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Bluegrass Guitar Lessons: “Decision at Glady Fork” (Advanced)

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a version of Decision at Glady Fork.
I'm going to first play this at 105 beats
a minute and then we'll talk about it.
It's one I wrote probably about 12 years
ago or so
and kind of works a lot of the bluesy
aspect of bluegrass.
You know, we talk a lot about you know
basic minor pentatonic forms.
Out, out of the G, G position.
So this is just a,
you know, a big sort of it's a blaster
It's usually played a lot faster but I'm
breaking it down here for, for
you guys to just notice a few things about
this tune and,
and how some patterns kind of repeat
And, and when it comes to soloing over
things like this you know,
how you can sort of use those same kinds
of patterns.
So to talk through the tab we've basically
got what makes
up the first part of this tune is kind of
aggressive sounding G run.
Kind of hammering on the,
the, just that G note right there.
That's the first phrase.
And then there's a repeat in over a D.
And then that idea is repeated.
It's the first two phrases and
then I've got this big descending line
which is again all,
all out of this sort of the, the the
B-flat pentatonic, G-minor pentatonic.
Which gets us to the C.
This basic form here.
[SOUND] It's kind of carried again and
this idea of kind of repeating things.
Where patterns are important like this.
I mean this, again, I mentioned earlier,
this tune
was recorded around 140 beats a minute so
it's you know, it's a barn burner.
And so it's good to trust these patterns
in a tune this fast.
You know, as, as you work on a tune like
this and work on scale forms and, and how
melody forms up and down the neck, kinda,
kinda grow and, and create muscle memory.
You can use that you know, for building
speed, building power for
bluegrass and really.
Really be effective and
strong as a player.
So that gets us through the basic first
half of the first section.
Once again.
And right back into it.
That sets up another little ending phrase.
So that's the, the basic idea.
The little, two extra little beats there
that kind of just add a little interest.
And, and sort of launch us into, into the
B section.
So now we're going to there's not a lot of
melody in the B section.
It's mainly you see a lot of that in
bluegrass tunes,
especially some of the faster bluegrass
banjo tunes.
You know,
more traditional kind of things where
it's, you just got a rolling going on.
And it's fast.
And, and that's, that's what we do.
I've, I've, I've made this
b-part in this tab here as, as close to
what I feel that I played on the record,
that I would feel, you know, for a
definitive version of this melody.
again it just kind of works out of those
basic blues ideas.
Starts on D.
So we're kind of thinking of D7.
And those blues notes starting on the
flatted third.
And the C kind of exists to just get you
to G.
And again you see that.
You see that a lot in, in, in, you know,
more faster, more aggressive bluegrass
moves like that.
Using open strings to pivot some of
these slides.
And we talked earlier in other tunes
especially in the advanced curriculum
about shifting and
using open strings and, and
here it definitely serves it's purpose to
kind of keep the power and the speed up.
kind of a, a repeat of that, sort of, D to
C move.
That time on
the C just adding a little bit of
character with this octave jump.
[SOUND] From the measure before there at
Sort of finishes up
the first half of that B section.