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Bluegrass Guitar Lessons: “Soldier's Joy” (Advanced)

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[MUSIC]
Here's the B section of Soldier's Joy.
And one quick thing to cover, too.
I, I'm teaching this in an open C
position.
You'll hear it down there, but
you'll also see a lot of people play with
the capo on out of the D position.
And, you know, part of the you know as,
trying to be a, encouraging but
challenging teacher.
Getting your hands stronger in this
position will allow,
when you put the capo to play out a D.
You should notice a little bit of ease as
far as some of the stretching and
some of the just access.
And, and so that's, that's why I'm, I'm
teaching this out of open C position.
Out of just a basic sorta building block
idea of how to start Soldier's Joy.
So we'll dive right in.
We got two pick up notes with triplets.
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There's the whole first half.
And the reason I played it all together
like that, one of the things.
You can find tunes like this and a, and a
goal for an advanced
player is to build not only speed, but
build speed along with clarity and tone.
And a, a helpful thing with the B part of
Soldier's Joy is the melody.
Talk about how to sort of interpret fiddle
tunes.
And listening for how the fiddle tunes ri,
how the melodies rise and
fall in the basic sorta arc of the fiddle
tune.
And here is no exception all the melody
notes.
We can fall basically out of,
you know we're working out of two frets
and some open strings on the guitar.
And so it's not gonna stress our left
hands all that much.
And so in the interest of you know long
strings of eighth notes with a few
embellishments here.
It gives us this per, particular
arrangement, so jumping in again slowly.
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So
that's the first three bars there, just.
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Just sorta basically an exercise.
Those, those six notes.
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Now
the bar here with a little embellishment.
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All that does
rhythmically what I'm thinking is how to
set up the next next phrase.
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That's the reason that exists like that.
One more time.
[MUSIC]
Another thing to work, when you,
when you get these lines under your
fingers and you can play them slowly.
Start thinking more about the pulse of the
rhythm now.
We're gonna [SOUND] These, these melodies
really need to dance.
It doesn't to be.
[MUSIC]
Now that's all pick,
all sorta stiff picking.
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You know, I'm emphasizing the down beats.
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And on and on.
And, and so that's you know the basics for
the underlying rhythmic musical stuff
that's going on.
Over, you know, over emphasizing it a
little bit sorta helps you just feel it,
helps you feel the big pocket.
And so those are some of the things that
I'm thinking about.
So moving onto the back half.
it sets up a little
slide thing here.
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That's the move there.
You can isolate that.
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And
and then as you isolate it, build it back
into the melody.
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Moves like that should slide,
slide by fairly seamlessly.
Again, it's in this bigger picture of a
rhythmic idea.
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We don't want our playing to be choppy.
Part of the whole deal of, of speed and
clarity and tone is, is smoothness and
it's the sorta the goal for all this
stuff.
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Now we're moving into the next section
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It's kind of a repeat of everywhere
we've been so far.
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Now before we just kept on driving through
with eighth notes.
I'm gonna set up a whole ending phrase
now.
Which is gonna button up the whole B part
here of Soldier's Joy.
But again, we've just gotten our string of
eighth notes,
just kinda rocking through there.
And so
[MUSIC]
Little break in the action that
sets up this.
[MUSIC]
Very Doc Watson.
[MUSIC]
Very Doc Watson influenced kind of lick
right there, and the whole lick slowly
goes
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And a little shift change with a slide.
[MUSIC]
And, you know,
it's a multifaceted kinda little lick
because it allows us to get this
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You know,
kinda sassy little little half step.
[MUSIC]
Interval.
[MUSIC]
But
the open E also allows us to shift back
quickly.
[MUSIC]
Basically,
finish out the idea of the C spelling out
the C-chord.
[MUSIC]
Play the whole B part one more time.
You can play along.
Two, three.
[MUSIC]
So once again, you see a lot of notes
basically out of the same basic position,
same basic frets on the guitar.
So again we've, we've talked a lot about
getting our hands familiar, the, the,
the picking hand, the, and the fretting
hand muscle memory.
Those are all elements that are in play
when to comes to building speed and
just basic familiarity with a neck in
these melodies like that.
So, it's a great, great thing to practice.
Build slowly and build consistently.
And so what I'm gonna do now is play all
this.
All the way through a little quicker just
to give you an idea of where it's
all going.
Here with 85 beats a minute here's
Soldier's Joy AABB.
>> A one, two, three, four, a one, two,
three.
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>> Now it's time for you to submit a
video.
I'd like you to pick one of these tunes
that we've covered here in
the advanced section.
And send me a video of you playing it.
And I'll be able to give you some feedback
on what I see.
For advanced students, what I'm looking
for
are efforts to kinda build all these
things we're talking about.
These big musical concepts of speed, and
clarity, and tone, and,
and rhythmic power.
I really want to feel these songs.
I want to feel like that you understand
these songs.
And are able to deliver them in a strong
musical fashion.
And flat pick guitar is is just sorta
medium to use, you know,
just kinda, communicate some of these
bigger ideas that we're talking about.
And so, I look forward to seeing those,
and, good luck.
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