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Bluegrass Guitar Lessons: Bluegrass Guitar (Key of G) - Exercise 2

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Here's another bluegrass guitar exercise.
And it's a good one for remembering about,
we talked about a lot about minor
pentatonic blues notes in bluegrass.
And sort of the attitude behind bluegrass
and how to apply that in to soloing.
And so, here's an exercise with a lot of
these ideas in it you can steal.
And a lot, we talk about the grace notes,
we think about almost how to make these
bluegrass solos, feel kind,
kind of bluesy and lonesome, when you hear
when you hear Ralph Stanley sing,
when you hear Bill Monroe and, and Jimmy
Martin, and you hear that kinda.
The high lonesome sound they call it.
And so this is going to be an exercise.
It's kind of based out of a, a G minor
pentatonic form.
It sort of,
it goes through some of the three shapes
that we've talked about, and and
another thing to remember about this is,
again it's a good reminder to think about.
Solid down beats.
So when you start this just play a little
we're thinking about that rhythmic picking
hand to make this as smooth as possible,
because it kind of climbs up through the
neck of the finger board.
At the, the climbs up through the notes on
the neck.
Immediately starts with some
position shifting
So it's a huge ascending line there.
From here,
To here.
all keeping within that kinda minor
A bluesy, bluegrass kind of feel.
One more time
You know the whole thing kind of builds to
that point,
but within that it's still got that, a
bunch of eighth notes in here tied
together with, with slides of hammer on
And on a powerful big G there.
And once again this as you read through
this always remember the solid down beats
that, that fit within this bigger sort of
sense of how these rhythmic patterns work.
With, within the notes that, that we're
gonna go through here.
So one time through I'll do it slowly
again and
lets do it with a metronome in 80 beats a
get a little rhythm going, fall into the
So another thing to think about.
You've got this breakdown, this descending
section here.
With all the slides.
Where it sort of shifts back through some
of the positions here.
So from up here
And there's we're in our really Tony Rice
And minor pentatonic kinda sound,
with all the slides and the, and the
attitude from the the color notes.
So there's a lots of little nuggets to
pull from that, you can apply it to
But learn this,
learn this as it climbs from the bottom of
the neck down to the top.
And and back down and it's a, it's a good
practice for,
for feeling how those, how those bluesy
bluegrass notes and
a where a lot of that attitude can can
come from on the guitar.
Now, here's your chance to show me how
how you're doing with this exercise,
exercise two, this bluegrass exercise.
And you know, again the purpose of this is
it sorta runs through.
Some of the the major sort of bluegrass
positions on the guitar.
And, and certainly it's, it's an example
of different note choice
note choices that you can, you could use
for soloing.
And so what I'm liking, what I'd like to
see is that you're sort of,
you look comfortable, with those positions
on the neck of the guitar.
And so, you learn to a point where you can
memorize it basically.
And I'll be able to, to tell if, if you're
comfortable with all those shift changes.
There's lots of slides up and slides down.
And it's, it's a pretty involved exercise
from low to high so, overall looking for
smoothness and also because it's,
it, it's more in the Bluegrass sound, I'm
looking for a bit of attitude.
And, and the way the notes sound.
Again, it, it shouldn't sound so much like
a, an exercise.
It should, it should feel like a piece of
So we're gonna be looking into some of
those deeper concepts here and
I'll be able to give you some feedback
based on what I see.