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Bluegrass Guitar Lessons: Rhythm with Crosspicking - Exercise 2

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[MUSIC]
I got another challenge for you.
With the same idea, with the rhythm and
crosspicking, this is gonna be out of the
key of C.
So, instead of two bars each G, C and D
and back to G we have
one bar each in the key of C which is one
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C, then the four.
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F, five
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G, and then back to the one
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C.
And the exercise is gonna look like this
and
it's sort of based on the idea of Maybelle
Carter.
And and, and how that at least in the
lineage of great.
Rhythm players and great bluegrass and
country and
flat picker, flat pickers sort of led to
Tony Rice, and
Norman Blake, and all these great guitar
players would do these kind of things, and
here breaking it down for an exercise for
you to, for you to work on.
It starts with in C.
I'll just play it through a couple of
times and then break it down for you.
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So that's the basic kind of move there,
and it what's happening is.
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Straight into a hammer on.
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I've got my,
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Pinky down here on the on the G.
You don't have to do that.
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It seems to where it just sorta
naturally falls for me.
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That's kinda tight in that F chord.
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And
then straight into the G which is a bit of
a transition to get smooth.
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So what you'd really like to get with this
one because it's a little more compact is
as many clean clear notes as you can.
That's the goal, you know, it may not
always end up that way.
Sometimes when you're playing rhythm
you're, you're, you know,
a little, little more flogging than than
you'd want to sometimes.
And you, it's hard to get real accurate
but that's what this kind of exercise
really builds and it's just a sense of how
this can, can kind of sound and
it's very effective when done the right
way.
So slowly one more time.
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So there's the basic exercise,
and if you want to, if you,
if you get it, speed it up.
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What you'll notice is,
as you get to more faster tempos, you'll
realize the stress on your right hand,
and it's, you'll find that those things.
They're easier to do slower.
They're easier to practice slower, but
part of this whole concept advanced,
advanced players building speed and
clarity which I,
I try as it's one of my goals as a player.
We talked about is building strong, clear
you know, and, and
making make big ideas kind of mean a lot
in for Bluegrass.
And so with a rhythm idea like this I feel
like I can, I can go for
those kind of things.
But it, it's, is, is, it's tough at a
faster tempo because it really
taxes your right hand at that point.
To, to get inside those strings.
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That's one thing to practice.
This is just to get started.
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And just go back to the basic move.
So good luck with those.
We've introduced a new concept.
And a, and a new application for rhythm
playing and if you'd like to submit
a video, pick one of these exercises and
and show me how it's coming.
This is a, this is a new thing for a lot
of people.
And I know, I know a lot of people pay
attention to this sound and
wanna try to do it.
And I think it's important.
It's a good thing to work on.
And I can help you through that,
I can provide some feedback to kind of
help you through it.
If your having trouble then just show me
how it is and, and you know,
from here we can move onto some deeper,
applying this into songs and so
before we get there I wanted to just make
sure you have the option to.
To check in with me and, and
show me how it's going and I can I can
help you out if you need some help.
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