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Bluegrass Guitar Lessons: Relative Minor - Exercise 2

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Here's
another way to think about relative minor
and I'll give you a little exercise here.
That's gonna continue to challenge and
open doors hopefully.
[SOUND] For soloing.
And we're gonna, we mentioned how how G
when Bluegrass tunes are in G.
With this, with that particular chord
voicing how the,
the G minor tonal center kinda works and
also G major.
And because G minor works you get some
notes out of B flat and
we've also talked about the notes up the
finger board with the shapes and so put,
putting all that together into, in a kinda
similar kinda strum.
And scale exercise.
Strumming and
single notes what, what I like about
starting with a little bit of strum.
Not only does it get your, your arms and
hopefully your shoulders and
your whole sort of position around the
guitar settled.
Your, your ears also settling into the,
the idea of what G is.
So you may just start out this,
don't think about this one now necessarily
as much as the bar of each.
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I want,
what I really want you to get from this is
the sense of how.
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Where to find these notes.
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And where they are.
So, there's G.
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Get some of that G minor stuff.
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If G minor works, there's B flat.
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And we'll work up the neck.
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So B flat major st, B flat major.
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We're connecting to some shapes now.
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Those are some building blocks of I don't
want to overwhelm you but that's a lot of
stuff, that's examples of where all this
can go, and, and, and at least an exercise
to start helping you down the road of,
of maybe realizing some of that kind of
stuff.
So so good luck with that, with that.
I look forward to seeing how that works.
It's time for me to see how you're doing.
This is a, a, a lot of new stuff here in
the advanced section.
So, I want you guys to submit a video.
Presented two exercises, two different
ways to think about relative minor.
The first one, the more simplified strum
and single note thing what I'd like
to see out of that is I can tell whether
or not you're, you're,
the ideas of how to use major scale notes
over the related minor chords
is sinking in based on how, how smooth
you're able to get back and forth.
And and you know, you choose the key.
You tell me here is some here's a relative
minor experiment scale exercise out of F
and, and give me 16 bars of that.
And, and I'll be able to tell and give you
feedback on, on how that's,
how that looks, how that sounds and, and
we'll move on from there.
And also your other option.
You know, the, the more advanced thing.
That is, and it gets really hard and I,
you know, applaud effort.
If it's new to you to, to jump into these
things.
But we talked about the bluegrass sound.
And with G.
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And how minor notes kinda work on that.
And because of that with our relative
minor concept, notes out of B flat major.
Can be useful.
So in a similar kind of way I'd like to
see you go for that.
Show me that you can not only transition
back and forth or,
or between G, G minor, B flat kind of
ideas.
We're really starting to build a, a, a bag
of licks,
a bag of familiarity with a the with the
fingerboard on the guitar.
And so, you submit a video with that
second exercise and
again I'll be able to tell you know, how,
how you're doing with that.
And I can make some suggestions on maybe
some shifting and
we've looked at going up the neck.
And it's a good time to start doing that,
you know, we're really kinda moving,
moving forward here.
I'm pushing you along and so and, and the
more I can see of that, the better,
you know, my feedback can be on showing
you ways to really strengthen and, and
move forward solidly.
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