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Bluegrass Guitar Lessons: “Red Haired Boy” (Intermediate)

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[MUSIC]
Gonna get into Red Haired Boy.
Got our capo on the second fret, it's in
the key of A, out of the G position here.
[MUSIC]
If you look at the basic version,
we one of the things we covered there was
how much basic,
pentatonic scale uses in this, in this
tune, here.
So, I think what I'll do, I've got a
rhythm track for
intermediate, starting at 72.
And, I'll, I'll play the A part, then
we'll stop the track.
And, we'll get into the, get into the
nitty gritty of,
of how we're making this a little more
complicated.
So, here's the A part of Red Haired Boy.
One, two, three, four, one, two, three.
[MUSIC]
Okay.
The second ending the second ending
continues onto the B part.
We'll isolate the A part here.
First thing we do with the melody and as
oppose to going
[MUSIC]
As it is in the basic we're adding
a little slide and a hammer on.
[MUSIC]
Sort of adds that whole element of,
of what are not only embellishing the
melody with some more eighth notes all
based out of that.
That pentatonic and major scale kind of
thought.
[MUSIC]
Adds that sort of
the more groovy kind of slide.
[MUSIC]
And again, the goal is to make those
things work within the eighth note you
know, solid rhythm pattern.
[MUSIC]
And then, ca, ca, continue onto, bar three
[MUSIC]
And you know once again our idea of, of,
of with, with strong rhythmic flat picking
is you know setting up for, for
obvious down beats.
To make these things just feel good.
And so the pulse through that bar right
there with all those eighth notes is
[MUSIC]
It's almost like all that sets up for
the downbeat of bar four, from bar three.
[MUSIC]
So
you can kinda see how, you know the melody
is.
[MUSIC]
You know, and
so what we're doing is we're connecting
basically within the scale.
[MUSIC]
All right,
so setting up for that downbeat with just,
you know, embellishments of the melody.
And all in there, keeping up with our
eighth note
idea once that downbeat is established in,
in bar five right there.
[MUSIC]
And
so what we, what you find a lot in flat
picking as,
as things get a lot more advanced, is how
you sort of climb.
We talk about walking base and this is
sort of the way it happens melodically.
where you actually walk in, you lead in to
the, in to the next chord.
The melody is.
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So what we're doing here is is.
[MUSIC]
So we really connected
this whole string of eighth notes here in
this thing which connects everything.
[MUSIC]
The hammer on right there to
smooth things out.
[MUSIC]
So
it gets a little more complicated string
of eighth notes,
and then that's what again we wanna work
on you know, just maintaining this
rhythmic pulse through out that whole
thing, and just you know take your time,
work through this stuff slow one more time
from bar four
[MUSIC]
Pull it off right here.
[MUSIC]
So there's a lot of
stuff to work on there in the a part that
we're have our expanding and
making things a little bit more difficult.
But hopefully your technique is improving
and
you're sort of realizing how to kind of
approach these things.
For more of a smoother rhythmic kinda
being aware of pulses and aware of
how you're muscles kinda respond to making
things a little harder like this.
So now we move on to the B part.
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