How to play bluegrass guitar for beginners

Billy Strings
Alongside artists such as Molly Tuttle, Billy Strings has helped popularize contemporary bluegrass (Image credit: Tim Mosenfelder/WireImage)

One of America’s oldest forms of music, bluegrass was once derided as Hillbilly car-chase music dominated by rattling banjos and insane acoustic guitar picking. 

However, with the huge popularity of a new generation of artists like Molly Tuttle and Billy Strings, the style has been freshened up and guitarists are discovering how much fun bluegrass can be. With that in mind, it’s time to get you started with some essential bluegrass basics. 

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