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Explaining The Trailway

The Trail-way is a system that helps you advance your musical skills from beginner level to a more expert level. The Rady Trail allows you to build your skill level incrementally, so that you don't feel overwhelmed or lacking in knowledge as you progress. Advance from beginner to intermediate to expert with a curriculum designed to increase your Guitar and Pedal Steel skills through an extensive repertoire of songs licks, solos, and lessons!

GUITAR

Trailblazer (expert)
- Learn barre-chords, more advanced fingerpicking and flatpicking styles. Increase your  knowledge of chord theory, lead play, and arranging through a more advanced song repertoire.
Journeyman (intermediate)
- Increase your right hand technique with more interesting strumming patterns while developing a song repertoire that include basic scales, arpeggios, alternating bass patterns, and fingerpicking.
Greenhorn (beginner)
- Learn how to strum common open chords, play easy melodies, learn to play basic songs from multiple genres. Develop basic right hand technique and repertoire to get you comfortable with the guitar.

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PEDAL STEEL

Trailblazer (expert)
-Solidify knowledge of the A, B, and C Pedals, as well as all of the knee levers, increase arranging concepts, chord extension concepts, develop more advanced solos, intros, licks.
Journeyman (intermediate)
-Increase your voicing knowledge of major and minor chords, the C pedal function, develop more intermediate solos, intros, and licks, continue to develop right hand techniques.
Greenhorn (beginner)
Learn your basic grips and right hand technique. The A and B pedal, major and minor chords, the open and closed major scale through a repertoire of basic solos, intros, and licks.

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Testimonials

Amanda Hamm, Denver, CO
"I have been looking for years for a teacher like this! His patience and humor carried me through the times when I usually got frustrated and would stop my guitar practice. Jeff's fine balance of fun and focus kept me looking forward to my lessons!"

Josh Fly, Denver, CO
"I tried a few other instructors first, but once I took a class with Jeff there was no going back. His classes are fun, challenging, and always rocking. Playing guitar alongside him each week is a pleasure, and inspires you to be better by the next time you see him. He'll take you to Narnia and back again safely, just keep your hands and feet inside the orb at all times."

Annie Parsons, Montrose, CO
"Music should be fun, and Jeff makes it that way."

Who is
Jeff Rady?

Jeff Rady - Photo
Hi Everyone, I"m Jeff Rady, I'm a guitarist and a pedal steel player in Denver, Colorado, my hometown. I have a degree in Professional Music from the Berklee College of Music in Boston and have been playing guitar for 18 years! I'm interested in all kinds of American roots music from folk and country to blues and rock and roll. This website serves not only as a teaching platform but as a tribute to my devotion to music in general. I've designed this website mainly for the very beginner player to advance to a more expert level. This journey takes a lot of patience and lots and lots of time, but it can be a really enjoyable one if you stick with it!. I hope you enjoy this site and your instrument of choice, with me as your guide!
Sincerely, Jeff Rady

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Lots Of Site Improvements And Many New Guitar And Pedal Steel Tutorials!!!
11/03/2016

Hard at Work With Site Upgrades at Rady Guide HQ:

New Search Bar and Newest Videos Option: I wanted to let you know we’ve been hard at work at Rady Guide HQ. We had some quality feedback on how it was hard to find songs on the site now that there is so much material. We’ve created a Search Bar on the home page that will take you to your desired song, artist or lesson within seriously less than a second. Quite possibly the fastest “Search Bar” in American guitar website history.

We’ve also made it possible to click on all the titles in the “Newest Lessons and Videos” list on the home page, as well as the list of the “Most Popular Videos and Lessons”. Clicking on a title will take you to where the videos are located within the site’s database so you can consume all digital media immediately!

New Comments Section: Finally, we’ve made it so that you can comment on videos in case you want feedback, need to clarify questions, or have other helpful observations. The new comments section also gives you the ability to upload your own youtube video of yourself playing the song so that members or myself can help give you critiques or suggestions. Or you can just use the comments section to give pithy observations on my hairstyle and hilarious jokes or share Eastern European goulash recipes. I mean, I don’t care, just be cool and don’t be cruel or mean, and for the love of god please don’t spam it with Vietnamese energy drink advertisements and cat pictures.

If you would like to comment you need to be a paid member. I hate to do that, but next thing you know if I don’t, I have Russian KGB infiltrating my site and spamming the comments with Vietnamese energy drink advertisements, and hilarious pictures of cats hanging from trees. So, forgive.

New Guitar Tutorials!

Traveller by Chris Stapleton (Finger-style) – This is a classic, from Mr. Stapleton’s huge debut solo album. This features some challenging syncopated rhythms and some nice Bm7 and Em9 chord voicings.

Little Red Rooster by Howlin’ Wolf  (Slide)- This is a great one for approaching the open G tuning. With some simple slide licks across a more or less 12 bar blues. 

Gimme Shelter by the Rolling Stones (Rock and Roll)- Another Stones’ hit featuring Keith Richards innovate guitar work within the open G tuning. This one features all of the rhythm parts plus the intro which uses a particular right hand finger-style which involves holding your pick between your strumming hand’s index and middle fingers. 

