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Bluegrass Guitar Lessons: “Over the Waterfall” (Basic)

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Here's a great old tune
called Over the Waterfall.
Here at the basic level,
there's some neat things we'll talk about
how to get through this tune smoothly.
First, I'll play the tune here at 70 beats
a minute.
One, two, three, go.
All right, pretty straight-ahead version.
Nice little number, there.
Two things to point out in this tune, is
gonna work on some,
what we're gonna work on a lot of this
curriculum here is smooth transitions.
We're gonna cover rhythmic picking hand
and smooth left hand.
It's all this solid technique building
that we're gonna try to do here.
And one of the key concepts at play in
this little version of this tune here,
it's fairly simple sounding.
But there's a of couple things to be aware
of to make these notes ring
as much as they need, and in order to get,
you know,
to get your left hand in the right
So I'll just talk through from the start
One thing you're going to realize
immediately for a basic or someone that's
new to this style of guitar playing.
A beginner.
Its gonna require you to, we talked about
these scale forms.
We're gonna.
When you use four frets,
starting on the second fret, four fingers,
and we need a finger per fret,
so this maybe a stretch, but its a good
tune to work on to build muscles.
So, from the first measure.
Here's the first phrase.
And, the thing I'll stress about this, and
you'll hear me continue to stress this is
I wanna hear lots of ringing notes.
So, anytime you see an open note on the
I like that to ring as much as it can.
Here all that rings?
And then it repeats.
Now on the first time we
played that passage, we played the second
fret with our index finger right there.
But if you look beyond that, what's going
to come up,
we're going to move to the C chord.
So we need to get from this position here,
to here.
So we got an open second string, the B.
So we're going to use that to transition
and shift our left hand down to this first
So from the bar before it.
That's a real important move.
You play that whole bar basically with the
second finger of your left hand.
That sets up this.
Now we're here for the rest of this A
That gets us through the A section.
I'll play it one more time from that bar
before the transition bar.
That basically, gets us to a G.
And then we pick back up for the repeat.
There's the A part.
And moving on to the B.
We're going to get back into this position
we're going to use more notes sort of in
the meat of the fingerboard here.
We're going to use a
as opposed to this.
This version of it.
Now we're going to work out of here.
There's a good
opportunity to really get some notes
And repeat.
To the last bar, alright.
So it's an example of how a relatively
simple sounding tune can offer,
always offer something to work on.
You know, in this case here, the little
shift from this kinda position,
back to our first position, basically
second to first.
And learning how open strings can help us
make these smooth transitions.
And as you work through this curriculum,
you'll see that happening more and more.
And the goal here is to create these big
pictures of notes,
these big phrases and streams of notes.
We want our playing to be more linear and
smooth as opposed to just more up and
down and just feel like one note after the
So it's a great little tune to work on,
I look forward to hearing how you're doing
with it.