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Pickin' Perfection: 7 Must-Know Bluegrass Standards for Flatpick Guitarists


Bluegrass music, with its lively rhythms and soul-stirring melodies, beckons flatpick guitarists to embark on a thrilling musical journey. For those eager to immerse themselves in the heart of bluegrass, mastering the classics is essential. In this article, we've curated seven must-know bluegrass standards that will elevate your flatpicking game and bring the authentic spirit of bluegrass to your fingertips. You can unlock bluegrass guitar lessons on these classic tunes from flatpicking masters Bryan Sutton, Chris Eldridge, and Tyler Grant here at Artistworks.


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"Foggy Mountain Breakdown" by Earl Scruggs:

This instrumental masterpiece by Earl Scruggs is a flatpicking showcase, demanding precision and speed. Its energetic pace captures the essence of bluegrass and challenges flatpickers to reach new heights.


"Bluegrass Stomp" by Bill Monroe:

Bill Monroe's "Bluegrass Stomp" is a classic that embodies the signature sound of bluegrass. Its spirited tempo and intricate flatpicking patterns make it a cornerstone for any aspiring flatpick guitarist.


"Blackberry Blossom" Traditional:

"Blackberry Blossom" is a traditional tune blending Celtic and bluegrass influences. Its intricate melody and dynamic shifts provide an excellent canvas for showcasing your flatpicking dexterity.


"Old Home Place" by J.D. Crowe and The New South:

A bluegrass standard, "Old Home Place" features a compelling combination of driving rhythm and memorable melody. Explore the distinctive licks and phrases that make this song a perennial favorite.


"Billy in the Lowground" Traditional:

A staple in bluegrass jam sessions, "Billy in the Lowground" allows flatpickers to express their creativity. Its catchy melody and room for improvisation make it perfect for honing your flatpicking skills.


"Salt Creek" Traditional:

"Salt Creek" is a flatpicking gem with a toe-tapping melody. As you navigate its twists, you'll encounter challenges that elevate your technique. This standard is a crowd-pleaser at bluegrass gatherings.


"Whiskey Before Breakfast" Traditional:

Closing our list is the spirited "Whiskey Before Breakfast." This flatpicking standard offers a delightful mix of fast-paced picking and melodic variations. Its infectious energy makes it a must-play for captivating any audience.


As you embark on your journey to master these seven bluegrass standards, consider enhancing your learning experience with ArtistWorks’ bluegrass guitar courses taught by master guitarists Bryan Sutton, Chris Eldridge, and Tyler Grant. The ArtistWorks platform offers invaluable insights from renowned artists, providing personalized feedback to help you refine your flatpicking technique.


Whether you're a beginner or an experienced player, ArtistWorks opens a door to a world of expert guidance and collaborative learning. Dive into the rich tapestry of bluegrass through the ArtistWorks acoustic guitar courses taught by Bryan Sutton, Chris Eldridge, and Tyler Grant, and let your flatpicking weave the melodies that define this timeless genre. Happy pickin'!



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