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Bluegrass Guitar Lessons: Soloing Over Chord Patterns

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Now we're gonna do a lot of work.
We're gonna use a lot of the things we
talked about.
I've got some tracks here, we can practice
soloing over, some basic
rhythm changes in three different keys to
try to just apply all these things.
And again, it's, this is a, there's a lot
of information there to,
to, to kind of use and, and work with and
just try.
And that's, you know, part of the beauty
of this is that we've, you know,
we can take our time here.
And there's and just work through these
I'll give you a couple little pointers.
First is, one of the things when you're
practicing improv have a goal,
that's a good thing.
Have a, have a target say, for, for this
time through in the key of D,
I'm gonna think about just working with D
major scale.
Or if you're in G, I'm gonna work on the,
all the, you now,
attitude sort of minor pentatonic.
All the stuff we talked about.
You know, and just you know, and
don't expect a lot of don't try to, do
But just try to make again,
we're talking about just clear notes,
clear musical ideas.
Not that these musical ideas are gonna be
tunes or,
or you know groundbreaking musical
But we're just, we're just trying to
connect a lot of ideas and
trying to get our.
Try to get your ear, kind of listening for
how they sound against different chords.
A lot of what you'll find with these,
these three chord songs and
these patterns I have here are three
In each key, one, four, five.
That a lot, you know we're in the key of
Basically, a lot of G Major scale.
Is gonna work, all the time, you know?
And so it, you might think of that as, a
place to kinda come in and out of.
Think of how you can work, out of the
major scale into more of a [COUGH] a li
pentatonic or a minor, pentatonic minor,
relative minor.
Think about all these things as it comes
What we have here is there in the first
one I'll just explain it and
all of them are like this.
We have-
Two bars of G.
Two bars of C.
Two bars of D.
And two bars of G and that happens twice
and then it, then the,
then the exercise goes into quicker
version of that.
Where it's one bar of G.
One bar of C.
One bar of D and, and back to G.
So when that happens I think four times
through so.
So here's the exercise and what I'll do is
I'll try to just talk through it.
There's a lot of music there.
And also basically as I start into it I, I
mentioned in G.
We're going to start with just G major
And so what I'm gonna do is just alternate
G major ideas and the minor pentatonic,
with the flat five and
the, and the bluesy
Attitude kinda stuff we talked about.
So that these are two ideas that I'm gonna
try to just alternate and
listen how they sound against the chord
I'm not gonna think about, what to play
over C, what to play over D.
I'm just gonna try to think about
connecting big, you know,
musical connections.
Make, making notes work all the way
through these lines.
And so we'll start the the exercise in G
here, and this is what it'll,
this is what it'll do.
I'll just start with a, just a G-major
One, two, three, go.
Here's some
Bluegrass attitude.
So there's some ideas.
There's some examples of, of how to use
that exercise.
And again, you didn't hear me play any
amazing melodies out of that.
But I'm just messing, I'm just trying to
listen for, and
some of it works, you'll hear.
Some of it doesn't.
And another, another key when your
practicing improv.
Try to, know if you take your time listen
to why that doesn't work.
And listen one thing it sorta leads to how
to we talk about where there's strums and
scales of, of leading to the next chord.
You know C's coming up
And you just sorta.
Hang after a little while, you know.
And so, you know, lots of ways to sort of
practice these things.
And so, when we move on we'll show you
some more examples of some other keys.