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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!


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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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


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."

Harry Morrow, Denver CO
"Jeff is an energetic and enthusiastic guitar teacher who uses simple but effective techniques to challenge his students He's always encouraging, never demeaning."

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


New Guitar Tutorials On Songs By Guy Clark, The Replacements, And Amos Lee!
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!
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!
Finger-Stylin' And Power Chordin'
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

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