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Minor Blues Progressions Pt. 2

In this masterclass, Guthrie Trapp delivers an engaging and educational session on guitar playing techniques, focusing on blues and fingerpicking styles. Filmed in East Nashville, Tennessee, Guthrie begins by showcasing a Dano caster guitar, sharing its backstory and how it came to be in his possession. He humorously recounts tales of past guitars and the unique "pizza stain" on his current guitar's case. Guthrie emphasizes the importance of engaging with the guitar beyond just technical skills, hinting at an approach that combines mechanics with musicality.

Throughout the video, Guthrie delves into the intricacies of guitar playing, highlighting the significance of the Cage system for mastering the fretboard. He explains various chord shapes, arpeggios, and scales, demonstrating how these elements interconnect to create a rich musical tapestry. Guthrie stresses the importance of understanding and hearing the music you want to play, suggesting that the ability to internalize music is crucial for growth as a guitarist. He also touches upon his personal journey and how his upbringing in a musically rich environment shaped his approach to guitar playing.

Guthrie's masterclass is not just about playing the guitar but also about the lifestyle and mindset that accompany being a musician. He shares anecdotes from his life, offering insights into the broader world of music beyond just guitar techniques. Towards the end, Guthrie encourages feedback and interaction, expressing a desire for a more collaborative and conversational teaching format in the future. This masterclass serves as a comprehensive guide for guitarists looking to deepen their understanding of the instrument and find their unique voice in the vast world of music.

Transcript Summary

  • Introduction (00:00:06 - 00:01:01)
    • Guthrie introduces the stream from East Nashville, Tennessee.
    • Shares anecdote about his guitar from Uncle Larry and its unique pizza stain.
    • Engages the audience for a relaxed and interactive session.
  • Getting Engaged with the Audience (00:01:01 - 00:02:00)
    • Guthrie expresses his intention to interact with viewers rather than focusing on guitar mechanics.
    • Shares a humorous take on personal life and engagement with the audience.
    • Starts a dialog in the comment section and greets viewers from different time zones.
  • Minor Blues Insight (00:03:20 - 00:03:25)
    • Introduces a minor blues concept focusing on a particular note to enhance playing.
    • Explains the impact of playing a specific note over the five chords.
    • Touches on the theory behind minor to the five dominant seven transitions.
  • Personal Anecdotes and Musical Journey (00:05:54 - 00:08:08)
    • Shares stories about growing up on the Gulf Coast and early musical influences.
    • Discusses his family's musical background and personal musical journey.
    • Mentions working with musical idols and the influence of songwriters like John Prine and Bob Dylan.
  • On Learning and Practicing Guitar (00:16:35 - 00:18:35)
    • Emphasizes the importance of early musical exposure and developing an ear for music.
    • Discusses personal practice habits and the balance between practicing and living life.
    • Encourages engaging with high-quality music and art for inspiration.
  • Music Theory vs. Practical Playing (00:24:35 - 00:26:25)
    • Downplays the importance of complex music theory in favor of learning by listening and playing.
    • Advocates for understanding music through practical application rather than theoretical knowledge.
    • Shares personal views on music education and its impact on musicianship.
  • Closing Thoughts and Goodbyes (04:54:45 - 04:57:45)
    • Summarizes the session's key points and expresses gratitude to the viewers.
    • Shares plans for upcoming content and encourages feedback.
    • Closes the session with well wishes and an anticipation for future interactions.

These are the people out there doing it each and every night, at the very highest level.  To say Guthrie Trapp is one of the best guitarists alive doesn’t even begin to set the stage.  A true, old school, take it or leave it head cutter, Guthrie is no BS.

Guthrie is going to cut through all the fluff and show you the stuff that really works in the music world - the stuff that he uses day in and day out on the heaviest gigs - with the heaviest players - in the world.

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