212 episodes

Bradley Laird's GrassTalkRadio is about learning to play bluegrass music. Show notes for each episode are found at: http://www.grasstalkradio.com Whether you have been playing 5 minutes or 5 years we all want to become better players. Bradley will help you stay on the path, avoid discouragement, make real progress and enjoy participation in this game we call bluegrass.

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    • 4.8 • 65 Ratings

Bradley Laird's GrassTalkRadio is about learning to play bluegrass music. Show notes for each episode are found at: http://www.grasstalkradio.com Whether you have been playing 5 minutes or 5 years we all want to become better players. Bradley will help you stay on the path, avoid discouragement, make real progress and enjoy participation in this game we call bluegrass.

    GTR-200 Merry Christmas

    GTR-200 Merry Christmas

    GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 200



     


    Merry Christmas



     


    I just came in the from the yard throwing the baseball back and forth with Jackson and my wife is in the house making Christmas cookies. When I finish this episode I plan to sit down and watch "The Christmas Story" with the family. 


     


    In this episode I talk about creating a digitized version of my Flatiron mandolin and I offer up a couple of examples created by my son. I talk a bit about Doyle Lawson's retirement, jamming with the radio on Christmas songs, and that's about it.


     


    Merry Christmas, folks!



     


    IT IS NOT TOO LATE!!!  All you mandolin players need Jackson's eBook Christmas Songs For Mandolin. You still have plenty of time to learn them before the mistletoe is hanging. Granny don't wanna hear no Salt Creek! She wants Jingle Bells!


    Enjoy the show.


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    If you like my podcast I hope you will keep this show going and growing by joining "the club" over on my Patreon page. Thank you, patrons!



     


    You can also support what I am doing by visiting my online store at http://www.payhip.com/bradleylaird.  I love you all!



     


    My full website is located at http://www.bradleylaird.com. There you will find free lessons, free videos, jam tracks, full descriptions of all of my books, video lessons and courses... plenty to keep you busy.

    • 34 min
    GTR-199 Uncle Rico‘s Time Machine

    GTR-199 Uncle Rico‘s Time Machine

    GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 199



     


    Uncle Rico's Time Machine



     


    Put the handle between your legs. Set the date on the dial. Don't forget to put the crystal in the clamp. Tell Kip to throw the switch. You will be instantly transported to another time and place. In this case, Motorhead's Bar and Grill on a Thursday night in McDonough, Georgia.


    Take notes. This has everything: How to cope with 15 free shots for the band, the buzzing of countless neon lights, screaming adoring fans, smashing beer bottle sounds, the snapping of a "smoke eater" machine, a late fiddle player, a fill in bass player thereby causing us to "wing" all of the harmonies since we are missing our tenor singer. 


    Pay attention to Buddy's guitar playing. Those little mid-range licks put right into the gaps! It is a perfect representation of good bluegrass guitar. David's banjo playing is top notch and different from what you are used to. Mike's fiddle, despite no time to warm up, is truly amazing. Tony's bass playing, even though he is winging it on every tune, proves what a great musician (with "great ears") he truly was. And the tone from my 1985 Carlson Flatiron is better than I have ever heard it. Golden times before everyone lost their minds. Back then, only WE had lost out minds.


    This episode is dedicated to the memory of my good friend and mentor Tony Terrell who taught me so much about piano tuning, rebuilding and introduced me to so much great music. 


    It has a drunk bar owner (the guy with the $300 at the end of the night) hassling us to play Free Bird, our answer, including an "alright, wise guy, I'll show you", cynically wicked slide mandolin solo using a Craftsman deep well socket, multiple "guest slots" from folks in the audience, a tear-jerking version of Dixie, Sally Goodin the old time way... It has it all. And despite all of the very obvious flaws, it is a great gig! And they kept us on for 3 more years! 


    By the way, when I told Harry that we'd play Free Bird in the fourth set, that was a joke. We were only booked for three sets.


     


    Happy Thanksgiving, folks!



     


    And don't forget: Christmas Times a Coming! All you mandolin players need Jackson's eBook Christmas Songs For Mandolin. You still have plenty of time to learn them before the mistletoe is hanging. Granny don't wanna hear no Salt Creek! She wants Jingle Bells!


    Enjoy the show.


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    If you like my podcast I hope you will keep this show going and growing by joining "the club" over on my Patreon page. Thank you, patrons!



     


    You can also support what I am doing by visiting my online store at http://www.payhip.com/bradleylaird.  I love you all!



     


    My full website is located at http://www.bradleylaird.com. There you will find free lessons, free videos, jam tracks, full descriptions of all of my books, video lessons and courses... plenty to keep you busy.

    • 1 hr 19 min
    GTR-198 A Major Award

    GTR-198 A Major Award

    GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 198



     


    A Major Award & The Ed Davis Method



    In this episode I discuss an award my son received for his music composition "Run Away" and how we can learn from that. You can download his award winning composition for free right here in my online store. (In the episode I mistakenly said that his song was on his EP "Beacon". Wrong. It is on "Hands Up". But, it doesn't matter. You can download both EPs for free.



