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Bluegrass Guitar Lessons: “Little Maggie” (Basic)

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[MUSIC]
Here's a tune for
the basic curriculum for rhythm study.
That's the classic Bluegrass number Little
Maggie.
[MUSIC]
All right, good Stanley Brothers number
there.
This one has a little tempo.
It's a faster tune.
It's usually played a lot faster than
that.
We've got it at more of a slow jam tempo
here for practicing and
discovering some concepts.
First being this F chord is new at this
point, but you find a lot of
tunes in bluegrass, this song's in the key
of G that use the F chord,
which is the ring finger on the third fret
of the D string,
the middle finger on the second fret of
the third string, and
then the index finger on the first fret of
the second string.
[MUSIC]
And then there's this other F note,
which you get from barring.
[MUSIC]
With your index finger the first fret of
the second and first string.
So it's this kind of sound.
[MUSIC]
So.
[MUSIC]
Bringing it back to the tune Little Maggie
a, a challenge here as with all fast songs
are to is to maintain this,
this good solid sense of boom chuck
rhythm.
And so, you'll notice that as I'm playing
the transition from the D chord.
[MUSIC]
I'm already moving my hand back to,
back to, back to the G position.
[MUSIC]
There's the F.
The D's kind of quick.
So there's, you have to be aware of those
kinds of things but the goal,
what I'd like you to feel is that those,
those downbeats are consistent.
That's as you're right hand plays those
good solid rest strokes, you're picking
hand plays those good solid rest strokes
[MUSIC]
And it's not so much about ringing the,
in those transition moments, it's not so
much about ringing the full chord.
[MUSIC]
That's a, the, you know, forces your,
your fretting hand to kind of stay a
little too long.
And it's okay to, we're looking for
mainly is a consistent boom chuck kind of
rhythm stroke.
You know and sometimes certain notes of
the chord will be muted at faster tempos.
You know just because there's, you know,
there's less amount of time to this shifts
so its what's more important for
blue grass is the fact that the base and
boom, and the boom and
the chuck as a result of the boom, are
consistent and you know if it.
[SOUND] If just that, you'll notice guys
like Dale McCoury and some of the great
blue grass rhythm players, when they're
playing really fast, this may just be.
[MUSIC]
You know,
they're really emphasizing those,
those downbeats cuz that's really what
translates these songs from,
from a rhythm guitar standpoint, is is
that strong downbeat.
So so good luck with Little Maggie, and I
hope you enjoy it.
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