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Bluegrass Guitar Lessons: Introduction to Chord Theory

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[MUSIC]
I'm really excited about jumping now with
the advanced curriculum into this sort of
expanded concept of how to play rhythm.
We're gonna look at borrowing from what we
know about bluegrass rhythm and
the strength of being a bluegrass rhythm
player as far as the way you support these
songs, support singers support whoever's
playing a melody as,
from a rhythm guitar standpoint.
We're gonna borrow some from, some of the
theory that we've already
learned here with basic major scale kind
of concepts,
using a little more from swing and jazz
with scale-based harmonies.
Looking at how to connect and substitute
chords.
And what's fun about it is,
I, I look forward to kind of giving you
guys kind of a tool box.
Because I could, I could take a song and
sort of show you what I would do with it,
but I really want you guys to, to get a
sense of how I think and
how you can think too, look at these as
tools that you can apply.
And at that point, then you can really pay
attention to the dynamic that's
in a given moment and the melody and how
that melody is being sung or played.
And how to sort of tailor your rhythm in
the moment.
You almost improvise your rhythm, based on
what the moment is.
And it's a really fun thing to do, I love
doing that.
It's, it's a, it's a great thing about
fiddle tunes and bluegrass in general,
is sort of the freedom to be able to do
that.
And so you know, the goal here is to
develop a sense of how to use these tools
in existing tunes, and again, we're gonna
leave some traditional bluegrass songs,
some of this does indeed work in bluegrass
tunes.
A lot of the tunes we're gonna look at
though here are fiddle tunes.
And you know, that's sorta bor, again
borrow from Texas swing or
just swing rhythm in general and as it
applies back to these fiddle tunes.
And so really, really looking forward into
getting into this.
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