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Bluegrass Guitar Lessons: Moving Beyond the Boom Chuck

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Well, we've discussed different picking
styles earlier in some of the single note
basic approaches.
And we discussed what eighth notes are,
and straight eighths, and swung eighths,
and dotted, you know, however you wanna
look at that.
We're gonna bring some of that, you know,
We're gonna expand what we've talked about
with the right hand.
So far, for rhythm, we've discussed
the boom chuck thing and the alternate
bass, right?
Now to add to this, we've got this
foundation, so far, to add interest.
Now we're going to the basic idea, we're
going to look at the back of the bar.
One, two, three, four
And the idea is to add a bit of a strum, a
bit of interest, and this is the reason.
This is there, we're going to do this.
If you think about, you know, some of the
drive of Bluegrass and
some of the, you know, the faster tunes in
the way, you know,
it doesn't really speed up, but it just
has that forward drive all the time.
And so what Bluegrass rhythm players are
doing to kinda enhance that
is to basically add in some eighth notes
at the end, end of the bar.
So we'll get the bluegrass G, right?
And that's the basic move.
And to break that down, it's one, two,
three, and four.
And four and.
So now we're back into, you know, some of
our concepts about eighth notes and
the up down picking style.
We're going to with this first
introduction of it.
I'm going to show you with straight
the basic move here with our alternate
bass thing in the G chord.
we gonna build to
And that's with straight eighths.
Three and four and.
Now to swing those eighths, which is
you're going to find a little more in
a lot of Bluegrass tunes, more country
kind of feeling things.
that's taking da da da da to da ca da ca
da ca da.
And then C.
You can add it different now,
we can take that's the basic element of
what's working on.
What's working and if you bring it into
the bar sooner,
usually to make solid Bluegrass into
country rhythm, you know,
to be most effective, you know, you want a
solid downbeat.
And again, sort of harkening back to the
days where the guitar was the downbeat and
the main rhythm provider.
The tradition that's left from that is,
you know,
leave the downbeat kinda to itself.
it's your choice from the rest of the bar,
where you can start immediately.
You can hear there's a lot of country
music in that E form with that
particular eighth note, you know, just the
strumming there.
And again it's the same principle applied
with the E-chord.
There is, you know, the alternate bass is
the one
in the fifth, the root in the fifth walk
into A
So that's basically how to expand moving,
you know, we're moving beyond just the
basic boom chuck pattern, and
essentially, it's kind of, you know,
there's no songs that say,
you know, on Blue Moon of Kentucky you
always do this.
Or in Temperance Reel, you always play
As a Bluegrass rhythm player, and we're
going to talk about more this, you know,
you want to develop an ear of where these
things need to apply.
As we move into some concepts about, you
know, deeper Bluegrass rhythm,
I'm going to show you ways that I think
about, and
we're going to look at ways, you can
actually write this stuff out to
makes a little more sense if you're new to
Or if you've done it a while and want a
review of.
Or you may feel like you're plateaued and
you want to add some spice to what you're
already playing.
We're gonna look at some of that, and
we're gonna dive straight into some of
the more nuance and the real music behind
Bluegrass rhythm guitar playing.