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Electric Country Guitar Lessons: Combining Left and Right Hands

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[MUSIC]
We've talked about right and
left hand position, holding the pick and
we're gonna move now to connecting
these two hands together.
And we've got a couple exercises for that.
Basically, what’s gonna
happen here is we’re gonna
talk about how these two
hands are gonna connect and
talk to one another, and
start developing what we’re
gonna need in the future to be able
to you know increase our speed.
And everything that’s gonna
happen with soloing and
delving more into playing
country electric guitar.
So and this is very important and
there's a couple exercises I have here.
But mainly, again, I'm gonna say this
probably at the beginning of every lesson.
But relax is the main thing I can say and
just really try to focus on not getting
tense with any of this, and you'll learn
as you get better with all these lessons.
That I think you'll develop a nice
easy-going approach to this to
where you all relax and able to make
a good connection with the guitar.
So, the first,
I'm gonna get right to the exercise,
because this would be where
the rubber meets the road with this.
So we're gonna actually start
on with just a down stroke,
simple down stroke like this.
[MUSIC]
And again,
just getting back to
the right hand position.
Just keep this kinda close and tight, and
just do it really relaxed
nice down stroke.
Get an even tone and just nothing
fancy just a nice, clear note.
[MUSIC]
So what we're gonna do is with the left
hand with your first finger,
we're gonna fret on the D
string on the second fret and
we're gonna hit this fretted note here.
And this is an E note, but
it's gonna sound like this.
[SOUND] Now what we're gonna do is
we're gonna go fretted E, open D.
Fretted B note on the second
fret of the A string,
open A and
then we're gonna use our second finger and
hit a G on the third
fret of the low E string.
F sharp on the second
fret of the low E string
with the first finger and then open E,
and that's gonna sound like this.
[MUSIC]
And don't worry about this,
but up the tempo that will sound like.
[MUSIC]
So again, that's just down strokes.
First finger, second fret on the D string.
Open, second fret on the A string.
Open, third fret of the low E string,
the G note on the second finger.
First finger, second fret low E string and
then open E string.
And just practice that over and
over again until those fingers,
you can maybe increase your tempo.
[MUSIC]
And just do that until you have a nice,
even, steady, smooth, clear tone with
all those notes and don't forget to fret.
If you're hearing something funny,
look down.
Make sure you're fretting close to
that fret, on this, if you're hitting
the second fret just on this back
side of it and don't press too hard.
That's the first exercise.
The second exercise we're gonna do is
from the high E string to the middle and
that's gonna be the same.
We're just gonna use
simple down strokes for
right now until we increase our
dexterity here in these fingers for
when these two hands start
making a better connection.
So here's exercise two,
we're gonna do high to middle E.
That's the high octave
to the middle octave.
We just did the middle
octave to the low octave.
So this will be high to middle.
So we're just gonna do
simple down strokes.
We're gonna do open E.
We're gonna do third finger, ring finger
on the third fret of the B string.
So and then open B.
[SOUND] Closed on
the second fret G string.
Open G, fretted E.
Second fret on the D string.
[MUSIC]
So that'll be the exercise two and
we're just gonna do simple down strokes.
Really clear, even sound,
connecting the right and
left hand is our main goal here to where
these two are talking to each other.
So again.
[MUSIC]
That's
exercise two.
Exercise three will be the high to
the low E, the full two octaves.
So we'll go.
[MUSIC]
We'll cover the whole six strings on this
exercise.
So this exercise three and
it will be again, all down strokes.
So let's start to do.
Basically, we're combining our
exercise one and two in this exercise.
So this will be.
[MUSIC]
Just slow and steady,
make good contact.
Don't worry about doing it fast.
If you make a mistake halfway through,
keep going and that would increase your,
it'll increase your flow
to where you can actually.
You don't have to play to
a metronome with this, but
maybe just keep a little bit
of a rhythm going if you can.
And if you make a mistake, keep going.
Don't stop and start over.
That's okay.
So the main thing is
just to get through it.
And the more you do that,
you do it three or 4 or 5 times or
if it takes you 15 or 20.
It's okay.
So I mean, it's just stay relax.
Slow and steady, make good contact.
And once again, I'll do exercise three
which is the other all the full octaves
of the from high mid to low.
[MUSIC]
That completes exercise three and
then exercise four is gonna be
going from the low E to the high E.
So it'll be basically just
what we did flip flopped.
So and this is gonna be all down strokes,
as well.
So we're just gonna go low E.
We're gonna go right to the G note on the
third fret of the low E string this time.
So we're gonna go.
[MUSIC]
So again,
we're gonna do
open low E string.
Fretted G note on the third
fret of the low E string.
Open A, second fret of the A string, B.
The B note.
So [SOUND] open D,
fretted E.
Open G, [SOUND] fretted on
the second fret, the A note.
So [SOUND] open B,
fretted D [SOUND] and open E.
So again, that's gonna sound like this.
[MUSIC]
That completes
the exercise four on
connecting the left and
right hands together.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Okay, now we're gonna play
this first exercise together.
So, I'm just gonna kinda sing and
this is gonna be mid to low E.
So, one, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
One, two,
three, four.
[MUSIC]
We'll do it one more time,
a little faster.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Okay?
Now we're gonna do exercise two,
high to mid.
Same thing.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Again, one,
two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Okay, one more time,
a little faster, one, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Okay, we're gonna do
exercise three together now.
And I'll count us in,
one, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
One more
time together,
one, two,
three, four
[MUSIC].
One more time, a little bit faster.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Okay, now we're gonna
do exercise four together,
low to high, all down-strokes.
So, one, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Again,
one, two,
three, four.
[MUSIC]
One more time,
a little faster.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Okay, that concludes
combining the right and
left hands.
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