Watch the Bluegrass Rhythm Evolution online guitar lesson by Stephen Mougin from Bluegrass Rhythm Evolution

Hi, I'm Stephen Mougin and welcome to Bluegrass Rhythm Evolution. There's no "one way" to play bluegrass rhythm guitar. Typical bluegrass rhythm is performed out of a G, C, or D shape, using a capo to access additional keys.

We're going to explore some interesting components in the style of several players. Keep in mind that none of these folks played exactly like this all of the time, or even all of the way through a song. It will be a fun glimpse into their playing and will, hopefully, encourage you to dig deeper.

For each set, I'll first show you the rhythm pattern and how it applies to a common chord progression, and then I'll show you how to apply it to new song. You'll also have each in standard notation and tablature and can loop and slow down any of the tunes and rhythm patterns so you can work through them at your own pace. So, grab your guitar and let's get started.