Watch the Modern Nashville online guitar lesson by Ladd Smith from Modern Nashville Guitar


"Welcome to Modern Nashville Guitar!

"Just play it for me!" -That's what I would always say when I was a kid and someone was trying to explain a certain song or lick or something musical in words. You may have felt like this a lot of times too, that's one reason I was so excited to work with TrueFire. Not only are they just some of the finest people on the planet (seriously), they really understand how natural learning works with their refined development of this video format. Even in the studio, this is how most of us here in Nashville work. We usually do not talk a lot about what we're going to do on a song as much as we make a basic outline of the keys, time signature, tempo & chord changes in the form of a Nashville Number Chart and we play the work tape for everyone and let everyone get the groove and feel of the song naturally and make notes. Then we may talk about any changes there are or ideas and sounds we may want to try.


Jerry Reed once said "I'm not as much of a 'Guitar Player' as I am a 'Guitar Thinker'." While I'm no Jerry Reed, I do feel the same way about my approach to the instrument, which often times finds me as more of a "Song Writer" rather than only a "Song Player" - To give you an idea of how I think and thereby will probably be communicating throughout the course; you should know that I personally am a Visual/Audial/Kinesthetic learner. In other words, it's much easier for me to get my guitar out, watch, listen and play along in order to learn and internalize the new information. I let my subconcious do all the hard work. It skips a lot of the mental drudgery (for me) of having to read pages of detailed text about notes, chords, scales or theory that I then have to go through the mental process of retranslating back into sounds and muscle-memory on my guitar. Therefore, most of these texts will be brief and will serve as a commentary for whatever points I am going over in that section. If you want to see what equipment (pickups, effects pedals, etc.) that I am using on a particular segment, I will usually include that in the text of the performance of that groove. I may also be tempted to talk in more detail about my musical philosophies, my approach to studio work, other guitarists you need to check out and other tips and tricks I've picked up over the years that I may have forgotten to mention during filming. I sincerely hope that all of this information comes across in a way that's interesting, insightful, humorous & exciting, as well as easy to understand and implement into your playing at home, on stage or in the studio. Thank You for being a part of Modern Nashville Guitar!"