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Bluegrass Guitar Lessons: “Red Haired Boy” (Advanced)

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>> Jumping
into the B Part of Red Haired Boy the
melody is, as we know it.
[MUSIC]
And so the way we're
gonna embellish that is with a quick
little hammer-on pull-off kind of a thing.
[MUSIC]
And that's,
again, something you'll find that occurs a
lot in, you know,
more advanced forms of flatpicking, little
things like that.
But again.
[SOUND] You know, we wanna keep that
steady, loose rhythmic sense of what,
what that bar should feel like.
[MUSIC]
So you may wanna just isolate that.
[MUSIC]
Moving on.
[MUSIC]
So
what's going on right there is I'm
choosing a little more of a glide of 8th
notes through that.
[MUSIC]
I
lose c
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And how that cross picking thing
kinda smooths that out all of sudden and
sets up the idea for,
now returning back to the sort of the head
or the, or the A melodic idea.
That the basic theme of what's going on
here.
So, from one more time for the B.
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Once again, to get a lot,
the reason that sounds smooth is I'm
keeping my index finger down.
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Into the downbeat.
[MUSIC]
And
back into the, back into that little move
again.
[MUSIC]
Now to get back into the.
[MUSIC]
The repeat of the B section which is where
we're gonna go, I'm gonna put in a little
trick that I use a lot.
You, you guys may have heard me to this
which is a series of hammer-ons.
[MUSIC]
And the effect of it,
when you can get it really clean, and you
know, again, the whole idea behind it are,
you know, basically down strokes with a
pick.
[SOUND]
[MUSIC]
When you play that kind of
stuff up to speed.
[MUSIC]
Again, with our basic idea of what
a hammer-on should be, if you get this
even dynamical notes, even volume.
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So, I'm actually thinking as rhythmically
with my left hand, as I am with the pick
at that point.
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And
that's how you make those things really
clean and powerful, so.
[MUSIC]
It kind of sets up into the downbeat
of the repeat of the B.
[MUSIC]
We choose to end with a little more bluesy
Irish or Scottish sounding kinda move as
opposed.
[MUSIC]
Just another way to put a little,
little personal stamp on the on the ending
phrase.
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Once again, all those,
all those note choices for me and the way,
the way I choose those things,
whether I'm soloing or or making
arrangements to tunes like this.
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You know, what I'm thinking mainly is how,
how the how, what this melody feels like
to me, and, and
that's basically a statement that I want
to make there.
I wanna end, end strong.
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With basically the melody.
[MUSIC]
But,
but feeling like it's got the, the sense
that those kind of notes.
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With a flat seven back into the one.
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And then,
sorta statement of sorta bluesy kind of
power which, you know, is Bluegrass.
So that's the the B part of Red Haired
Boy.
I'll play it now, we got two or a, we got
four rhythm tracks you can download and
try for these things.
And again, that's for advanced players
should check out some of the the more
basic versions in order to build speed and
clarity.
I always encourage more advanced to find a
simpler version of a tune and
use that to help build speed as opposed to
jumping in with something like this
immediately to start building speed.
You know, work towards this.
And so I'll play this at 85 beats a minute
here with a rhythm track.
And here we go.
>> A one, two, three, four.
One, two, three.
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