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Bluegrass Guitar Lessons: Fretboard - Exercise 3

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gonna do another exercise here, the third
in this series.
Sorta continuing to learn about these
three shapes and
how they can apply directly into playing
some music.
This third one here is, is again, another
good little challenge.
Starts out of this a basic, the basic
starting block is this, is this form here.
And, and its form as far as a scale is
sort of based out of the.
You know we talked about this thing.
And, and it's, it's, it's sort of the the
the cornerstone
to some some some different sort of
launching pads if you will.
So the exercise starts with a with a bar
we talked about in the.
There are chord expansion we talked about
this long A.
It's supposed to work out of that,
Now the C, but
you know, still basically its why we call
this the A,
I call this the A position or the A shape.
So on the key of C we have
a bar here in the first
Bar coordinate in the first
part of this exercise.
So now we're out of.
Out of the D shape we had discussed before
how with, if this the one and the four and
the five,
now we're shifting it to where this is the
And then this is now we're, the D shape
works as the four C, F, and G.
It's all, all three chords the same three
chord one, four,
five thing that we've been talking about
all this time we're just.
We're up the, up the fingerboard now, so.
And there's our five chord G, back to C.
So anyway, again, the exercise starts.
Bar two.
Now, we're gonna set up for a g chord.
So now we are back to this shape.
I'll just show you the first three
measures one more time.
And, our transition is through this slide.
So, a G7 chord.
That's what's spelled out there.
Again, we, [SOUND] we learn at this point,
you know, seventh chords.
[SOUND] From flatting the natural seventh
of the chord.
That's what makes the seventh chord sound.
Spells that out, so.
And now we're going to come back to our
This sort of traditional A chord.
That shape right there.
And then another time through the G.
The F sha, the F shape, and
then jump back up.
So, the first bar was like this.
And here is a way you.
You have the two different forms with
with that particular shape like this.
Same notes.
In two different places, so starting the
second half of this exercise.
We're gonna shift back up.
So, read along through the tab.
I'll show you one more time, slow.
So one more time.
All right.
Another, another good little handful of,
of notes to kinda work on.
One little thing I'll show ya be, I'll
play a, in a,
with a metronome setting here just in a
second to give you a, a challenge.
One thing to look at, as we come down.
Into bar three.
We have a note.
We have, we, we're, we have fretted our G.
The fourth, the fourth string, fifth fret.
And then the next note down is C on this,
the fifth fret of the third string.
So what we're gonna do, and this is, you
know, again,
we're talking about smooth transitions and
opening little doors at a time.
So, for this exercise.
Our idea with the left hand technique.
We're gonna actually flatten out just a
little bit.
.And, but again, our, our, our idea here
has to make things a little bit harder.
We'll notice that we keep allowing our
muscles to kinda.
To be loose.
And that's,
that's a bit of a tough transition.
But again, we wanna
try to realize how we can get there to, to
make the tone as consistent as possible.
And so another li, another little handful
to work on, and we're progressing.
And I'll show you this one here.
Let's see, let's see 65 beats a minute
with the metronome here,
I think we'll go for.
So here's what that sounds like.
[SOUND] So a little.
[SOUND] Get your starting block there.
[SOUND] Try to get lose, and one, two,
Go back to the starting.
I'll do it one more time.
Three, four.
One other thing
I'll add about,
the slides that
are in here for
the transitions.
Really work on, making those, consistent
with the eighth-note pattern.
You can even isolate that in bar three.
You know,
that's one of the reasons that, you know,
before you start a new exercise like this.
You know just play a little bit of rhythm,
you know and
get a sense of where the groove is, before
you launch in there.
So a couple th, hard things to kinda work
on so I'm start pushing you a little bit.
And thinking about the fingerboard and
thinking about,
you know, putting all this, all this
together but it, it'll be.
You know, it'll be worth it.
You'll start hearing a lot of, yourself
make a great tone here,
and and playing good notes on the acoustic
Now it's time for you guys to submit a
We've shown you three fairly difficult
Some of the most difficult stuff we've
done to this point in the lessons.
And it's a, it's a good indicator at this
point of of,
you know, what you still need to work on.
Again, these things are hard.
So, I really wanna challenge as, as much
as I wanna help and, and sort of guide
you along to developing good technique and
sense of How to play Blue Grass.
You know, I can do that as well by issuing
different types of challenges.
So, these three exercises at this point in
the curriculum, sorta.
They use a lot of what we've talked about
with single note playing, and
maybe even introduced some new things.
And so I'd like you to submit one of
and once again we can see where you are.
And I can offer, you know, dep, according
to what I see and hear, I,
I'll be looking for all the stuff that we,
we've talked about before.
I'll be looking for consistent transitions
with your left hand, smooth.
And listening for a consistent tone.
And and depending on what I see, I can
make make a fee,
I can give you some feedback.
And, and really help you out.
So I'm looking forward to, to seeing where
seeing where everybody is at this point.