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So after covering a lot of these
fundamental chords, we're getting ready to
get into like a rhythm
style here that's almost
like a bar chord kind of
thing that we're gonna do.
And we're gonna get into some
different pickup sounds and
stuff to eventually, too.
This style that I'm getting ready to
explain here, I call it the Luther Perkins
style which is, he played guitar in
Johnny Cash's band in the Tennessee Three.
He had a really unique rhythm style that
almost doubled what the bass was doing.
Had some of these syncopations that
we'll get into in the intermediate and
advanced segments as well.
But I wanted to incorporate this
because it's a great fundamental for
a rhythm style that is involved
in country guitar a lot.
And when I say country guitar,
I mean going back to the 50s and
60s of what we consider in Nashville to
be like, the real roots of country music.
And he played a Telecaster, and
a lot of this stuff is
based on the right hand.
So, there are some syncopations, and I'll
give you an example that you don't have to
play this right now, but
I'll show you what this sounds like.
And then we're gonna work out of the major
chord shapes that we just did, but
we're gonna eliminate the three.
Which is the major third and we'll get
into that later on too in the future
lessons, describing a little bit more
about the chord theory and how that works.
But right now, [COUGH] we're gonna cover
these what I call block chords and
it's basically you're taking.
The one and the five, which is an E,
this would be the B and the E, and
you're just gonna bar those.
You're gonna bar those two,
which is gonna be the B and
the E on the A string and
the D string, on the second fret.
So this is gonna sound,
it's gonna be this part.
Of the E chord.
So it will just be these
two notes of the E chord.
And what that sounds like is this.
Just one, five, and one.
E, B, and E again.
And what he did was he played this rhythm
style and I'm gonna go to my middle
pick up, which we're gonna explain
all this stuff in the future, too.
But this is going from the front
pick up which is a warm sound
to the middle pick up which is a
It's a little more of a percussive sound,
The first one is just this E chord,
and what he did was he would play
a rhythm pattern that sounded like this.
Very cool.
And it was percussive,
it worked well with the bass, and
kind of defined that early Johnny Cash
sound, which I think is very cool.
And Luther Perkins was very cool.
But now we're gonna get into
this stuff too here coming up.
Right now I wanna continue
showing you these chords.
So we're gonna move down to the A,
and we're gonna do the same thing.
We're gonna do the low A string, or
the A string low octave [SOUND].
And then we're gonna do E [SOUND],
and A again [SOUND].
So the great thing about,
in country guitar,
the great thing about A and
E are any licks that we do in E or
A can be used, they can be used together.
Well, not together, but they can be used,
they're the same, it's the same pattern.
So you've got
and then
So anything that works in E is gonna work
in A and vice versa on these low open
strings, which is it's pretty cool,
and we'll get into that, too.
So with that being said, same thing.
and A again.
And you're just gonna
bar those two notes that we did earlier,
this full chord.
You're just gonna bar these two.
So, and then again.
That's the sound we're eventually gonna be
able to do here.
So that's your E and your A.
Now your D is just gonna be
your D string [SOUND], and
do your A with your first finger [SOUND],
your D with your middle finger on
the third fret of the B string so.
So there's that.
[SOUND] It's just
a partial of the D chord.
[SOUND] You're not gonna hit the three.
[SOUND] You're just gonna
hit [SOUND] those two.
[SOUND] So there's that part of that.
[SOUND] Then it really doesn't work,
to do it in C and these other keys,
we're gonna have to do the bar
chord which we'll learn further on.
So I just wanna do this simple first
inversions of this style, of this chord.
So right now, after we covered the little
bar chords that we're doing for
the Luther Perkins rhythm style that
we're getting ready to get into
pretty heavily here.
Now what we're gonna do is,
I'm gonna show you how to get
this sound that sounds like this.
And what what is,
is I'm muting the strings on
this bridge, right here.
So you have to have a Telecaster
that doesn't have the ashtray on it,
which is the old style, most don't.
But if you do have that ashtray,
you can take it off and
I recommend doing that, which most of
you probably have done that already.
But get down to your basic
bridge like this and
your saddles are gonna be very accessible.
They're gonna be sticking up right
here on the back of your Guitar.
So where that string meets that saddle,
you're gonna lay your
right hand just barely on those strings.
And that's gonna create a muting effect.
Because if you don't do that and
you try to do this style of country guitar
playing which is gonna, this is gonna
come up in further lessons also.
And it's pretty important and
a good fundamental.
But you're just gonna lay that
right hand barely on that bridge.
And it's gonna create this effect.
So here's what it would sound
like without the muting.
And we'll get to that right hand picking
pattern as well, so
don't worry about that for right now.
We're just gonna focus on the muting for
a minute.
So I'm gonna put,
the meat of this palm right here,
I'm just gonna barely lay that
on the top of that bridge.
And if its too much,
you'll know it because that
would sound like this [SOUND].
It just wouldn't sound good,
if you got too much muting, you can't,
it doesn't work.
So you gotta just barely
mute it a little bit, and
then that's it going to sound like this
And that's his whole style,
was that muted palm one and
five, which means just
the root notes of the chord.
The one, the octave E, and then the B
string, and then you alternate it.
Like that.
So, and we'll get into those
exercises here coming up with
the Luther-Perkins style.
So that's the muting.
That's the way to do that and
you just gotta make sure that you're
hand doesn't come too far forward.
You just wanna lay it right there and
just barely let this flesh
touch those strings.
And you'll get the desired
effect from that.
Now, we're gonna move on.