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Hot Licks for Bluegrass Guitar

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(Music Sales America). Over 350 authentic bluegrass licks are included in this book, which also discusses how to apply the licks to create your own solos and expand your musical understanding and knowledge of the fingerboard. It features special sections on bluesy licks, trail-offs, playing in closed positions up the neck, crosspicking, floating, double stops, and more. A special celebrity section featuring the licks of Doc Watson, Norman Blake, Dan Crary, Tony Rice and Mark O'Connor is also included.


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This is in my top 3 Bluegrass books for guitar

Bluegrass is a deceptively challenging style of guitar to learn. The chords are simple, the songs are typically uncomplicated, and the lyrics are also likewise unadorned with fancy language. I have a lot of bluegrass "how to" books, and have learned/memorized tabs for fiddle tunes and songs, but none of these books clicked for me to be able to make good sounding leads, let alone innovate them in real time without sounding like "eighth note noodling in a scale". I think for many of us, the number of things vying for our focus/attention during bluegrass soloing is a challenge--and the more things that can be committed to habit the better.Orrin breaks it down and simplifies it so that you have the building blocks to solo effectively (relying on habits developed in the woodshed). I interpret his "not-so-hot" solos that use straight eighth notes as intentionally keeping it simple--encouraging you as the learner to develop your own "voice" with the guitar, whilst remaining true to the timing challenges of connecting phrases and licks together in a musical way. Intellectually, I can understand the circle of fifths, chord tones and passing notes, lead-in notes, etc., but have a hard time putting it to practice. This book provides a structure for practicing these skills in a simplified way in the bluegrass idiom.I think you should probably have a decent habit of alternating pick direction on eighth notes before you tackle this book. It assumes some familiarity with the concepts that are covered in more basic instructional books on flatpicking, so I would firmly place this in the Intermediate category. It is the right kind of challenging and the right kind of rewarding. Like all instructional music books, it benefits from being spiral bound--which most copy stores will do for you for a nominal fee. I'm by all means a perennial beginner/intermediate player--and this book is one of the few that I would undoubtedly replace if it was lost.

by TocaLaGuitarra, May 13, 2020


The Real Deal: If you get just one book, get this one. It's all you'll need for a long time.

Orin Starr is not only a National Flatpick Guitar Champion (Winfield, KS), he's also a fine writer, and he knows how to relate knowledge like this from HIS head to YOURS. If you're an intermediate player and love the challenge of playing this guitar style, get the book and a metronome, and start. Also learn as many fiddle tunes as possible. Some are in here, but the more the better - lots are online, and YouTube lessons teach many more. This book is even put together (bound) well, and won't fall apart. The spine is strong, the pages high quality, the print vivid, and the covers handsome. I wish I'd had this when I began! Get yourself a copy of this good book if you're serious about learning.

by C. Whitaker, February 3, 2020


Best resource to learn professional sounding acoustic bluegrass guitar.

I am playing guitar and singing lead in a bluegrass band and I needed a resource to add licks and some solo transcriptions. I found this book to be a tremendous resource for this. The transcriptions of solos provided are accurate and the licks are not just scale runs but very melodic lines in the style of famous players like Tony Rice, Dan Crary, Mark OConnor and others. The floating section is especially good since it provides many licks in this open string style that brings out the resonant nature of the guitar. I play many styles of guitar professionally and have over 100 lick style books for guitar, violin, piano etc. on jazz, bluegrass, rock etc and this book is one of the very best. If you want the best resource for professional sounding licks you can use on gigs for acoustic guitar to sound like a bluegrass guitarist this is it. Buy it now!

by Steven J. Cortes, January 19, 2020


The Best Bluegrass Guitar Book Ever

If you are looking to up your chops, learn the theory behind the trade, and even hone in on certain artists' contributions to this great genre, this is the book. I've seen a few bluegrass books in my time, but none compare to this. The licks in here are almost, I'm not kidding, like the secret key to bluegrass guitar success you've been looking for. Buy this book, play every lick, mark the ones you like the best, incorporate them into your solos. This is the one, these are the absolute best bluegrass licks out there and it even helps show you how to go from one chord to another.My favourite of all time

by Amazon Customer, January 20, 2020


Overall OK

The book has some good licks but pretty bland in many cases. It is good but takes a lot of work.

