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Bluegrass Guitar Lessons: “My Home Across the Blue Ridge Mountains” (Basic)

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[MUSIC]
There's a great tune for
rhythm study in the basic curriculum, My
Home Across the Blue Ridge Mountains.
One and two and one, two, three.
[MUSIC]
All right.
It's a great old song.
One of the neat things about this tune,
and
a lot of other tunes that are kind of like
it, is it has two chords.
That you'll find a lot of songs in the
Bluegrass repertoire and
folk music repertoire that have two
chords, and so they're great songs to
kind of just get used to playing rhythm in
this kind of style.
There's not a lot to worry about with
changes.
The main changes in this song are G and D.
[MUSIC]
One of the thing I chose to do, as,
you know, with the walking base concept,
as we use that, walking to the D cord.
[MUSIC]
Up, but
we're still sort of in this G scale.
[MUSIC]
So two-note walk.
[MUSIC]
Into the downbeat.
And those are all rest strokes.
Coming from my pick right there.
[MUSIC]
And then back to G.
[MUSIC]
You could play that with no walks.
You can check out where I put them.
Feel free to, to try different walks and
the different chords.
Within this tune here, you know, you can
choose to use them or not.
It's sort of up to you,
as, as a rhythm player, when do you use
these kind of things.
They do a, a great job for establishing
the rhythm.
And, again, just sort of furthering the
concept of where the downbeat falls.
It's a powerful rhythmic tool, this
walking bass.
So, it's a great old tune.
I hope you enjoy playing it.
[MUSIC]