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Electric Country Guitar Lessons: Outlining Chord Changes: The 1-3-5 Method

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[MUSIC]
Okay, friends,
welcome back here.
You know what we're gonna do now,
we're gonna talk about something here,
which I call the one three five method.
And this is something that's
gonna be like an introductory,
to playing over chord changes and
outlining chord changes.
This is just a fundamental that
I think is really really good.
It changed my life, and it's something
you can apply once you learn it.
I'm not gonna go through all the keys.
I might do a couple, but
basically we're gonna do G.
Because we've got the G, we could start
here and then work down the neck.
But basically, this is kind of like
the beginnings of starting to learn
how to play around the chord changes and
outlining chord changes.
So super important,
as far as I'm concerned for sure.
So what we're gonna do,
we're just gonna jump in here.
And what we're gonna do is we're gonna
play basically outlining G [SOUND],
C [SOUND] and [SOUND] D.
And we're gonna go up three octaves,
we're gonna go this G, this G and this G.
And we're gonna cover outlining the 1,
3, 5 in G, C and D.
So here's what we'll do.
We're gonna start on the G
note with my middle finger.
[SOUND] And then I'm gonna play the three,
which is B, with my first finger [SOUND],
and then five,
[SOUND] with my little finger, which is D.
So basically, we're outlining
[SOUND] the G chord, G major chord.
And we're using these notes, one, three,
five, which is G, B, and D.
That's your triad notes for
making a chord.
So this triad right here, [SOUND],
that's your major third B,
your five is D, and your one is G.
[SOUND] Same here.
[SOUND] One, three, five,
it's just in different places right here.
[SOUND] Five, one, three.
[SOUND] And right here,
[SOUND] one, three, five.
So that's how you look at those triads and
the different parts of that chord.
So to outline that,
we're gonna do this position right here,
it's almost like a base line, but
that exercise is just gonna be,
again, in G one, three, five,
moving down to C, same pattern.
[SOUND] And then going to D,
[SOUND], or excuse me, [SOUND].
And then G here,
now starting on this note,
[MUSIC].
And then C, [SOUND] out of that position,
your A position, C chord.
[MUSIC]
One, three, five.
Your D position,
[MUSIC].
And then back to your G,
[MUSIC].
So that's right out of
your D-shaped G chord.
So again, we'll do the whole thing.
[MUSIC]
That's
playing over these
chords
[MUSIC],
all the way up in three
different octaves.
So now what I wanna do
is take that concept and
move it up to your next position rather,
your C-shaped G right here
[MUSIC].
So we're gonna do it again right here.
So we're starting out of this shape,
[SOUND] and we're just gonna do it again,
one, three, five,
go to C out of this position.
One, three, five, D,
one, three, five, so
[MUSIC].
And now we're playing out
of this shape [SOUND].
So the same shapes you did in C and
D down here, [SOUND].
we're gonna do it in G right there.
So again
[MUSIC].
And right here,
[MUSIC]
right back to your G.
So that is a great great great exercise.
Cuz that totally outlines those chords.
So
[MUSIC],
right?
And then here
[MUSIC].
Okay, now what you can do is map that out,
in as many different ways
that you can possibly do it.
So I'll do open,
let's do open here
[MUSIC].
So that ends on your G chord.
So here
[MUSIC],
I'm just hitting open,
open D,
[MUSIC],
right?
So
[MUSIC]
that's your open,
[SOUND] position there.
And then you can do,
you could do it like this
[MUSIC].
Any way you can map out that one,
three, five on your fretboard.
And this is the way you would do that,
this is a pretty big jump [SOUND],
but it does help you visualize that.
And all I'm doing is playing
B here instead of there.
And it helps you also see
which notes are repeating,
like that B there,
B there, B there, there,
excuse me, there, so
[MUSIC].
So all these notes repeat a lot.
And that's one thing that's interesting
about the guitar, is there is so
much repeating the octaves.
There's a G there,
G there, G there, G there,
G there, G there, G there,
G there, so Open G.
So once you start seeing this
stuff happen over and over again,
it starts getting instilled in
your brain and it's really good.
You could do it here 1, 3, 5
[MUSIC],
Anywhere there's a 1, 3,
5 you can map these out like that.
But this pattern I really like,
because it just shows you [SOUND]
right how to outline those chords.
And I like when you slide up
[MUSIC]
to D,
[SOUND], your hand
position is right there.
So If you're playing
[MUSIC]
some licks like that or something,
your hand is gonna be
in the right position.
It just is a great exercise.
[MUSIC]
So we're mapping
that out as much as
we possibly can.
Anything you practice,
try to do it in time,
either to a drum machine, a metronome.
These backing tracks are great,
all these backing tracks were cut
to a click track in Nashville,
so they're gonna be in time.
If anything's moving around,
it's probably you,
even though you might think you're
metronome's broken, it probably isn't.
But that's a great way to practice.
Because the more you play in time to a
click track, a metronome, a drum machine,
a shaker sound,
whatever is the most pleasing to you.
Play along to some records,
play along to the backing tracks.
That's gonna be the way to do it,
cuz you'll start instilling that timen and
you'll get better and
you won't even know it.
It will just be happening.
If you wanna further expand on this one,
three,
five exercise,
which I think is a fantastic fundamental,
we're gonna add some stuff to that in
the intermediate section with this theory.
And this'll be really cool,
we're gonna outline the dominant
seven chord coming up here.
So I hope you enjoyed that, and trust me,
this is a really important fundamental.
So thanks a lot you guys.
[MUSIC]