What is and What Should Never Be by Led Zeppelin (Rock and Roll) – Time to get the led out with this timeless masterpiece featuring the A13 and E9 chord plus the heavy hitting chorus and intro featuring some cool two string riffs and barre chords, plus some cool rhythmic stuff.

Say It Ain’t So by Weezer (Rock and Roll)- An acoustic arrangement that gives some insight onto some Jimi Hendrix like riffs featuring barre chords and some double stop melodies.

Jesus, etc. by Wilco (Trailblazer)– An indie rock classic, this song almost has a “hipster-bossa-nova” like feel to it, this is great one to try out at the campfire, neighborhood wine and cheese party, or high school wrestling match?

New Pedal Steel Tutorials!

100 Years From Now Background/Pads by Sneaky Pete (Journeyman)– This one is a great example of Sneaky’s steel work with some crazy licks using 6th intevals over the V chord, plus some super cool psychedelic licks over a long chord progression. I transcribed this off of the Burrito Bros, “Authorized Bootleg” record, in which Sneaky is turned way up and is totally in his element.

You’re Running Wild Solo By Sonny Garrish (Trailblazer)- This was kind of an out of left field request. This version is sung by Nicollette Larsen and Linda Ronstandt. Nicollete Larsen was probably best known for the adult contemporary hit of “Lotta Love” in the 70’s. Anyway she knocks it out of the park, so does Sonny with one of the most astounding V chord licks I’ve ever heard in my life, I’m serious! So awesome that I’ve dubbed his lick, “The Swedish Massage”

Killin Time Verse Pads by Jeff Petersen (Journeyman)- Another nice, not too challenging example of some nice country licks over some 1-4-5 chords in the key of G. These feature some cool chromaticisms  and fun two note harmony licks. 

Killin Time Chorus Pads by Jeff Petersen (Journeyman)- This lesson features a great harmonized lick you can use in any major chord closed position!

I hope you get to chance to check out all the new rad features and tutorials! 

Thanks for your support!

Jeff






New Guitar Tutorials On Songs By Guy Clark, The Replacements, And Amos Lee!
09/14/2016
Hey All,

I wanted to let you know we’re ramping up production once again after a little bit of R&R and a nice summer break. We’ve got some nice tutorials from a variety of different singer-songwriter’s. Here’s a breakdown of this month’s tutorials:

Guy Clark’s “L.A Freeway.”- This is a great one for getting a classic finger picking melody under your fingertips, making use of some subtle yet tricky rhythms, and getting a handle on the D7/F# chord. It’s a songwriter’s classic, a great one to have in your repertoire for all you hardcore troubadours. (Finger-Style)

The Replacements/Paul Westerberg’s, “Left of The Dial.”– This is an open G tuned song that I arranged for acoustic guitar. It gives a lot of great insight into the beauty of open tuning and how it can really create more complexity of simple chord voicing’s without having to do too many left hand acrobatics.

Amos Lee’s, “Windows Are Rolled Down.”- We’ve got a more modern jam, utilizing a simple but effective melody that is played continuously over a G chord, this song kind of harkens back to John Hartford’s “Gentle on My Mind” but with a 6/8 strum pattern.

Otherwise, I’m going to keep working on and releasing more tutorials this month. I’ll be working on some more Townes, some Bowie, and some John Prine. Stay tuned!

Thanks for your support!

Jeff Rady
From Jethro Tull To Jason Isbell, New Songs!
09/14/2016
We’ve added all kinds of great songs to our Guitar Section this week! From Greenhorn to Trailblazer we’ve got something for everybody. Let’s take a look at what we’ve got!

24 Frames by Jason Isbell: Great for working on your transitions from a four finger G to a Cadd9 and Em7, a very common chord progression found in many songs from the 80’s, 90’s, and 00’s. (Greenhorn)

Can’t Hardly Wait by Paul Westerberg: We’ve used the Justin Townes Earle arrangement for this classic alt. country staple. In this lesson I show you how to use an Easy Bm for us Greenhorns who aren’t quite ready for Barre Chords (Greenhorn)

Somebody To Shove by Soul Asylum: Another 90’s classic, showcasing how much one can get out of power chords while palm muting and accenting certain eighth notes. (Journeyman)

Give Me One Reason by Tracy Chapman: This is a perfect song for working on our barre chords and getting a grasp on some of those hard to grasp syncopated rhythms. (Tralblazer)

Teacher by Jethro Tull: A great acoustic arrangement featuring multiple guitar parts, power chords, syncopated rhythms, and pentatonic licks! (Rock and Roll)

A note about requests: Thank you all very much for requesting such awesome tunes. Right now I’ve got a list of about 50 requests. Which is a lot of tunes! I can’t promise I will get to them all, but I will try. I’m currently working on transcribing more songs from Townes Van Zandt’s “Live at the Old Quarter” album. I hope to have these ready by late summer.

Thanks for your support!

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