JP Harris – “The Nashville Number System”

In this quick tutorial, JP Harris teaches us about The Nashville Number System, a technique that any musician interested in studio or club work should have under their belt.


INSTRUCTOR: JP Harris is an American country singer, songwriter, guitarist, and clawhammer banjoist based in Nashville, Tennessee. He has performed at the Newport Folk Festival in 2016, 2017 and 2021.

Subject: Students will learn the “Nashville Number System” a method commonly used in studios, writing sessions, and live performances, that allows anyone with a basic understanding of the musical scale may to learn the chord progressions of any given song, and easily transpose them into any key. JP goes through the basic premise of the system and gives a live demonstration with his band..

Age/Skill-Level Recommendation: Intended for intermediate to advanced level students, ages 14 and up. A basic understanding of music theory is required.

Topics Discussed: Nashville Number System, Guitar, Jamming, Collaboration, Improvisation, Carrer Skills, Music Theory.

Recommended Use: We recommend this video be used to teach intermediate to advanced level students who are interested in performing with others. Having a basic understanding of the Nashville Number System will give students the confidence to enter into collaborative environments such as studios, writing sessions, and live performances.

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