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Bluegrass Guitar Lessons: “Turkey in the Straw” (Advanced)

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We're gonna
jump into our batch of tunes here in the
advanced section with Turkey in the Straw.
For all the advanced students that are
jumping into this
I would suggest you go check out the basic
and the intermediate versions.
You're gonna see how we, how we're
how we're embellishing these melodies.
And so and you'll also notice that there's
rhythm tracks,
backing tracks at four different tempos.
And that's so you can sort of, advanced
players could probably take this version.
What I'm gonna do is I'm gonna present it
all the way through at the slower 65 beats
a minute.
With a, with that backing track.
And just, an then pro, and teach it that
And then we'll talk about you know, what
happens when you speed it up.
So, here's Turkey in the Straw, its AABB
form, at 65 beats a minute.
Three, go.
All right, there's a lot going on in
that version.
We'll start with the A part with this
And you'll notice one of the main main
things that have,
that have changed now as we, you know,
move into heavier ways to play these tunes
we're, we're combining lots bigger strings
of eighth notes now.
So, hopefully our technique is, is up to a
point where we need less,
need less space and we're able to create
these big kind of pictures of a flat pick
sort of sound.
That's one of the, you know, the classic
sounds of Doc Watson and
all these guys that were able to, always
been able you know make these, you know,
beautiful, you know, cascading sort of
sense of how these notes can fall and, and
our goal is to make these real strong so.
Jump right in with a bunch of eighth
notes, eight notes to up and
down picking pattern.
And then some
hammer ons to sort of smooth things out as
we go up with that G pentatonic form.
And one of the things I put in here is the
option to kinda let a lot of these strings
ring through this second line here.
It's one of the reasons
again harkening back to all the earlier
lessons of, of keeping one of the reasons
that we keep our hands off bridge is that
strings don't get muted that.
You know that could be used for, you know,
embellishing these kinda things.
More rhythmic lead playing leads to you
know, these kinda passages like this.
those strings ringing within that melody.
That, that ends the melody and then what
I've got here is some, some quick little
pick up notes back into the repeat.
You know what,
what we're doing now is we're getting
creating basically you'll notice in the,
in the tab there's sort of this endless
stream of eighth notes.
But our goal is to try to make them feel
as good and feel as rhythmic and
as smooth as possible, so.
So that get's us through the the A part of
Turkey in the Straw, and again if you want
to work on this,
you know, we're building speed here in
advice flat picking.
But we want to build slowly, so
that's why there, there's four different
metronome settings.
And, and rhythm tracks to work with here,
and so hopefully you can, you know,
as you build through start with and go and
work through each one and I bet as you,
as you get faster you'll notice different
stresses, dif, at different points
where it's harder to keep up and so that's
why, you know, I always.
Encourage you to work slowly and, and take
your time with this kind of stuff.
And so, now we'll get to the B section