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

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[MUSIC]
Here's
the same exercise that we just looked at
in G in the key of, in the key of D and
it's in, it's important, it's, you know,
these main keys in bluegrass, especially
the, the stronger, sort of,
more attitude-based, kinda of, you know,
we talked of Tony Rice sounding.
And all the, all the cool sort of color
notes that you can use for your soloing.
And here's a little exercise that works on
those same things with in the key of D.
And you'll notice, it's basically the same
exact sounding thing but in another key.
[MUSIC]
That's O, again O.
One of the neat things about this that you
can apply to your own playing as far as,
and, and ideas.
Just that whole descending line in the key
of D is something that you can use and,
and it would apply to any, any sorta
phrasing in your,
in your solo when it comes to setting-up,
you know, a powerful ending.
[MUSIC]
So,
it's got all the, all the same characters.
Here's, here it is again a little faster.
[MUSIC]
So what happens when you speed an exercise
like that up with those, those quick
slides at the beginning of it.
It's sort of, there's, act as a grace
notes and, and
sort of emphasize the power of a kind of a
thing like that.
As opposed to.
[MUSIC]
There's kind of it without the slides.
As, but with the slides and the attitude
you've got.
[MUSIC]
You know,
that make a, makes a deeper musical
statement.
And that's just adding, some of the, all
the elements that we've talked about.
Slides and hammer-ons and, and things to
embellish the ideas that you'll have as,
as you know, playing this single note lead
in a, in a bluegrass style.
Now it's time for you to submit a video.
We've looked at exercise, the bluegrass
exercise one in G and D, and it's a,
it's a good bluegrass sounding kind of a
thing.
So what I'm looking for are you know,
again, we're talking about our, the
bigness of notes, smooth note value.
And this particular exercise has a lot of
slides and hammer-ons and, and
the way it sort of creates a bigger, an
attitude of Bluegrass sound.
Kind of a greasy Bluegrass kind of thing.
So I wanna be able to listen to this and
feel, feel what you're trying to do.
I, I'd like it to feel like music more
than an exercise.
And so, that's, those are things I'm gonna
be looking for as we
as we really sort of pursue advanced, you
know, music making with a flat pick.
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