Bradley Laird’s Grass Talk Radio - Bluegrass
GTR-158 - Snakes Alive!

GTR-158 - Snakes Alive!

June 25, 2020

Today's episode is a mish-mash of thoughts running through my head. First I talk a bit about the garden and the rural roots of bluegrass--and bugs! Then, I tell you about a real life "Little Girl and The Dreadful Snake" tale and how those reptiles which have been attacking my chickens and their eggs.

After that I chill out and read you another listener email, describe the new jam track collection I just created. I also do a little shout out to the Mandolin and Beer Podcast and, in particular, the Matt Mundy interview episode. Then I finish up with a little plug for my son Jackson's new 4 song EP which you can download here for free.

 

GTR-157 - Chord Progressions

GTR-157 - Chord Progressions

June 11, 2020

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 157

Chord Progressions

In this episode I talk about chords, chord progressions and jam tracks. Having an understanding of the "Chords By The Numbers" idea can be very useful both in backup and lead playing. Ride along as I do my best to explain.

 

Links to the various resources I discuss in the episode are listed on the show notes page at grasstalkradio.com

 

If you enjoy 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!

GTR-156 - Survival Strategies

GTR-156 - Survival Strategies

June 1, 2020

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 156

Survival Strategies

In this episode we hear an audio submission from a fellow listener. Then, I share 8 ways I have attempted to stay sane in this time of no picking, no festivals, no shows and very little fun!

 

I also discuss my downloadable book "The Mandolin Song Book". If you listen to the show you will learn how to work out the puzzler and get a 25% discount. All you have to do is identify the famous mandolin player pictured on the cover of the book. You can get all the details here on the show notes page here: http://www.bradleylaird.com/podcast/episode-156-show-notes.html

 

If you enjoy 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!

GTR-155 - The Mail Bag

GTR-155 - The Mail Bag

May 19, 2020

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 155

The Mail Bag

In this episode I catch you up on what's been happening around the Principality of Lairdonia (very little) and then I dive into the mail bag a read a slew of listener emails. Have fun!

 

You will find the garden photos and other show notes for this episode here: http://www.bradleylaird.com/podcast/episode-155-show-notes.html

 

If you enjoy 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!

 

GTRB-10 - Mando Workshop

GTRB-10 - Mando Workshop

May 4, 2020

GrassTalkRadio.com - Bonus Episode 10

Mando Workshop

This bonus episode is in two sections. The first part talks about "workshops", what they are, how they tend to go down, and my experiences being on both sides--sitting in the audience or presenting the program.

 

The second part is almost like sitting through one of my mandolin workshops. Download the free 18 page "handout" and follow along! It's almost like being there. You'll learn my version of Franz Liszt's hand exercises to increase your finger control and flexibility and a lot more!

 

You can download the fabled 1988  "workshop booklet" as a PDF here so you can follow along. The hand exercises and everything else I mention is in the PDF. Grab it!

 

The show notes for this episode are at: http://www.bradleylaird.com/podcast/bonus-episode-10-show-notes.html

 

If you enjoy 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!

GTR-154 - The Banjo Masters

GTR-154 - The Banjo Masters

April 27, 2020

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 154

The Banjo Masters

At the request of a listener and patreon supporter I put together this hour long romp through the albums I consider to be essential listening for all bluegrass banjo players.

 

In the episode I also mention my book The Flint Hill Scrolls. You can read about it and download it here.

 

If you play another instrument there is plenty to listen to here for you too! Have fun and thank you Henry for the very good question.

 

The show notes for this episode are at: http://www.bradleylaird.com/podcast/episode-154-show-notes.html

 

If you enjoy 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!

GTR-153 - Hunkering Down

GTR-153 - Hunkering Down

April 16, 2020

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 153

Hunkering Down

After the old one-two punch of lockdown followed by storms which knocked out the electricity, I thought the clouds were parting. Then, 45 minutes later the internet went out and stayed out. I am right now at the McDonald's parking lot in Americus, Georgia uploading this for you.

 

In this episode, after I vent all of my frustrations, Jackson reads another email from a fellow listener named Henry and I talk about growing potatoes and other such nonsense. Pardon the short description and the lack of an episode specific graphic. We are getting bad vibes sitting here and scamming the free wifi so I'll add the show notes page if and when the internet comes back on at home.

 

The show notes for this episode are at: http://www.bradleylaird.com/podcast/episode-153-show-notes.html

 

If you enjoy 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!

GTR-152 - Ad Lib Thoughts

GTR-152 - Ad Lib Thoughts

March 31, 2020

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 152

Ad Lib Thoughts

I started this episode three times. Each time I hit record I began wandering off on little rabbit trails and I would hit stop, gather my thoughts, and then begin anew. I have an idea that I am not the only person with that type of thinking processes right now.

 

In this episode, after a quick email from one of your fellow listeners (who only had one simple question) I talk about breathing and its relation to relaxed playing, I talk about the ultimate master of focused, laser beam concentrated picking (the pickle jar effect), how fear can harm your playing abilities, and I give a little shout out to the Josh Cole Bluegrass Podcast.

 

Keep your chin up, folks!

 

If you enjoy 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!

GTR-151 - The Underground Tape

GTR-151 - The Underground Tape

March 20, 2020

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 151

The Underground Tape

A little humor is in order. To wit, I present you with what I consider to be the classic underground tape, handed from picker to picker over decades, of Bill Monroe and Lester Flatt burying the hatchet and ending their longstanding feud.

 

Smile folks. This too shall pass.

 

If you enjoy 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.

GTR-150 - Tristan Scroggins Interview

GTR-150 - Tristan Scroggins Interview

March 11, 2020

GrassTalkRadio.com - Episode 150

Tristan Scroggins Interview

This episode features a conversation with mandolinist Tristan Scroggins discussing the differences between Old-Time and Bluegrass jam sessions, his new book of fiddle tunes for mandolin, how to get over fear of taking solos and more. Additional show notes and links to Tristan's website and his new book are found here.

 

If you enjoy 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.