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Bluegrass Guitar Lessons: Bluegrass Guitar (Key of G) - Exercise 1

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[MUSIC]
Here's
a bluegrass guitar exercise in the key of
G.
And, we've talked earlier about, the in,
influence of Tony Rice and, and
the general influence of the blues and
bluegrass and
blues notes and, and just the lonesome
quality of.
Of just particular things that make
Bluegrass sound the way it does with
color notes, the flatted fists and the,
and the flatted thirds and
the flat sevens, and here's a little
bluegrass exercise that works specifically
on the guitar with some of those, some of
those ideas are just how things sound.
And I also mentioned to you earlier that
you know,
you can look at all these etudes and
exercises as, as a you know,
can gleam whatever you want to a little,
steal licks.
Steal my licks please.
You know, I like to see them show up in
your improv.
Show me that you're learning them and show
me that you're, you know,
you're committing them to memory.
And, so, I'll just talk through this one
here.
And what's going on is you slide.
Again, we're, we, you know, all, all
through this we're, we're continuing to,
pound the idea of solid rhythm even in
our, in our single note playing.
So, what happens is we're sliding from the
third fret up to the fifth fret
on the fourth string.
And starting a little rhythmic pattern.
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There's a first bar.
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So we're starting at you know,
we're starting on the F and G, the flat
seven.
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So and.
Sorta, we've, we've talked about how
slides and hammer-ons and pull-offs,
you know, can smooth out your playing.
And, and, with, with these kind, when you
add the color notes and
it, it kinda greases up the playing at
that point.
Kinda gives it a real sass and an
attitude, so.
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And, then your down beats are strong,
and those ideas are just that much more
clear as a, as an idea, you know,
as an idea musically.
That's the first half and again that
sort of greasy thing of sliding around,
sliding around from that B flat up to B,
all right, so here's the second half.
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And
we're gonna climb up to a really cool
descending lick that you can you can use.
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And
one of, one of the things that makes that
work,
you know, as a, as a good musical kinda
idea.
Especially as a phrase ender kind of a
thing,
is is that are those open strings in the
middle of it.
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Cuz you get all those really.
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You know, and in G that would,
that C in there again, we talk about all
those notes that make sort of, you know,
Bluegrass cool you know.
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You know, then you got that.
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That dissonance right there, so.
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You know, sometimes it,
sometimes bluegrass should hurt a little
bit.
And, it's all about, you know, tension and
release and, and soloing.
So, here's this exercise all the way
through.
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The other thing to mention about that,
a little bit of a shift change.
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When you get to that,
that B-flat, to slide, just slide with
your first finger up and it'll,
it'll immediately shift your position
back.
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In time for that G chord.
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right.
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As opposed.
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To hammer on.
So, not only is the slide allowing for, a
bit of, you know, attitude and, and
a kind of, the greasiness of the thing,
but it also sets up the next, you know,
the power of the next down beat.
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One more time.
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All right.
There you go.
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