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Bluegrass Guitar Lessons: Bluegrass Guitar Etude (Key of C)

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[MUSIC]
We have an a, Bluegrass guitar atude here.
It's in the key of C.
And the purpose of this including this and
a few others like it, to explore some
ideas for soloing.
Sorta things that are common when you're
soloing out of the key of C in,
in the Bluegrass style.
And so the I'll play the atude one time
through and we'll talk about it.
[MUSIC]
All right.
A lot little nuggets in there you can, you
can pull from.
And the exercise stands on its own as well
as a good, just reminder for
some certain technique things and we'll
get into that.
Pretty much, once you get your, your, your
hand in the key of C and
on the C chord you can, we can jump in
there.
[MUSIC]
Right there
at the main third bar there first line the
goal there is to keep that C ringing.
Again we've talked about as we play in the
key of C get a lot of great.
[MUSIC]
Options for for cross picking and
things like that and sorta a little bit of
a cross picking.
Kind of a piece within this.
So we wanna keep that, that C ringing
through all that
[MUSIC]
And that's how you kinda, that's,
if it were not.
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You know, it's a little too stilted,
so we want our playing to be, you know,
smooth and, and allow these notes to ring.
Even though a lot of this playing we do in
Bluegrass you know,
you'll hear me play it real fast.
And my goal again is to try make notes
that ring.
And and that's where, you know, solid
technique plays, plays heavily there, so.
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Down to the open G.
And the same idea now.
[MUSIC]
And
that'll it, hopefully, will stretch your
left hand.
[SOUND] Hopefully, you've been working a
lot of the the scale forns forms and
things that we've work, we've been talking
about.
That's working through the F, the F right
there.
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That's on an E-flat and an F-7.
[MUSIC]
But again, we want as,
as much of that to ring as possible.
[MUSIC]
And now we're moving on to a,.
[SOUND] To G.
[MUSIC]
Now here's more of an idea.
[MUSIC]
And then we move into more of a,
what Doc Watson, you know,
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You've heard him play that a million
times, and hear that is in, in this atude.
[MUSIC]
And
again, we've talked about position
shifting.
And, that's how to keep this smooth, this
idea right here.
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When you play that up stroke
on the open E.
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That sets up for the down stroke on the,
on the first fret C.
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And then finishing the lick.
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Little bluesy thing right there.
[MUSIC]
And that, that sorta answers the,
the phrase earlier in G.
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From that flatted third to the open B.
The third of the
[MUSIC]
And there it is again.
[MUSIC]
So just in the, in the first half of this
thing we've covered a lotta, lotta what
we're talking about here.
And my curriculum and, and just in general
approach to, to playing Bluegrass guitar.
[SOUND] And so that kinda winds us into
the first half.
[MUSIC]
Now,
one of the most used runs in the key of C
for Bluegrass guitar is this.
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Little chromatic deal from the open,
open low E.
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You can apply that in, into rhythm.
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You'll hear that, you know, for
years and years of Bluegrass recording,
people will do that.
So it's it serves a purpose here in this
atude to get us into the second half.
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I'll basically all this again
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And then,
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Into the down beat.
I'll play it one more time through a
little faster.
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