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The Art of Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar with Chris Jones

Chris Jones , Dan Huckabee  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chris Jones
  • Directors: Dan Huckabee
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Digital Sound, Dolby, Full Screen, Original recording remastered, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Musicians Workshop
  • DVD Release Date: July 17, 2002
  • Run Time: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006FDQW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #311,258 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Tony Rice once said that "PLAYING RHYTHM IS AS CHALLENGING AS PLAYING LEAD" REFINE YOUR BLUEGRASS RHYTHM PLAYING SKILLS! Learn the style, fanciness, smoothness, comfort, finess, power, dynamics & subtle details that will make you sound slick! Learn the essential fundamentals of solid bluegrass rhythm, then transform these basics into "THE ART OF RHYTHM." That's what Chris Jones does in this long-awaited course, & he is uniquely qualified to teach this subject. Chris has provided great rhythm as a sideman for bluegrass bands from all across the stylistic spectrum, from Dave Evans & Riverbend, Weary Hearts, & Special Consensus, to the Lynn Morris Band & the Vassar Clements Band. Now, as a band leader, he has synthesized all he's learned from this rich musical background into his own style which combines traditional & contemporary feels, using both power & sensitivity to provide the backing that perfectly fits each particular song. Chris gives insight into the styles of masters like Jimmy Martin, Lester Flatt & Tony Rice, & gives you his own perspective that has made him a sought-after rhythm guitar instructor at workshops & bluegrass camps throughout North America. Chris takes you from basic right hand fundamentals, tone, & timing, to bass runs, the G-run, & strum & chord voicing variations that give you the tools to master the most underrated skill in bluegrass music: The Art Of Bluegrass Rhythm. Also includes: Dynamics, solving speed problems, rhythm patterns & combinations, slow song approach to rhythm, waltz time approach, capo purposes, the illusive "rest stroke", alternating bass notes, bouncy rhythm, straight 8's feel (country feel), swing rhythm strumming technique, 7th chord concepts, 3-note bass chords in Bluegrass rhythm, bass hammer-ons, punchy beginnings, dressed up endings, & much more. (80 min)

From the Contributor

Chris Jones leads his own band, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, tours world-wide with his band, & has released 3 CDs. His latest release " Just A Drifter" features Tom T. Hall singing a duet with Chris on "The Man on the Side of the Road" & its moving into the top 10 in the Bluegrass charts. In addition to his soulful lead singing & songwriting, Chris's guitar work has led to a number of positions as a sideman in both bluegrass & country music, including stints with Vassar Clements, The McCarters, The Lynn Morris Band, Weary Hearts, & Special Consensus, among others. As a teacher, Chris has been chosen as an instructor by most of the major workshops & bluegrass camps in the U.S. & Canada, including the "Augusta Heritage Center" & "Nashcamp." He is also a featured columnist for "Flatpicking Guitar Magazine", & has released 3 audio courses: "The Bluegrass Wordbook", "The Bluegrass Songbook", & "Designing Guitar Solos For Bluegrass Songs" as well as 4 video guitar lessons!

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Art of Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar May 13, 2004
Chris Jones does a great job of demonstrating proper rhythm guitar technique. In addition to rhythm, he gives examples of bass runs which are executed slowly at first, then at tempo, making them easily learned by most beginners. Overall, the material is well done, great lighting, closeups,etc. This coupled with Chris'articulate presentational skills makes for an enjoyable and informative instructional session. My only criticism, more left hand shots showing the chord forms that accompany the strumming patterns.
Chris Jones deserves a hardy round of applause for producing this fine instructional dvd.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great video on bluegrass ryhthm guitar March 15, 2014
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I thought Chris Jones does a great job with getting his point across. He's very clear and concise with his instructions. He gives a lot of good info with this dvd. I'd say it's good for an intermediate beginner.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent June 5, 2010
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One the best bluegrass videos around!

Excellent teaching. A bonus is the wonderful singing that accompanies the lessons.

It is a very entertaining video and covers several levels.

Highly recommended.
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