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Bluegrass Guitar Lessons: “Wildwood Flower” (Advanced)

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[MUSIC]
Gonna
look at Wildwood Flower here in the
advanced section.
Sorta as a, as a cross-picking study in
and
of itself, using the melody of Wildwood
Flower.
And and
some of the lotta the cross-picking that
we've talked about all through the site.
Really sorta putting things to the test
and, and
creating a challenging version for a
basically simple melody.
But, but nonetheless a very interesting
way to play a tune like this.
So I'll, I'll play the whole thing through
at 75 beats a minute and
then we'll talk about it.
[SOUND] One, two, three.
[MUSIC]
All right, a lot of challenge there.
Keeping that cross picking momentum going.
We mentioned in the, in some of the cross
picking exercises here the,
the great George Shuffler.
And so, this is a little bit of the way
that he would approach a tune like this.
We mentioned different ways to think about
cross picking with
the standard alternating pick stroke,
down, up, down, up, down, up.
And you can, you can play a lot of this
with that standard style.
But part of the sorta thinking and
making this arrangement here is to sorta
use some of the Shuffler approach.
Where you, you kinda are,
are bound to it a little more to make the
melody really pop as it, as it should.
So I'll show you a couple of points down,
down, as we go.
Starting with just some pick up notes.
[MUSIC]
That launches into the downbeat of A.
Immediately get into some cross picking.
[MUSIC]
So that, that rolls that whole melody.
[MUSIC]
Got some hammer ons,
and we just keeping this basic eighth note
and there's a, the new challenge of the,
the 16th hammer on
[MUSIC]
Which that really sorta that's where the,
the Shuffler style really sorta actually
become kinds of a help for for me.
At least so to kinda feel that
[MUSIC]
Two down strokes in a row,
the down, down up.
[MUSIC]
Kinda provides, you know,
we talk about trusting this certain sorta,
the, the, just the rhythmic groove.
Just the, the pocket of our playing,
learning to feel that.
And there's a certain way that, that, that
style of crosspicking just feels that,
that makes a melody like this really pop.
You know again I'll show you with a basic
alternating pick for, for
crosspicking it's a good smooth legato
way.
[MUSIC]
With the Shuffler style Shuffler style.
[MUSIC]
Notice how the melody kinda pops more.
It's all those down strokes.
[MUSIC]
I'll let you sorta choose.
You can kinda it's good to know how to do
both.
And so, I'm not gonna endorse one over the
other.
But but really en-,
endorse the idea that for
advanced students to be aware of, of when
it's good to use one or the other.
That's, that's really the key.
It's sorta looking at these things.
They are like tools.
And you know, gaining this, you know,
knowledge and, and, and
a sense of what kinda, kinda feels best to
do.
To really make the melody work.
You know, this is a, it's a real advanced
way to play a tune like Wildwood Flower.
But, you know, still we wanna make this
melody really speak for, for our listener.
[MUSIC]