Scott Nygaard is one of the most inventive and original guitarists in the bluegrass/acoustic music scene. His solos, a seamless amalgam of bluegrass, folk, and jazz influences, shift easily from breathtaking virtuosity to soulful melodic musings and his accompaniment is always intriguing, supportive, and propulsive. Initially influenced by Doc Watson, Clarence White, and Django Reinhardt and Riley Puckett, Scott spent many years wandering the sea of American music that includes bluegrass, jazz, Cajun, old-time, western swing and rock and roll, and has since expanded his musical world to include traditional Swedish and Irish music.
Scott was the guitarist with Tim O’Brien’s band, the O’Boys, from 1992 to 1997, and has performed and/or recorded with such acoustic music stars as Joan Baez, Chris Thile, Darol Anger, Jerry Douglas, Laurie Lewis, Anonymous 4, Matt Flinner, Bill Evans, Sharon Gilchrist, and many others, receiving numerous Grammy nominations for his stellar sidemanship. He was the guitarist on three recordings that have proven to be extremely influential on the contemporary acoustic music scene: Chris Thile’s Leading Off, Tim O’Brien’s Red on Blonde, and Jerry Douglas’s Slide Rule.
Scott has released two solo albums on Rounder Records, the second of which, Dreamer’s Waltz, an intriguing mix of original and traditional tunes, was nominated for an Indie award by the Association for Independent Music. He has released and produced/co-produced albums with the groups Scott Nygaard and Crow Molly, Roger Tallroth and Scott Nygaard, and the Websters and Scott Nygaard in the last decade.
"As adept at creating magnetic rhythms as he is knocking off stunning solos, Nygaard is possibly the best acoustic guitarist to come along in bluegrass music since Tony Rice." – Edmonton (Alberta) Journal
The music of Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys defines bluegrass, and while the guitar was originally confined to a rhythm instrument in Monroe's band, it has become common, in the last decade or so, for bluegrass guitarists to fill the lead function as well. The original instruments in Monroe's band have provided the template for guitarists wishing to play solos on bluegrass tunes.
Bluegrass guitar solos are primarily a mixture of influences from those instruments: fiddle (fiddle tunes), banjo (crosspicking), and the blues (Monroe's mandolin). In this DVD, renowned guitarist Scott Nygaard guides you through the old-time fiddle tune Little Billy Wilson, a cross-picking arrangement of Home Sweet Home, a melodic solo on the blues song Trouble in Mind and shows you how to combine these influences when creating a solo on a bluegrass tune like East Virginia Blues.
Scott explains in detail the techniques needed to master the bluegrass lead guitar style and the ideas behind his arrangements.
75 minutes • Level 3 • Detailed tab/music PDF file on the DVD