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Bluegrass Guitar Lessons: “Cry Cry Darlin” (Basic)

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I got a tune here for
some basic rhythm studies, it's a great
classic, Cry Cry Darlin by Jimmy C Newman.
Bill Monroe cut this song back in the
I'll play it through once and then we'll
talk about a couple things.
One, two, three, one, two.
All right.
This is a slow waltz.
Mournful number and for bluegrass rhythm,
we're using the basic boom chuck approach
that we've talked about for the waltz.
There's one boom and two chucks is
basically the rule there,
as opposed to you know 4/4 time or 2/4
time song of-
we create the waltz
timing with the
You know, the one, two, there's three
beats to every measure, one, two,
three, four.
A key to playing a rhythm like this
solidly in bluegrass is, again,
trusting that rest stroke that we talked
Each one of those the booms of the boom
chuck approach again,
is, is a strong rest stroke on the low E
The song's in G, so our,
our first chord is G.
I'm allowing the pick to rest on the fifth
string, the A string under it.
And then, and
then bringing it up in time for the, for
the for the strums.
Coming off the guitar a little bit, still
using my forearm.
I'm feeling this rhythm all through my
I'm not using my wrist, and I'm allowing
the whole arm to sort of come through and
play those bass notes strongly.
Another thing that happened,
this song's in two parts.
As it approached the second part, it
starts on the D chord.
I did a little walk.
And so we’ve got three notes to the bar,
one, two, three, one.
And two,
in that first part I came off the D chord.
instead of two strums that time, I used a,
a walking bass move.
Just up the G scale.
And that's you know,
it's a simple scale based walk.
But it's effective because it really it
lets the player lets the listeners know
that you know, this is, you know, the end
of a section.
And so
any time you can kinda set those moments
up, it's a good thing.
But I did the same thing, there's, this,
the form of this is sort of a verse and
then a chorus.
And at the end of the chorus, it kind of
repeats half of the verse again.
This time, so there is one, two,
three, one, two, three, one.
it's another walk into the C chord just
moving straight up the scale.
Those are all down strokes,
all rest strokes.
What makes acoustic guitar project for
notes like that the is, is the rest stroke
and the fact that your,
your pick is sort of coming from outside.
It's not this.
I can play those hard, and
I can make them loud, but it's using more
of the natural weight of my arms in time.
Allows me to produce a bigger
more similar in volume but a, but a better
sounding note with actually less pressure.
I'm just, what I'm thinking about is
staying in that solid, nice slow rhythm.
So, the only other thing to talk about in
Cry, Cry Darling,
just make you aware of the A7 chord that's
in the chorus.
It starts with the D chord, back to G.
And then there's this A.
So it's a great old tune there.
Enjoy playing it and good luck.