapes

 Traum, Happy
Learning To Flatpick
60 minutes video
Homespun Tapes

 Watson, Doc & Ralph Rinzler
The Songs Of Doc Watson
128 pp.
Oak-1971

 Watson, Doc & Merle
Merle Watson Country Guitar Style
Tablature + 3 cassettes
Homespun Tapes-1973

 Weiss, Danny
20 Fiddle Tunes For Guitar
24 pp.
Danny Weiss

 Weiss, Danny
Late To work Tablature from Skylines "Late To Work" LP
35 pp. + cassette
Danny Weiss

 Weissman, Dick
Bluegrass Guitar For Beginners
48 pp.

 Yearwood, Howard
The Bluegrass Guitar Player's Song Book
68 pp.
Charles Ryckman Music-1979

 Yearwood, Howard
Bluegrass Festival Guitar Songbook
27 pp. + 2 cassettes
Salt Water City Express-1988

 Yearwood, Howard
Flatpickers Repertoire, Vol. 1-3
Tab-book and cassettes
Salt Water City Express-1988

 Unknown
Flatpicking Guitar Festival
6 pp. + 1 LP
Kicking Mule-1976

 Unknown
Flatpicking Guitar, Vol. 2
46 pp. + 1 LP
Kicking Mule-1981

 Unknown
Tony Rice Guitar-all solos from Tony Rice's King Bluegrass 529 (Rebel 1582) LP
Off The Record Music Publications

 Unknown
Rattlesnake-all the solos from Tony Rice's Rounder 0085 LP
Off The Record Music Publications

 Unknown
Tablatures from Tony Rice's "Guitar", "Rattlesnake" and "Manzanita" LP's
70 pp.
Bluegrass Learning Systems

 Unknown
All The Solos From Mark O'Connor's "Markology" album
Off The Record Music Publications