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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

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."

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

More Townes, John Prine, And Some Guitar Solo Techniqes
09/26/2017

Hello Guitarists!

Here are my early fall guitar jams on Rady Guide!

“I’ll Be Here In The Morning” by Townes Van Zandt (Finger-Style): One of his most popular finger-style tunes from the iconic “Kitchen album” this one features a cool quirky intro, some measures of 2/4 to navigate, and a simple way to employ a G/F# in the chorus.

“Hello In There” by John Prine: (Finger-Style): This track has endured as one of John’s most famous and beautifully written tunes. It features a Gmaj7/D used to create a nice ambient effect. Once you learn the intro, the verse is pretty much the same minus a few embellishments. 

“Spanish Pipedream” by John Prine (Greenhorn): A great tune for learning how to do a country/bluegrass alternate bass strum pattern featured in countless songs across the Americana spectrum.

“6 Am Pentatonic Licks” (Trailblazer Lessons):  A lot of beginning soloists ask me how one starts the path to being able to solo fluently. I believe the best way to start soloing is to learn a few licks and begin to phrase them or place them within a 12 bar blues context. This video gives you 6 easy two measure Am Pentatonic licks you can start using to build your solo repertoire.

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Custom Tabs!

Absolutely need to learn a special song, solo, or riff?

If you need a specific tab or video or both that is not on Rady Guide, you can request a custom order from Jeff. On average a custom tab and video takes about 8 hours to complete and costs about $150 in labor. Depending on its potential Rady Guide popularity, we might be able to cut you a deal! Email Jeff@radyguide.com to get a quote.

How Do I Upgrade With A Promo Code?
03/31/2017
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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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