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Electric Country Guitar Lessons: The Boogie Woogie Lick

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[MUSIC]
We're back and
we've covered a lot of fundamentals
again in the beginning section here.
And pick techniques,
some chords, some major scales,
even got into some more intricate
kinda fun stuff with hammer-ons,
pull offs, slides and bends.
Some stuff that's really gonna,
I mean, define your style and
some great fundamentals to incorporate
with country guitar playing.
So right now,
we're gonna get into something that I
like to call just the Boogie Woogie lick.
Just gonna be a good exercise for
you, for your right hand and
we'll do some chord changes coming up
in the next lesson with this lick.
But right now,
I just wanna show you the lick and
it's a great way to practice and
incorporate some groove and
start playing some stuff with some
tempo to it to where you can really
start engaging in and being able to
play without having to stop and start.
And really,
kind of working at this to where you can
play something in time even
if it's not super fast.
Don't worry about that.
Just make sure your notes are clear.
It has a little bit of groove to it,
which I'll teach you about in a minute.
So this lick is just based on
pretty much the pentatonic shape,
which is like this box pattern
that I'll elaborate on more.
But In E, we're gonna just be focusing
on this whole step pattern
right here [SOUND]
which is basically your pentatonic shape.
So the Boogie Woogie lick is
basically gonna sound like this.
[MUSIC]
So that's the simple version
with just the notes of that lick and
the example of that.
Now you don't have to play this yet, but
I'll just give you an example of what that
will sound like as we move through these
next couple of exercises and
lessons with this.
But it's a great practicing technique.
It's making music rather than just playing
a scale and it's good to build speed and
just work on your notes speaking and
being very clear.
And like I said earlier,
just incorporating a little bit
of groove with your playing.
So with that being said, we'll get back
to the simpler version and I'll show you
exactly what notes make up this and
what right hand technique and all that.
But the lick will sound like this.
So.
[MUSIC]
Now, you notice I'm hitting
twice with my right hand and
we'll get into that too.
But right now,
I just wanna show you the notes.
The notes that make up this lick.
So we're gonna start on the low E string.
We're gonna hit the three,
the third degree of the scale
which is gonna be G sharp.
So we're gonna go open E, G sharp and
then we're gonna go B on
the second fret of the A string.
Then we're gonna go to the sixth
degree of the scale which is C sharp,
fourth fret on the A string.
So so far, we've got.
[MUSIC]
Now, what we're going to do here is we're
gonna play the flat seven
of the scale which is D.
And that's gonna give us our,
that's gonna incorporate
the bluesier sound of this riff.
And what that means is we're going
to take your seventh degree of
the scale which would be one,
two, three, four, five,
six, seven which is D sharp and
we're gonna flat that.
And that's a little bit more
information than you need, but
I'm just sharing with you that,
that's technically what makes this happen
is that's the degree of that scale.
When you flat that,
you hit D which D is the note
that makes the changes in
E to an E7th which is.
[MUSIC]
By lifting up this ring finger,
that gives you the seventh
chord [SOUND] and
we'll get to that more coming up too.
So basically, those are the notes
that make up that riff.
So.
[MUSIC]
And then you just go back down.
[MUSIC]
So it's the same notes going up and
the same notes going back down.
So the whole riff together,
play this with me.
Well, I'll do it one time through just so
you can hear one more time.
[MUSIC]
So now, you can play that with me.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
And we're hitting that
D note with my little finger.
I'm keeping my hand in the right position.
Each finger is covering
the span of these four frets
from the second up to the fifth fret.
So when I hit the C sharp and
I go to the D, I'm using my little finger.
In order to do that, you do have to,
any time you're getting into that other
position with your little finger,
your wrist is gonna roll a little bit
down like this just to make this work.
So think about that too
while you're doing this.
If your hand moves to incorporate that
little finger, that's perfectly normal and
accepted.
So let's do this lick one more time and
then we'll move on to the different keys,
and then we'll get into change
in chords with this lick.
So one more time.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
One, two,
three, four.
[MUSIC]
And on this version of this where
we're doing it a little bit slower,
I'm using all down strokes just to get
the power of that right
hand to do this lick and
then we'll get into the more alternating
double hits that I was
doing earlier coming up.
So that's E.
Now, we are gonna do this in A.
It's gonna be the exact same
riff that we just did in E.
We're just moving down to A.
So starting on your A string.
[MUSIC]
Exact same thing as the E, so
just play that with me
a couple times through.
So one, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
One two,
three, four.
[MUSIC]
That's the lick an A.
Let's do D now.
So we'll do D in an open position and
that will just be starting
on your D string,
[SOUND] so
we will do similar to the A and the D.
I mean, the A and the E.
So we'll go open D string.
[MUSIC]
It's actually the same as the A and
the D, because we're not
utilizing the B string on this.
So we're just using,
we're staying pretty much in this pattern.
So same as the A and the E.
Start on your open D string.
[MUSIC]
And I'm not gonna go into that,
because it is the exact same
fingering as the A and the E and
we've covered those.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
We're gonna change positions and
we're gonna do the same lick.
But it's gonna be less open strings.
