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Electric Country Guitar Lessons: Luther Perkins Exercises

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[MUSIC]
So now, we're gonna do
the Luther Perkins style
rhythm that we did.
We're gonna use the backing tracks.
Just one static key, no chord changes,
and just to recap, it's gonna be this.
[MUSIC]
Rhythms exercise.
[SOUND]
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Okay, we've just done
the Luther Perkins style in E.
Now we're gonna do something a little
bit different, we're gonna do it in G.
And we're gonna use the box
pattern of the G bar chord here.
[MUSIC]
And we're gonna do the Luther Perkins
style, we're gonna bar the G note
on the fifth fret of the D string [SOUND].
And then the D note on the fifth
fret on the A string [SOUND].
And then the G note on the low E
string on the third fret [SOUND].
So we're gonna essentially, your wrist is
gonna fold down, and that's gonna enable
you to have the strength to bar that
with your ring finger right there.
So,
[MUSIC]
and actually I use my little finger to bar
that cuz it seems a lot easier to do and
it's a lot less of a stretch.
So, bar with your little finger on your G
note on the fifth fret of the D string.
D note on the fifth fret
of the A string and
then your first finger is
gonna hold down the G on this.
And we're gonna do the Luther Perkins
style, just the same block pattern,
hold step in between these two notes here,
barred with your little finger and
then your first finger on the third
fret of our lower E string.
So that's gonna sound like this,
[MUSIC]
and you just wanna mute these other
strings.
It almost happens inadvertently
with the meat of your pinky finger,
the G string especially.
And it's okay for your little finger
to break on this knuckle right here,
it can break up like that and
that'll give you a nice bar with
the flat part of this meat on your finger,
just like that.
[SOUND] And
just make sure it's really clear.
[MUSIC]
And we'll do the Luther Perkins
style rhythm introducing this
kind of bar grip here in G.
One,
two,
three,
four,
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