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Electric Country Guitar Lessons: Chord Changes: Luther Perkins Style

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[MUSIC]
Okay,
we're gonna get into the Luther Perkins
right-hand rhythm style here.
[SOUND] We're gonna get into how to
change chords and keep this lick going.
So, the first one that
we're gonna do is in E.
And then we're gonna move over to G.
And the pattern for E and A is the same
as is G and C with the block chords.
I'm gonna show you in just a second.
But with the E, [COUGH] what we're gonna
do is we're gonna stay on the low strings
as much as possible with the style.
Cuz that's kind of the whole
thing with Luther Perkins is
when he'd play with Johnny Cash,
he was kind of doubling the bass almost
with this percussive kind of sound.
We talked about muting and all that stuff,
and just keeping that going.
Because you're looking for this sound of.
If you don't mute, it'll sound like this.
[MUSIC]
So.
[MUSIC]
When you dig in a little bit harder, and
you're muting, it really creates
this cool percussive effect.
So, what I wanna talk about now is, when
you change chords, so we're in E here.
[MUSIC]
When we go to A.
[MUSIC]
We're gonna hold,
the only fretted note we're gonna hit is
the E note on the D string second fret.
So instead of playing [SOUND] the G
string like we normally do on A,
[SOUND] we're just gonna
keep it on the low string.
So that pattern's gonna be,
we're gonna go from E
[MUSIC]
to A
[MUSIC]
because that low E string is becoming
one of our alternating bass notes.
So we're gonna just play A, [SOUND] and
then hit the low E string so.
[MUSIC]
And then back to alternating on the E.
The E chord with the one and
the five and the one which is E, B and
E again, just that block chord.
So then when we go to
the five chord which is B,
we're gonna use this bar
chord like we did in G.
We're gonna do this bar chord which is,
it's a lot easier to use my little
finger and now you can try
your ring finger to bar this.
[SOUND] But to me it's a lot easier with
your middle finger just to not have to
stretch out over here and
press down for a long time.
So, it's more natural for
me to bar with my little finger.
[SOUND] And we're gonna do the same
concept we did on the A chord,
where we're only gonna be using
these bottom three strings.
And we're gonna play whole step.
We're gonna play B on the first fret,
A string,
little finger on the fourth fret,
F sharp on the D string.
[SOUND] That's your one and
your five, and then bar.
With the first finger,
we're gonna bar the second fret.
F sharp, the octave [SOUND] on the low E
string, so, that's gonna look like this.
[MUSIC]
And the pattern is gonna be.
[MUSIC]
So, I'm alternating.
[MUSIC]
You can bar that though with your
first finger.
And just make sure you have a nice pad and
this flattens out and
bars those first two notes there.
And then this pinky, you can bar.
If it's more comfortable then I would
say more comfortable than just hitting
the single note.
So that pattern is gonna
be the same as the A.
[MUSIC]
And you're just alternating
that bass note.
[MUSIC]
And then this gets the double hit so.
[MUSIC]
So together that sounds like.
[MUSIC]
Okay?
Now that's for E.
With the G chord that we're gonna use
in the Luther Perkins style here,
we're gonna bar this.
Bar with your little finger,
these two notes.
The G on the 5th fret of the D string.
The D on the 5th fret of the A string.
And the G right here on the dot,
the 3rd fret on the low E string.
And this is this sound.
[MUSIC]
So when we change to the C,
we're gonna do the same thing
we did with the B right here.
We're just gonna slide that up.
We're gonna hit the G note right
here on 5th fret of the G string.
The G note or the C note right here
on the 3rd fret of the A string, and
then we're gonna bar the G there too.
So, now you're just using the fives and
the one.
So, the G here.
[SOUND] G octave there and
then the C here.
So, that gives you the alternating
bass down on this end.
So.
[MUSIC]
That gives you that sound.
So when changing those chords,
you'll go G.
[MUSIC]
C and
then D is gonna be taking C, the C-shape.
[MUSIC]
Slide up a whole step, right on the dots.
And play the same pattern
that you did in C in D.
[MUSIC]
Right back to G.
So that's how you change the chords
in the Luther Perkins style.
And now, we're gonna move on to playing
some tracks with those styles on there,
so it could be fun.
[MUSIC]