Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers sure can play the music—listen to his ‘Stella Blue’ and you’ll know what I mean. Better still, he can teach it.
Dennis McNally, author, A Long Strange Trip: The Inside History of the Grateful Dead


Grateful Dead classics for acoustic guitar

This easy-to-follow video series teaches arrangements of classic Grateful Dead songs for acoustic guitar and vocal. Available on DVD or as instant downloads, the videos feature 16 of the Dead’s best songs, with step-by-step instruction and complete guitar tab.

Volume 1
  • Friend of the Devil
  • Black Peter
  • Brokedown Palace
  • Fire on the Mountain
  • New Speedway Boogie
  • Cassidy
  • Stella Blue
Volume 2
  • Uncle John’s Band
  • Touch of Grey
  • Casey Jones
  • Eyes of the World
  • Bird Song
  • Althea
  • The Music Never Stopped

Buy DVDs direct from JPR. Also available from Homespun on DVD or as instant downloads.

Single-song video lessons

Available only from Homespun.

Learn Dead songs firsthand from JPR in these one-day guitar workshops or take a private lesson, in person or online.

Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers plays Jerry Garcia’s Wolf guitar at a Garcia birthday tribute at Club Passim, 2018. Photo by Rich Gastwirt –

Musician/journalist Jeffrey Pepper Rodgers interviewed both Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir in depth about their guitar and songwriting styles, and draws on insights from those conversations to capture the soul of these timeless songs.

Jeffrey shows you not only how to play the chords and create powerful grooves behind your singing, but also how to add cool embellishments, percussive effects, bass lines, and lead breaks inspired by the Dead’s live and studio performances. These arrangements (in standard, dropped-D, and D A D G A D tuning, using flatpick, fingerstyle, and hybrid picking) are specially designed for intermediate players and are packed with accompaniment ideas that you can use in other songs as well.

Read more about Jeffrey’s background with Grateful Dead music, and the experience of playing Garcia’s Wolf guitar as pictured here, in this post.

Grateful Dead video sampler

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Grateful Dead Guitar Video Vol. 1 Sampler

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Grateful Dead Guitar Video Vol. 2 Sampler

Watch a video of the JPR Band performing “Uncle John’s Band.”