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Bluegrass Guitar Lessons: Three Shape - Exercise 3

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[MUSIC]
We've
got one more exercise in this series, and
it's a lot like the other two.
But again my point here is to sort of open
the door to the concept of how these
shapes appear in different forms within
the same chord on the finger board.
So, and it's, you know,
we're a little redundant at this point as
far as the, the kind of music.
You know the, these little exercises but,
but the point of this
is again is to sort of more drive a point
home about these shapes.
And so the next one we have here is
actually out of B flat.
Because of when we show what's gonna
start, the first one started with the,
with the F shape.
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And the, and
the second one started with the D shape.
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And this next one's gonna start,
start with what we're calling the A shape
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Based out of this, this concept of, of,
of where it occurs first on the finger, on
the fretboard.
So.
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So, the first the first measure.
Simple.
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And
then moving that up here to the F shape.
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And now we're up here to the D shape.
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And one thing I'll mention here is we've,
we've talked a lot about posture and left
arm, left hand technique.
And it's, it's another good spot to kinda
review, you know,
just leaving enough room and how your left
hand travels up and down the fingerboard.
It's important to think about the left
arm, not just the left hand and so,
that's why.
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When you reach,
reach this shape here my approach to the
fingerboard is the same.
When you when you climb the fingerboard,
it's, that's why the basics of good
left hand technique start coming into
play, as you climb.
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You know, it's more, the,
the left hand is, is supported by the rest
of the arm.
From here.
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You know the whole,
the whole arm has room to move up
naturally and that's,
that all sort of stems from a, a loose
left shoulder for me.
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If you're left handed it'll be
your right shoulder.
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So,
here's this exercise at 65 beats a minute.
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Two, three, four.
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All right, that sounds a lot like the
other one.
Some of the basic same, same movements
with the, with the music there, but
again, it's, it's more about muscle memory
and, and, and really building, creating
building blocks for, for technique that's
gonna allow us to experience a lot of,
lot of great music down the road.
And so we gotta, some other kind of,
what I think are neat exercises to work
with these three shapes following here.
We've covered a lot of information about
three shapes and
a lot of basic sort of information of, of
how and why they exist and
relate to major scales and I've given you
three exercises and so now it's time for
you to submit a video and I can give you
some feedback on how, how I see progress.
And so what I would like to see out of
those three vide three exercises.
Submit a video of playing one of those at
65 beats a minute twice through.
And, and as we monitor progress slowly but
surely here.
What I'll be looking for when we, when we
talked about it before,
the smooth transitions.
You know, we've talked about smooth
transitions, you know,
changing strings with a pick.
And smooth transitions of, you know,
strumming to single note.
And once again, we're talking about smooth
transitions up and
down the neck through these shapes.
And and so that's what I'll be looking
for.
And I'll, I'll know that you've got them
or not.
If you can, if you can play through these
exercises twice at 65 beats a minute then,
then, that's how we'll know.
And so and I, and I really wanna see, how,
where you are.
You know, and I can give you, the more
realistic version of this that I see,
the more, the better pointers I can, I can
show you.
And, and, so, so, don't, you know, just
take 100 of them and send me,
send me the best one that, that actually
nails it if it doesn't actually.
If I can't do anything to actually help,
help you grow and
help your technique deepen then it's sort
of pointless.
But the, the great thing about these video
submissions is that I can really look at
where you are right now and give you some
good feedback.
And I really look forward to seeing those.
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