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Bluegrass Guitar Lessons: Fretboard - Exercise 1

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We
just had three exercises that dealt with
u, u, using those three basic
chord shapes in their basic forms within
the same chord up and down the neck.
Now, we're gonna look at how to use those
three shapes moving within a one,
four, five chord pattern.
And so, the first one hear deals we're in
the key of A.
And so, our first shape is this F shape
right here.
And so, what you're gonna see I'll, I'll
talk through this exercise here.
For just quick review of, of those shapes.
There's that F shape and there's this what
we're gonna call the A shape.
And then, the d shape.
So, you may wanna start this reviewing
that.
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And so, the way this exercise starts out
it's those what we had before
was more about learning to find those
clusters up and down the neck.
Now, we're gonna get a little bit more a
little bit more musically intense.
Because we are going to stay basically in
the same shape,
the same basic area of the fingerboard.
Again, we're all closed, no open strings.
So, this, this in the key of A.
This exercise starts with a basic walk,
and this is all at a major scale.
World here.
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Immediately,
in the first bar we got a little shift,
because we're setting up this, this form.
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See the last three notes of
the first full bar.
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There's that shape right there.
So, we, we work ourself into that.
And, what we talked about, how that shape
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sort of, it has two scale forms.
And, this is one of them.
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And so, as we played through this
exercise, we were basically starting
midway through that scale.
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So,
we're gonna set up for that position
because the next goes straight to this
A position which is now the four chord of
the D chord and A.
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Back, so
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And, as far as picking, it's all up and
down picking, starting with the
downstroke.
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We have a little eighth note.
Now we're gonna shift to the, to the D
position, which is the five chord
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in our three chord
little move right there.
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Now, we're, that's,
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So, that, that, that goes through the
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five chord and a, and
a flatting the seventh through the motion
of that chord.
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And then, back to a.
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With that's, that major scale.
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And,
the next bar, just like the first with
that shift.
And then, there's our,
there's our
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is our D form.
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and then, back to this form.
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And,
there's the form as we looked at it using
this form again as sort of
a starting block
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So, here's this here's the exercise at 70
beats a minute.
And, you play a little rhythm before you
jump in like we always do.
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One more time.
One more time.
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One other thing to talk about with this
little exercise.
When you move from.
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You know, one of the ideas that we're
stressing here is, is, you know, building
sustained notes and, and smoother playing.
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And so,
a trick here is to keep as many fingers
down, on the fret board as possible.
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You know, and
it gives that nice roll effect, almost
like a banjo.
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Because we're,
we're basically we've made this chord
shape and this is how,
how these shapes are, are, you know, that
are important for bluegrass, you know.
And, actually George Shuffler the famous
crosspicker with the Stanley Brothers
used this.
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That's,
that was his version of, of a lot of the
solos that he played.
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And, to that's,
that's a good thing to just isolate right
there.
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And, once again, it's
solid left hand technique will allow that
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that high A to ring through the D chord
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Okay.
So, as you practice this, you know,
try to get it to 70 beats a minute, and
try to realize all this, all these things.
So, get the sustain of the notes and keep
a full tone through the,
through the whole thing and it'll, it'll
should come out pretty nice.
So, we got two more to go through.
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