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
Learn Grateful Dead Classics for Acoustic Guitar is an easy-to-follow video series teaches arrangements of classic 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.
- Friend of the Devil
- Black Peter
- Brokedown Palace
- Fire on the Mountain
- New Speedway Boogie
- Stella Blue
- Uncle John’s Band
- Touch of Grey
- Casey Jones
- Eyes of the World
- Bird Song
- The Music Never Stopped
Single-song video lessons
Available only from Homespun.
Learn more about JPR's acoustic Grateful Dead tribute show Dead to the Core.
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
New Speedway Boogie
Grateful Dead Guitar Video Vol. 1 Sampler
Boston Globe interview
Grateful Dead Guitar Video Vol. 2 Sampler
Watch a video of the JPR Band performing “Uncle John’s Band.”