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.
Single-song video lessons
Available only from Homespun.
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
Watch a video of the JPR Band performing “Uncle John’s Band.”