by Amazon Customer, August 26, 2021


good stuff

This is by far the "meatiest" of the numerous guitar instruction books I've come across. Tons of licks and material here, and tons of good discussion about putting together bluegrass solos that's quite helpful. The only real downside is that some of the licks in here really aren't all that hot. In fact, i decided to buy the companion CD from the author, to see if I was somehow playing them wrong, and it turned out i wasn't. He even goes so far on the CD to admit that some of the licks aren't that hot - pretty funny. Anyway, I had a bit of a revelation while going through the book - it made me think, "hey, this is all absurd. I can come up with some better licks than this on my own." Since then, I realize that the licks that don't sound so hot still have their value, and it's worthwhile to get a bunch of different licks under your belt if you want to really fluently play bluegrass solos. The point is, this book got me to finally recognize and act on these crucial insights, which no other book did.

by coverto, March 10, 2006



Exactly what I was looking for! A great guide to get you started into Bluegrass!All the songs are on Amazon music, so you can hear how they are played if not familiarwith the tune. Perfect!

by Catman Jim, April 20, 2021


Cant go wrong!

Great book for some really useful essentials.

by chris kingston, January 2, 2020


More than hot licks

This book wasn't what I was expecting... while I was expecting just hot bluegrass licks to throw into some blue grass music, this book gives an entire approach to creating blue grass music. As a simplification, Orrin Star, breaks down blue grass songs to 4 phrases, each phrase of which consists of 16 bars of chords, of particular common blue grass chord patterns. Then Orrin details some note licks for each chord, and explains how to create transition licks for the chord transitions. Using anticipation notes on start of licks, and rests on the end of basic chord licks in Orrin's system there is always "space" to create a transition between any two chords, and their associated licks. Putting it together then one can with then build up a repertoire of these basic core licks (amply supplied by the book to get your started) both chord and transition licks that one can substitute into any song to create a unique interesting solo production. Sort of like lego but with these basic music units. The result is basically a system whereby one could improvise on the fly to create a blue grass song for any set of chord progressions (that occur in blue grass songs), or one could do detailed written composing for polished repeatable performances. The book is centered on key C and G --but of course all the ideas are transposible to other keys if you want. The bulk of the book goes on to refine blue grass ideas, and to give variations on them, with closing licks, opening licks, bluesy licks, etc, and actual song examples to get the real feel of it. The end result is kind of high level fly-over of the bluegrass universe.It appears that the book is trying to work one up to the position where ultimately one can take any bluegrass song, play the melody, add some chord pickings to give a fuller sound, and embed some bluegrass lick progressions to give it a full blue grass type sound. Obviously, this pretty complex, there is a lot to learn, memorizing the 300+ licks in the book, mastering creating or learning basic chord transition licks (60+ or so), knowing when to add chording and how, where to play the raw melody, where to add bluegrass licks to the melody. No two players are likely do it exactly the same, and the potential is there to create one's own unique style - that sounds great.I don't particularly recommend this book for the beginning guitar player, or new to blue grass player -- because I find myself getting discouraged, there is so much to learn, and not so easy to master. On the other hand, for anyone determined enough to really dig in --- the potential from the book seems unlimited. Obviously a really determined beginner (or even advanced bluegrass player) could learn a lot! My honest appraisal is that one would need to study several years of intense effort to fully master all the stuff in this book. Just memorizing all the licks is a monumental undertaking, then mastering how to integrate them all together with chording, melody playing, singing takes one to another level altogether. The weakness of the book is trying to take this stuff and apply it quickly. In theory one should be able to pull out a couple of licks, and their transitions, and get started, but in practice Orrin delivers so much to one so quickly that it is difficult to remember the licks, and to bring them together.The big plus on this book is that Orrin shows you the basics (and not so basic) quickly, the downside is that this isn't a book that takes you step by step through everything until you have mastered it. I've found this a hard book to learn from, but a book that contains a lot of depth. The book's explanations are solid and clear, but mastering everything -- there is the rub! So, probably too hard a book for beginning blue grass player, and if you are advanced, you probably know most of it already, so that if you are intermediate player this book might really click or pick as they say.

by Clifford, September 7, 2012


Need to have this for your collection of music books

Where was this book before? It’s an amazing instructional for aspiring flatpickers.

by Amazon Customer, October 5, 2020



Exactly what i needed

by JBo, September 28, 2019

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