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Bluegrass Guitar Lessons: Unlocking the Three Shapes

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[MUSIC]
In
the intermediate section, I introduced a
concept of the three shapes.
And the three shapes, for a quick review
it's a way that I look at the fingerboard.
We've talked a lot about patterns and
about how patterns repeat themselves
especially as improvisation is concerned
with bluegrass and playing fiddle tunes.
In the intermediate section has some
exercises there that basically help you,
sort of, understand where the, where the,
what the concept of the three shapes,
where it comes from, some exercises to
kind of,
kind of get your fingers used to what
those feel like and look like.
That is the purpose of those exercises,
but we are going to take it a step further
here in the advanced curriculum by
uncovering some specific usage and
showing each one of these shapes,
they are kind of like keys that unlock
sections of the fingerboards.
We are going to learn how to look at the
fingerboard
when you find yourself in a position, you
know, where you don't feel so you know,
lost and how they can kind of relate to
themselves and
relate to maybe one tonal center up and
down the three different locations.
Or possibly a one, four, five relationship
in one singular location.
And then we're also gonna look at and how
to connect those.
So it's, it's really using those three
shapes up and
down the fingerboard and finding how they
can kinda occur and reoccur.
We use it for improvisation and finding
notes up and down the neck.
And it really leads to a, a fuller
awareness of the fingerboard.
And it's, and it's a good way to, to kinda
again, look at patterns on
the fingerboard and you know, open the
door to what can happen musically.
You know, again, we, just with patterns
with our picks and
patterns with our scales and muscle
memory.
It all leads to us being comfortable
playing with acoustic guitar
to explore more musical ideas.
And we feel like we can get some of the
more technical things out of the way and,
and, and sorta worked on and, and
automatic.
And where they feel more, inev, inevitable
then,
then you can start thinking more about the
music at hand.
So I really look forward to diving in
deeper with this.
So hang on.
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