Wayne Erbsen teaches C run for Bluegrass guitar

In Bluegrass, you will often be in the key of G which means you will frequently be changing chords to C.  In this lesson, Wayne teaches you different fingering options for the G chord to help you most efficiently change chords.

To learn more about playing bluegrass guitar, check out Wayne’s guitar instruction book, ‘Flatpicking Guitar for the Complete Ignoramus!

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Native Ground Music

Native Ground Music, founded in 1973, is your comprehensive resource for authentic southern Appalachian music and traditional music of rural America, the Civil War, and the Old West. Our gospel, bluegrass, and old-time folk music collections are unsurpassed, and we have a full catalog of outlaw ballads, cowboy music, pioneer music, Lewis & Clark music, and railroad songs.

INSTRUCTION BOOKS written by author, teacher, and musician Wayne Erbsen teach total and absolute beginners how to play the clawhammer banjo, bluegrass banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar and dulcimer. We also publish a series of best-selling cookbooks

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Bluegrass Music & Old-Time Music: What’s the Difference?

Rural Roots of Bluegrass

Bluegrass music evolved from an earlier type of country music we now call old-time music. As it’s commonly played, old-time music is a mostly instrumental stringband style with a beat that’s designed for square dancing. As such, the music is spirited and upbeat.

The main lead instrument in old-time music is the fiddle. The fiddler normally chooses the tunes, sets the rhythm, begins the tune, and signals to the other musicians when the tune will end. Another key ingredient in old-time music is the banjo, which is played in what is called “clawhammer style.” This is a rhythmic style with

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Native Ground’s Favorite Old-Time and Bluegrass Music Links

Secrets of the Great Old-Timey Cooks

Secrets of the Great Old-Timey Cooks by Barbara Swell

RECIPES INCLUDE: Beverages: Blackberry Cordial, Grape Juice Lemonade, Dandelion Wine, Mulled Cider, Russian Tea, Sadie’s Punch, Soups: Celery Soup, Dried Com Chowder, Fresh Pea Soup, Tomato Bisque: Breads: Biscuits, Fannie’s Graham Bread, Graham Puffs, Gritted Cornbread, Huckleberry Scones, Jam Windmills, Raisin Graham Bread, So. Mt. Cornbread, Sweet Potato Buns, Sweet Potato Dumplings, Meats: Apple Maple Duck, Blackbird Pie, Chicken & Dumplings, Curried Chicken & Rice, Hot Pot, Oyster Loaves, Pork Snow Birds, Roast Beef Pie, Vegetables: Apple Stuffed Pumpkin, Baked Corn in Peppers, Carrot Puffs, Eggs & Baked Tomatoes, Fried Corn, Green Beans, Onions Stuffed, Potato Rissoles, Scalloped Tomatoes, Shuck

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Bluegrass Music in Western North Carolina

Rural Roots of Bluegrass

Western North Carolina has long been fertile ground for the growth of bluegrass music. In fact, no other region or state has contributed so much to its development.

For many people, the appeal of bluegrass music is that it is a relatively new form of music that sounds old. Most scholars agree that bluegrass first gained national attention when Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys appeared on the Grand Ole Opry in 1945. In addition to Bill Monroe himself, this legendary band consisted of Lester Flatt (guitar), Earl Scruggs (banjo), Chubby Wise (fiddle) and Cedric Rainwater (bass). The reason that

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