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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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Bill Schaefer, Denver, CO
"Jeff's good-natured personality makes it easy to want to learn from him.  Beneath his friendly, witty and humorous outer shell lies a musician with an amazing depth of knowledge who's able to teach in an understandable manner to those of us with varied abilities."

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

Elexis Mariash, Denver, CO
"We've all heard the saying you can't teach an old dog new tricks. Well, in Jeff's case he's figured out a way to do just that. Picking up guitar as an adult can be intimidating and frustrating at times. But, with Jeff's perfect balance of joking encouragement, patience, and steady instruction, I'm amazed at what I've learned in a year. Jeff is an amazing teacher and I'd highly recommend him to anyone wanting to learn how to jam!"

Who is
Jeff Rady?

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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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Pentatonic Scales And Licks + Solos And Backgrounds By Greg Liesz And Eric Heywood
03/08/2017

Hi Friends,

I wanted to touch base and let you know we’ve got some new videos up this month. I had some requests for some Major pentatonic licks and scales as well as some solos and backgrounds by Eric Heywood and Greg Liesz. Here’s what we’ve got:

Major and Minor Pentatonic Scales Video Lesson (Greenhorn Section): This video outlines three positions of the Major Pentatonic Scale and shows that by moving each scale up 3 frets you can get it’s equivalent Minor Pentatonic scale.

 6 Major Pentatonic Licks Video Lesson: (Journeyman Section): This video describes how to play 6 major pentatonic licks in both open and closed position with insight on how to play these licks in any key. MP3 backing track available for download.

 6 Minor Pentatonic Licks Video Lesson (Journeyman Section): This video describes how to play 6 minor pentatonic licks in 3 different positions with insight on how to play these licks in any key. MP3 backing track available for download.

Starlight and Static Solo by Eric Heywood (Greenhorn): Is great for the Greenhorn getting used to playing over minor chords in two different positions. Eric Heywood’s solo in this Jeffrey Foucault song is a good example of what to do over a common singer-songwriter or more folk like progression.

 Leaving Winslow Backgrounds and Pads (Journeyman): A strong representation of how Greg keeps things a little more atmospheric and modal. By not always playing a lick over the chord changes and especially staying away from the 5 chord, Greg shows us how to achieve this affect. A good mixture of padding ideas and simpler Greg Liesz licks.

This January, I released a very Pedal Steel/Telecaster heavy album of mostly originals written by myself and singer Dustin Devine called, “If It’s All A Game” by my band 5 & Dimers, I’m real proud of this album, and hope you’ll check it out on Spotify, ITunes, and CD baby. We’ve gotten some great press and had some wonderful shows that I think will be telling of a great future for this band.

In February, I was part of the release of Patrick Dethlef’s album “Beauty in The Unknown” This is also a very pedal steel heavy album with it being featured on every song on the album. This is a much more ambient, singer/songwriter type album, in the vein of alt. country classic records like Ryan Adams earlier work with The Cardinals. I hope you’ll check it out!

Finally, I will be headed to the Dallas Steel show next week! I’ve never been to any steel shows outside of Denver and I’m super excited to go to one of the biggest of the year. I hope to see you there!

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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

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