Explaining The TrailwayThe 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!
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Ed Hawkes, Denver, CO
"Jeff is patient in his instruction style while still getting his musical points made and understood. He also provides good mix of guitar styles and songs which helped me to expand my musical experience."
Todd Whalen, Denver, CO
"Jeff's the best! He meets you at your level and patiently brings you along til the light turns on and the fingers find the right progression. Jeff is a lot fun to learn with and he has light a hearted approach... yet he keeps you progressing. I'll give him full credit next time I'm rocking it at Red Rocks."
Annie Parsons, Montrose, CO
"Music should be fun, and Jeff makes it that way."
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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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.
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:
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
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
representation of how Greg keeps things a little more atmospheric and
not always playing a lick over the chord changes and especially
from the 5 chord, Greg shows us how to achieve this affect. A good
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
in The Unknown” This is also a very pedal steel heavy album
it being featured on every song on the album. This is a much more
singer/songwriter type album, in the vein of alt. country classic
Ryan Adams earlier work with The Cardinals. I hope you’ll check it
Finally, I will be headed to the Dallas Steel show
week! I’ve never been to any steel shows outside of Denver and I’m
to go to one of the biggest of the year. I hope to see you there!