And we're gonna move into
the pentatonic shape in G.
And we're gonna work up
the neck a little bit.
And we'll elaborate on that, too,
in further lessons on the pentatonic
shapes up the neck and all that stuff.
But just with this lick, we're gonna
work up the neck here a little bit in G.
So let's do that right now.
So I want you to start
with your first finger
because that's gonna enable these
fingers to work up the neck.
Already we've
got just by laying your hand right there
with your first finger on the third fret.
We're already able to span up to
the sixth fret with our little finger.
So the hand positioning and
stuff that we're gonna get in to,
is very important also.
So in G
[MUSIC]
We're gonna start with your first finger,
and we're gonna do this,
it's the same pattern as the E, but
without the open strings,
it changes a little bit.
So, we're gonna do this box pattern,
which is It's a whole step
in between each one, and
luckily, in G here we're on the dots.
So you can use that in this position
to make it a little easier on yourself.
The lick that we're going
to do is right on the dots,
so we're going to go, this is what
the lick looks and sounds like in G
[MUSIC]
And we are going to incorporate
a little bit of slide in here also.
And where that'll be is right here,
on the second note, when you go
[MUSIC]
we're gonna slide up to the B note on
the low E string from the A note.
And that looks and sounds like this.
[MUSIC]
So instead
of going
[MUSIC]
Which is a huge jump,
to go from here to here with your
little finger is a huge jump, and
it doesn't feel natural, and it's hard.
So, we're going to slide,
in order to get our hand position
[MUSIC]
In the right place we're going to
slide up with that ring finger,
from the A to the B.
So again,
that's going to
be like this.
And we're gonna do a slight
slide going back down.
[MUSIC]
So I want you to do this with me.
We'll do it really slow, and like I said,
start with your first finger.
We're gonna go up we're
gonna slide up here.
[MUSIC]
And
then we're gonna go first finger
on the fifth fret of the A string.
[MUSIC]
And then ring finger, seventh fret,
little finger half step.
[MUSIC]
Back down
[MUSIC]
And real quick before we do this together
I'm saying in what I call the box pattern.
Which is that's a whole step.
[MUSIC]
Whole step here and
then whole step here
[MUSIC]
And that's the pentatonic shape.
And what it is,
is when I go here, right there,
that is the reason I'm
calling it a box pattern
is because that's a perfect
square right there.
It's a whole step.
Each string is a whole step
in between on the dots, and
it's straight down to this string,
over and then right back up.
So that's the little position that
I'm thinking about in my head and
it's great to visualize that as
much as you can, because when
we get in to more moving up the neck,
this is going to come back for sure.
But that's the lick in
the closed position.
And again, it sounds like this
[MUSIC]
And I'm sure you've heard that before.
So let's play that together.
One, two,
three, four.
[MUSIC]
Let's do it
one more time.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
Okay, and you can see how
that slide Is incorporated
with the hand position.
Because I'm sliding up.
So as soon as I slide
up now I'm covering this section
of the neck with these fingers.
Each one gets its own thread.
So I'm spanning four frets
every time I slide up.
So I've gone from here,
with that one slide, I'm already here.
I'm covering that much more of the guitar.
So these are great fundamentals,
even playing that one little lick there
it's going to let you
start visualizing and
seeing how this stuff moves around and
how it can be incorporated and
how important it is once we start moving
up the neck which is the ultimate goal.
And these lessons is to get
you playing up the neck, and
to get you playing some
hot country guitar.
And some great rhythm techniques as well
that we're going to get into further down.
I just want you to stay inspired and
practice these fundamentals and
know how important they are.
I know some of them aren't the most fun.
But, you know, if you get discouraged,
just take a break.
Come back to it.
And the more time you put into it the more
you're going to get out of it of course,
and but don't let it be discouraging.
I mean some of these things are, even
something that makes, that I may make,
that I may make it look easy, a slide or
something like that it's, it's, it's,
they are new concepts to you and you know
they just take a little bit of time but
you know, don't get discouraged,
take as much time as you need to
get these fundamentals really
developed and under your belt.
Because these are the foundations and
the building blocks and
the framework that's very
important to be able to do what
you're wanting to do in
these further lessons.
So, with that being said,
we're gonna keep moving on with this lick.
We're gonna do it in
a couple of more keys.
And then we'll get into it like
changing some chords with it and
then incorporating a little
bit more complicated and
embellished right hand
technique with this lick.
And it's a great way to practice with like
I said when you get it up to speed and.
Then you can change some chords with it,
and stuff.
It's you're making music rather than
practicing a scale or something like that.
So it is a lot more fun, so let's do the C
position which is going to be the same
as the G, which is the closed position.
So same thing, same lick as we did in G.
[MUSIC]
We're gonna move down to the C note
right here, third fret on the A string.
And we're gonna do the exact same pattern.
[MUSIC]
So with that being said,
I'm not gonna go into those
much more either because
they're exactly the same.
The C and the G are the same.
You're just moving down one string.
And then the A and the E and
the D are the same as well.
So let's move on to changing
chords with this lick.
And also incorporating the more
advanced right hand technique.
[MUSIC]