     


    I also talk about a recent gig and something you should check for if your microphones are getting long in the tooth. Then I get to the meat of the episode and explain to you the Ed Davis method of taking music lessons and how it might be something wise for you to try.



     


    I also made quick mention of one of my personally favorite creations for banjo players--The Flint Hill Scrolls eBook. You can get a copy for yourself right here. http://www.bradleylaird.com/dojo/buy-FHS.html


     


    And don't forget: Christmas Times a Coming! All you mandolin players need Jackson's eBook Christmas Songs For Mandolin. You still have plenty of time to learn them before the mistletoe is hanging. Granny don't wanna hear no Salt Creek! She wants Jingle Bells!


    Enjoy the show.


    -------------------------------------


    If you like my podcast I hope you will keep this show going and growing by joining "the club" over on my Patreon page. Thank you, patrons!



     


    You can also support what I am doing by visiting my online store at http://www.payhip.com/bradleylaird.  I love you all!



     


    My full website is located at http://www.bradleylaird.com. There you will find free lessons, free videos, jam tracks, full descriptions of all of my books, video lessons and courses... plenty to keep you busy.

    • 57 min
    GTR-197 Chatty Light Interview

    GTR-197 Chatty Light Interview

    GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 197



     


    Chatty Light Interview



    Recently I was asked to be a guest on the Chatty Light Podcast. I thought you might enjoy hearing it.  Thank you, Colton, Alex and crew! It was fun.



    And for my son Jackson's Christmas fund, don't forget: Christmas Times a Coming!. All you mandolin players need Jackson's eBook Christmas Songs For Mandolin. You still have plenty of time to learn them before the mistletoe is hanging. Granny don't wanna hear no Salt Creek! She wants Jingle Bells!


    Enjoy the show.


    -------------------------------------


    If you like my podcast I hope you will keep this show going and growing by joining "the club" over on my Patreon page. Thank you, patrons!



     


    You can also support what I am doing by visiting my online store at http://www.payhip.com/bradleylaird.  I love you all!



     


    My full website is located at http://www.bradleylaird.com. There you will find free lessons, free videos, jam tracks, full descriptions of all of my books, video lessons and courses... plenty to keep you busy.

    • 1 hr 58 min
    GTR-196 Mushrooms and Metronomes

    GTR-196 Mushrooms and Metronomes

    GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 196



     


    Mushrooms and Metronomes


    This nice cool evening I simply held the recorder in my hand and talked about how you can focus and get good at one thing and it will carry over into lots of other things you have not even tried. I also talk a bit about my mushroom project and other oddities. Enjoy the show! 


    And for my boy Jackson's Christmas fund, don't forget: Christmas Times a Coming!. All you mandolin players need Jackson's eBook Christmas Songs For Mandolin. You still have plenty of time to learn them before the mistletoe is hanging. Granny don't wanna hear no Salt Creek! She wants Jingle Bells!


    Enjoy the show.


    -------------------------------------


    If you like my podcast I hope you will keep this show going and growing by joining "the club" over on my Patreon page. Thank you, patrons!



     


    You can also support what I am doing by visiting my online store at http://www.payhip.com/bradleylaird.  I love you guys and gals!



     


    My full website is located at http://www.bradleylaird.com. There you will find free lessons, free videos, jam tracks, full descriptions of all of my books, video lessons and courses... plenty to keep you busy.

    • 42 min
    GTR-195 - Early Morning Rant

    GTR-195 - Early Morning Rant

    GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 195



     


    An Early Morning Rant



     


    One of the things in life that I cherish is to rise early, to get up before the chickens, watch the stars and think about life.


     


    This morning I got up, jotted down a few notes on a brown paper sack, and hit record. My intended subject was "Ten Ways To Play Better Bluegrass" but, as usual, I wandered a bit.


     


    I have included actual live cricket sounds and a bug zapper in the background just to help you imagine the scene. I also did an unpaid endorsement of The Bug-A-Salt 3.0. Enjoy the show.


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    If you like my podcast I hope you will keep this show going and growing by joining "the club" over on my Patreon page. Thank you, patrons!



     


    You can also support what I am doing by visiting my online store at http://www.payhip.com/bradleylaird.



     


    My full website is located at http://www.bradleylaird.com. There you will find free lessons, free videos, jam tracks, full descriptions of all of my books, video lessons and courses... plenty to keep you busy.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
65 Ratings

65 Ratings

Drydoc1958 ,

Great podcast

You should interview Hal Jeans from Florence MS. He too played in the Atlanta Mandolin Orchestra

GaFiddle ,

Bluegrass Way of Life

This is a great podcasts produced by a musician for the musician. Good job Brad !
I always look forward to your next segment; and, thank you sir.

Mando Newbie ,

Wow

I wanted to provide perusers of this podcast a review, but after the previous two, not much left to say. So I’ll say “yah, what they said, for sure.”

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