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Bluegrass Guitar Lessons: “Give Me Back My 15 Cents” (Advanced)

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Here's Give Me Back My 15 Cents,
gonna be in a key of C playing at the
advanced level,
as compared to the basic and the
You should check out both versions at this
point for any advanced player.
It's a great old song.
What I'm gonna do first is just play the
whole thing,.
And in this lesson go
through the A part
of some of the stuff that
we're using to embellish and hopefully
support the melody, the tune like this.
So here it is at 65 beats a minute.
1, 2, 3.
All right.
It's a great old song.
Good melody.
It's really to good to apply a lot of what
we're talking about with the,
with the all the flat picking techniques
and embellishments and
really building powerful solos.
And inversions of songs so with this
because again-
One of the great things to employ
when you're working out of the key of C
and these-
These positions are just a lot of great
built in kind of cross picking ideas.
So we jump right in with this one to
So the melody behind that is.
All right.
And so and the way we're embellishing that
with the, with the cross pick
I notice one of the things the
The, the, the, we talk about,
we've talked about phrasing and how to
sort of recognize where melodies are going
and, and understanding the arc of these
fiddle tunes.
And when it comes to thinking about how
you're gonna apply it for
a guitar version it's things to remember.
Earl Scruggs always tried to play the
melody when he,
when he came up with all these great roll
versions of, of songs on the banjo.
And it's things, it's ideas like this so,
in our version of the melody
Or whatever.
That, but that, that E note is on the and
of one of that bar.
the way you can build a roll around that.
And so it, as,
as you play that, you can kind of feel,
and you've got a quarter note right there
on beat three, which sort of finishes the
it picks back up into the rest of the
that's a lot of kind of filler information
on the F chord.
So the melody just does that.
Sort of things out there for the bar.
But sort of what we're doing is kind of
starting a roll, and
then allowing the roll to sort of finish
itself off to,
to launch us into the downbeat of the next
And so it's
one way to treat that bar as opposed to.
kind of A real even dynamic through it.
Which is okay, but think about this.
Hear that,
I kind of had a ramp down kind of a,
dynamic down, and ramp back up.
You know,
we're using this different, different tone
grab a different tone from the strings on
the guitar to make the idea a little more
solid, a little more musical.
Through that stuff again.
That's one big idea for the last phrase.
one of the things that carries through all
that is the index finger.
Talked about that a lot with the cross
picking and the key of C.
that early exercise in the intermediate
section deals with that.
That's how that melody falls down.
then once again through the A part as we
read through.
So, lot of interesting stuff to work on
We'll get to the B section in the next