Bradley Laird's Student Newsletter
March 2017

Bluegrass festival season is fast approaching and there is no better time than right now to get your chops in shape so you can have more success at the jam sessions.

Here are 3 ideas that will make jamming more fun:

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1. Listen to the podcast.

Why waste time during your commute listening to mindless "morning radio" chatter? Make use of that time listening to episodes of my podcast just for folks who play bluegrass... and anyone who is learning.

Don't be fooled
by the show logo! It's not just for mandolin players. It's for all bluegrass pickers!

The podcast is available free at and also on Podbean, Stitcher and iTunes.

Click for list of all episodes
Jam Session Survival eBook

2. No more wrong chords!

This can help you or the struggling newbie who keeps flamming away on all of those wrong chords! For a newcomer to bluegrass jamming this can make the difference between total frustration or making some real music.

Useful for banjo, mandolin, guitar, bass, dobro... any instrument which plays chords! (Fiddles, not so much since they generally do not play chords.)

This might be the best 5 bucks you ever spent. Scope out a free preview or pick up my downloadable PDF eBook here:

Get the eBook
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3. Puzzled by capos?

Capos are most often used on banjo and guitar to make playing in different keys easier. Their use also keeps that "bluegrass sound" with all those ringing open strings.

Here's an article I wrote which explains their usage in plain language. (Picture by Anil Öztas)

How To Use a Capo Article

Happy to help.

If you ever have a question regarding my instructional materials I am happy to assist. The best way to contact me is via email. Just go to and click the "contact" link at the top of the page.

Thanks for reading and happy picking!
Bradley Laird

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