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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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Hit The Trail: Choose your instrument - Pedal Steel or Guitar

Testimonials

Ed Wiese, Denver, CO
"Jeff makes everything fun. I learned more from him in one class than I learned on my own in decades. He's always positive and encouraging.  I recommend him to everybody."

Jessica Vastiola, Lakewood, CO
"The first time I met Jeff was the first time I ever picked up a guitar. Jeff's relaxed and fun teaching style made me forget that I had no idea what I was doing! And more importantly I was having such a great time that I wasn't focused on being frustrated with something that I'm not familiar with. Jeff's obvious musical talent and knowledge, along with his patience, is amazing. I left my first lesson, and every lesson after, feeling confident and anxious to return."

David Downs, Longmont, CO
"Jeff seems pretty diverse in what he is able to teach.  He creates an atmosphere in which you want to push your own personal envelope."

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

Blog

Finger-Stylin' And Power Chordin'
02/17/2016
Hello Fellow Guitarists!

I wanted to say hello and let you know that I've continued to add more to the Guitar side of Rady Guide. This month I have a great arrangement of Van Zandt's "Nothin" off of his Delta Momma Blues album. This one features a nine bar repeating chord progression based off of a nice and bluesy Am finger-style lick. This song's starkness and otherworldly quality is unmatched by even some of Towne's best work and it's a must have for all die-hard Townes' fans.

Also for you Journeyman (intermediate) Finger-Pickers, I added the classic Simon & Garfunkel tune "Homeward Bound." I kept the classic intro and the most crucial chorus elements as close to the original as I could, but, I did take some liberties with streamlining the finger-style patterns to make this one more palatable for the Jouneyman finger-picker. This is a great one for the campfire or hanging out with friends and family.

Finally, I took a look at Mountain's classic "Mississippi Queen" and created a basic acoustic arrangement of the quintessential rhythm part. This is a great one for practicing your power chords and blues licks at the same time. It's also a shining example of how to turn a blues progression into a kick-ass rock song!

I hope you enjoy our latest tutorials, as always, feel free to drop me a line using the contact form on the website. If you are a free member and would like to have access to all  200+ guitar tutorials for 1 month, use Promo Code: GUITARNEWSLETTER to start your Guitar Package subscription with the first month free (cancel anytime). Check out our FAQ section on how to upgrade with a promo code for more info.

See ya online!
Jeff Rady

The Art Of Pick Blocking:
02/05/2016

It's funny when people think of the guitar or the pedal steel, they generally admire the dexterity of the left hand and all that it does. Rarely when first beginning do we think about the importance of the right hand. As we continue our studies with either instrument we often find that the right hand is more important in giving us solid technique and tone. If you think about all the greats a lot of their character and expression came from the right hand. Buddy Charleton with his lightning quick ability to palm block real stacatto. Paul Franklin with his very clean and fast style of pick blocking. On the guitar side, you have Wes Montgomery who created a warm/soft tone only using his thumb, or Mark Knopler with his countrified rock and roll that mixed long legato lines with quick staccato blasts using just his bare fingers. The point is that in all these cases these guys had unique right hand technique all different from each other.

So how do you start developing right hand technique? In my own practice, I watched Jeff Newmans' Speed Picking videos and his unyielding commitment to palm blocking and only using two fingers to pick single note passages. This seemed a little kooky to me as I thought that three fingers seemed more efficient than two and pick blocking rather than palm blocking seemed more natural to me. But, I figured Jeff sure had a lot more experience than I did, so I should try my best to follow his path and see if his way was truly better. So that's what I did, I vowed to only use two fingers and palm block for three months. After three months I tested myself on the same passages using two finger palm blocking vs. three finger pick blocking. I found that not only was three finger pick blocking faster or just as fast, but it was more natural and comfortable for me. That's not to say I didn't learn a lot from taking Jeff Newman's road. From Mr. Newman, I learned that a lot of passages only require two fingers and that a third should be used sparingly. I also learned to quantify and practice my technique consistently thereby instilling it in my muscle memory. My point is that sometimes you have to travel the road that you are not inclined to travel in order to find the road which best suits you. Is my technique the end all be all of right hand techniques? No. But, it is for me.

The fruits of this journey can be found in the new series of pick blocking exercises I've posted in the Greenhorn and Journeyman sections. Exercise 1 and 2 are on three finger pick-blocking, 2 and 4 are focused on two-finger speed picking. They all have accompanying backing tracks that you can download to help you practice I will continue to add more this month! Pick on!!!
Good Band/Ensmeble Etiquoette 101
01/10/2016

1.    Keep your volume rolled off during the Teacher’s demo first 15-20 minutes of class or so

2.    No noodling during demo time, keep all your attention focused on what’s happening up front, this practice of holding your attention will serve you in other areas of being a musician as well as just being an aware human-being in the world.

3.    Point your amp towards your face so that you can hear yourself, that way you don’t have to compensate with volume if pointed outwards.

4.    Turn your volume up during your solos about 15%; go back to your normal volume when done soloing.

5.    Keep your head up as much as you can so you can be aware of what’s happening in the band.

6.    Don’t be afraid to give cues or communicate with your band-mates, they are probably just as lost as you are.

7.    Listen to whomever is soloing and either don’t play or barely play. If you choose to play, make sure what you’re playing is lifting up the soloist and not getting in the way.

8.    You don’t need to always be playing something; it’s okay to be silent for a little while.

9.    Don’t solo over people; if you don’t know that you’re soloing over people refer to rule 5, 7, and 8.

10. Find your role in the band, maybe you are the one who adds ambience, comes up with different arrangement ideas, adds good rhythm guitar, gives cues, sings well, shreds solos, there is a role for everybody, knowing what your role is in a particular situation is a real asset to a band

11. Party on! Have fun!

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