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Bluegrass Guitar Lessons: “Give Me Back My 15 Cents” (Intermediate)

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We are gonna jump into 15 Cents.
Give Me Back My 15 Cents is a classic old
tune, you don't hear it a lot, but
it's a good one to learn.
Jumping right in the first bar written
there is pick up notes, and
again we are gonna talk about setting up
for strong down beats, so.
what's going on in that first bar we're
starting to incorporate, try to see how
crosspicking can kind of not, without just
the the three, three note kinda pattern.
The same idea,
basically a solid rhythmic right hand.
how those notes kinda ring, sorta like a
crosspicking pattern, but the idea is,
is to, with the pick, you know, create
this sorta idea of a, a roll.
Right, those were all out of C.
And right there.
We have the, we start on the,
on an eighth note.
Which is, if you look at the bar, you have
B1, B2, and then there's a rest,
an eighth rest and so our, our pickup note
sort of falls on the and, which we and
we're talking about down up, down up, one
and two and three and that,
that note right there in light of our
bigger rhythmic kind of concept.
So that bar is.
That F is up.
Again we're, we're,
we're playing to set up the next downbeat
so that whole line.
That's how that,
how that happens, it, there's no the
You can see how much more more
stress it puts on the on my right hand to
try to play it right there like that.
With with all down beats.
And it, and it
sort of breaks the sense of that natural
sort of flow to the rhythm so that line.
So it's,
it's using space, but again we're breaking
our eighth note pattern.
But we're, but we're we're not gonna
abandon it necessarily.
We're, we're still feeling it with our
And right there's another sorta element,
sort of a hybrid sorta crosspicking kind
of thing.
To get that G ringing through those
melody notes.
You'll notice that the,
the G brings you know, basically, through
most of those two bars.
It just adds another harmonic element into
the playing as opposed to.
You know, single note stuff,
as opposed to.
You know, adds a,
adds a layer of depth to the sound.
To end the phrase.
So, one more time through the first half
of the A.
Once again we talked in Gold Rush about
double stops and, and how you can use
those open strings within melody notes to
start you know, sort of spelling out
chords is what we're doing here.
So from the.
The third line.
The chord
if you listen to the rhythm track, goes to
So, what we can do with our, with our,
our lead line.
Is to kind of hint to that.
You know,
sort of alludes to the F and the C forms.
And the way that bar finished is.
Now I've got it to set up the second
half of the A.
We've got another little crosspicking kind
of thing.
Which sort of starts as opposed to.
Starts on the higher string.
Which was strummed.
But again, it's all, all setting up.
So we notice that, that starts on the
third beat.
So that's a down stroke.
that's one little thing you can isolate.
So from there, that point again.
And then we're gonna stop there.
The, the next notes are pickups into the B
We'll get to that in the next, on the next
I'll play it through one time here
actually use the backing track at 75
beats a minute, and we'll just play the A
section then we'll, then we'll stop
the stop the rhythm and then we'll go into
the next lesson which is the beat part.
Here's Give Me Back My 15 Cents.
And a one, two, three.
All right.
So that's the A part of Give Me Back My 15
We'll Learn the B part and put it all
together in the next lesson.