The Tony Rice Guitar Method

Tony Rice

With Wyatt Rice, Second Guitar

Two-Video set with music/tab pdf. Hosted by Happy Traum. Remastered April 2021
  • Code:DLRICGT29
  • Skill Level:Early Intermediate (3)

In a wide-ranging and detailed session, Tony Rice demonstrates his world-famous technique, gives invaluable advice, analyzes some of his best-known pieces and discusses his style, influences, guitars and favorite players. This exceptionally rich two-part set is filled with fascinating conversation and the amazing playing we've all come to expect from this master picker. Tony geared this lesson so that aspiring players at all levels can learn important techniques and benefit from his vast musical experience.

You'll gain insights into important elements, such as Tony's method for getting his guitar in tune, how he warms up for a show, the correct way to put on a capo, proper left hand fretting technique, advice about speed and dexterity, the secrets of Tony's guitar micing and how he plays some of his signature licks.

Tony plays and breaks down some relatively easy songs, including The Last Thing on My Mind, Bury Me Beneath the Willow and Wildwood Flower, showing how these country-folk standards can evolve from basic Carter Family style to an arrangement utilizing Tony's unique embellishments. You'll see, up close, the details of his right hand technique- his fluidity of motion and how he holds the pick, adjusting its angle to give him his trademark cross-picking sound.

Clarence White was Tony's first major influence, and he relates how his own sound was derived from the rhythm patterns and licks of his early idol. He slows down astonishing solos they each played on Nine Pound Hammer, and describes the scales he uses for his improvisations both in basic G position and up the neck. Tony also discusses Doc Watson's powerful role in his musical development, launching into an exploration of fiddle tunes Stony Lonesome and Billy in the Lowground.

Tony Rice's uniquely beautiful ballad arrangements of Shenandoah and Danny Boy (both in dropped D tuning) combine chord-melody style, improvised scales, the use of harmonics and other lyrical techniques that will give you endless pleasure in guitar exploration. Wyatt Rice then joins his brother in a demonstration of how to play minor key tunes Little Sadie and Jerusalem Ridge. Finally, Tony uses Salt Creek to demonstrate his highly regarded back up technique, with Wyatt playing lead. The brothers then go out with a version of the classic I Am a Pilgrim to finish the set.

This extended lesson by one of acoustic music's most admired and innovative guitarists will bring new skills and creativity to your playing, and will provide hours of fun as you work your way through these great pieces.


"If you can't manage a private session with Tony Rice, this two-disc DVD set may be the next best thing. It is all that we have come to expect from Homespun.... Rice is a thoughtful and articulate instructor.... (He) knows exactly why he plays what he does and easily relates the information to the viewer in an understandable and useful way. The camera work is excellent." - Bluegrass Unlimited (Highlighted Video)

Student Review:

"I received my copy of the Tony Rice dvd in excellent condition a couple of weeks ago, and it is permanently in my dvd player. What a great performer Mr. Rice is. It is wonderful not only to hear him playing but also to hear him talk in a very relaxed way about tuning, noodling? and his (wonderful)guitars. I would also like to thank Mr. Traum for putting this great dvd together." - Richard Pawlot, Netherlands


James Clark 2 years, 3 months ago

I love this course, but I have a question: Why did Tony Rice use the 7th fret D string "A" harmonic for his 440 tuning fork? Why did he not use the 12th fret A string "A" harmonic?
I'm only asking because I really want to understand this deeply!
What a great course!

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Glenn King 10 months, 2 weeks ago

What a fine gentlemen of the guitar. In that way he reminds me of Chet Atkins. I am well experienced on the guitar but knew nothing about Bluegrass Guitar but now I feel I have enough here for a great foundation.

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PATRICK SAVOIE 4 months, 2 weeks ago

be careful there's one red and one green and there both the same I ended up buying the 2 cause I tought they were different they scam people by being the same item twice very disappointing I'll never buy from them again

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Tom Andersen 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Is the green one called ‘An intimate lesson’? I believe there are three different Tony Rice homespun courses so maybe you accidentally bought two different ones. I’m sure they would be happy to help you sort it out if you reach out to them and give them a chance to address your problem. Email and phone number found easily on the webpage. Really nice folks.

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Happy Traum 4 months, 2 weeks ago

Hi Patrick,
I'm so sorry for the confusion. We do occasionally update our cover artwork to freshen it up, but the description and song list remain the same. I believe Susan has already refunded your money. This was certainly not a scam, as our long-time customers know. We would not have been in business for more than fifty years if this was our business model. I sincerely hope you are now satisfied and will continue to enjoy these and other Homespun lessons.

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Randy Grable 4 months, 2 weeks ago

I concur with Tom Andersen above. Contact Homespun and let them know about your issue. I’ve been a Homespun customer for nearly 40 years (since mid 80’s). And for what very few issues or problems that I have had over that many years the folks at Homespun have been eager and quick to assist and resolve the problem.

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Perry 4 months, 1 week ago

Curious about the 2021 remaster. I s there any additional footage? I have the DVD and may but the online version for convenience and because I love Tony and this DVD so much. I can listen to Tony tune his guitar every day :)

Happy is there any Tony outtakes in the can?

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