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Bluegrass Guitar Lessons: Crosspicking with Hammer-Ons (Key of C) - Exercise 1

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Another
way to enhance cross picking is to employ
some of the other embellishments that we
talked about, in that last exercise.
And see we talked about the slide into the
different,
chord shapes within cross picking.
And, again, the idea is to make this, you
know, great sort of smooth.
Rolling kind of pattern that creates this
effect and, and one way we can do this.
And I've got an exercise here that kind
starts applying some more musical kind of
framework around the idea of cross picking
is using down here with C, F, and G.
One, four, five, and and C.
And so the exercise starts with a
hammer-on.
And again as we sorta with this thing with
a little bit of rhythm.
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I'll play through the exercise.
You know, cuz the idea's to maintain, not
the, the effect sonically for someone
listening is only as good as your ability
to kinda realize it with your muscles.
And so we really wanna feel this exercise,
and so the music what's,
what's here is really felt for a listener.
So the basic move here is a,
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instead of a,
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That's, it's a,.
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Instead of playing that note.
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The hammer on adds an element of
smoothness to it.
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And then,
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[MUSIC] First two bars.
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And then repeat.
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And then here's the next section.
Moving, moving to F.
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Talked
about embellishing these cross-picking
things with some simple.
Chord voicing changes and there's, back in
the F.
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That's the spinning that the,
throwing a B flat in there with the hammer
on.
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Creates a nice effect with the suspended
fourth there.
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And back to C.
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G.
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And end with a big strum.
And, as things get smoothed out, you can
apply some, you know.
The other exercises I showed you are, are
hard to play at, at quicker tempo.
But as we start smoothing smoothing things
out here with our flat picking and
cross picking and all these little
elements at play here.
You, can get a really nice rolling effect
with an exercise like this.
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It sounds like this.
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Now, I threw some little strums in there,
like.
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Halfway through
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And it sort of heart comes back to
some our strumming scale kind of ideas of
the transition,
that's a more of a right hand transition.
And as you practice this, you know,
you can practice this find a metronome
setting.
Again, where you can realize, jumping into
it, a nice sort of.
Steady, slow, easy kind of rhythmic kind
of way to go about it.
And the goal is to connect all this stuff
together.
And at any tempo this should feel like
music.
It doesn't have to be fast just to have
this,
the effect of all these notes kind of
cascading around each other.
It should sound nice and musical even.
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My goal for this again is to establish
a very strong sense of rhythm and so I'm
emphasizing the downbeats right there.
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So it's ways to take exercises like this,
speed them up to add a certain level of,
of challenge in one way.
But also add a slow tempo, it should.
Music should feel like music, whether it's
slow or fast and
that's one of the good things to remember
with flatpicking.
But the fact I think sometimes is,
we tend to think that it what's good is
when it's really fast and impressive.
But it's with techniques like this you
know, it's,
it's very nice musical statements to be
made.
It's more about the execution and really
delivering a good sense of groove and, and
pocket so, now we're gonna jump in some
tunes.
We're at the end of all
of the crosspicking exercises here in the
intermediate section.
And so, now it's time for you to submit a
video.
You've got lots of exercises and some
ideas about crosspicking, and
I want you to show me one.
And I'll be able to, again, we’re looking
for smooth notes.
I'll be able to hear if you're really
getting these things.
You know, all these exercises should feel
like, you know, good,
complete musical statements.
And so, I'll be looking for that.
Be able to give feedback and I look
forward to seeing those.
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