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Okay, we're back here with ArtistWorks.
I'm Guthrie Trapp.
We're entering into the intermediate
curriculum here after having covered
a bunch of fundamentals and the basic,
beginning curriculum country guitar.
The thing we're gonna do now is we're
gonna get into using some bass notes and
elaborating on our rhythm techniques that
we've learned in the beginning curriculum.
So what we're gonna do is we're gonna
take some of the stuff that we've already
established, like these
two note block chords that
I was showing you in the Luther Perkin's
style, and we're gonna expand on those.
So this is gonna have a little bit
more elaborate right hand technique
as well and I'll show you those patterns.
So what I'm talking about
is stuff like this.
So this will be like a riff.
A rhythm riff in E and
we're just gonna be using this whole step.
Pentatonic shape right out
of this chord position.
So, what we'll be doing is
we'll be using this shape and
then our ring finger will
be [SOUND] rocking back and
forth between the B note and
the C sharp note with your ring finger.
So the first finger will hold these down
and this will rock back and forth and
that's gonna be the easy part.
The tricky part is gonna be getting
your right hand to stay up with these,
but with some practice
it'll happen of course.
So the pattern is
gonna be
So that's down on the low E string
upstroke on the octave,
the middle E on your second
friend of your D string.
And then down on the C SHARP note of
the A string.
And then up, an upstroke on the B note
when you release this ring finger.
And then back
down on the low E,
so it's
So that's the pattern.
Now, you can also use the palm mute like
we talked about earlier as well with this
kind of thing and it'll sound like this.
Now I changed up there a little bit
on that last part and
I'll show you how to do that.
So there's a couple different
picking patterns that we can do.
Here's the first one that we did
And then the second one I did was.
Let's see I did
That was the first one, and
then the second one we can do is
So you can rock back and
forth between this E string or
this E note on the D second fret, and
you can rock back and
forth between these notes.
So there's a couple different ways.
[SOUND] When I'm doing that
I'm hitting the E string,
the E note on the D string, again.
And then,
So that's the two different styles
you can do and when we incorporate our
hybrid technique with this two.
It'll change the way we do,
we attack these strings.
Like again, I was gonna say.
You can use this G string as well,
which is a little bit of a blue
note to do some accents as well.
So when you get this down
You can rock back and
forth between throwing this little G bend
in there and that'll sound like this.
So that's rocking back and
forth between this G note,
bend it slightly.
And then you're gonna hit your E on the D
string and
then release with the low E string again,
hitting that and this is a pattern
that will create this rhythm.
The fact that you're doing this pattern,
over and over again and
you're using these three strings.
You're establishing a rhythm.
[SOUND] So that's that pattern and
the same thing works on A.
So you can change
chords with that and
establish those patterns.
So what I wanna do now is
I'll show you both these
exercises with the backing tracks, okay.
Okay, now we're gonna have some fun.
We're gonna play along to this track.
We're in the key of E.
And we're gonna use this basic shape
that we just did
And then half way through, I'm gonna start
incorporating this little G run as well.
So the first part will be
And then we'll incorporate the G run,
which will be a
Okay, so let's run that track.
>> One,
[NOISE] two, [NOISE] three, [NOISE] four.
>> Okay, another thing I wanna go over
here and talk a little bit about with
this rhythm techniques that
we're getting involved in here,
are just kinda what makes the groove in
your right hand versus your left hand.
And how we're approaching this feel to
get the Country rhythm playing down.
One thing that I will say is,
there's some basic patterns
that we're basing this on,
the ones that I just showed you.
But these can be manipulated a little bit.
I mean, you'll notice on
the track there was a couple times
when I did vary from this pattern.
And you wanna have the freedom to be able
to change some stuff up a little bit,
which is what we're talking about
with using the bass notes and
kinda being a little bit flexible and
not so rigid on a certain pattern.
Now you have to know those
patterns to base this off of, but
there is some freedom to make
it interesting and kinda loose.
And an example of that is what I was doing
earlier, based on this pattern
You can manipulate that
a little bit to where,
like the last time there, I went
So you're establishing this little,
almost a pattern within a pattern,
where the basics, foundation is this
But you're adding that
little thing at the end.
So that's like the end of a phrase almost.
You're doing a little accent, or
like a little cap off of that,
to go into the next like four
bars, phrase, so
Throw that little G in there, that
You can do that too.
So with these patterns, and
these whole step
kinda pentatonic shapes that we're
working out of,
all those notes can be used here.
So with that being said,
with your right hand,
just get that pattern down
And then you can go,
and come back and
catch that E
And there's another technique that you can
use, and I'll do this when we go to the A,
and we can play along with the track.
But another thing you can do with this
is you can rock this off of this G note
So that's like almost a boogie
woogie pattern as well,
which will work well in Country.
So what this pattern is, is low E,
[SOUND] upstroke on the octave E, [SOUND].
And then in between this,
[SOUND] we're gonna throw G,
[SOUND] G sharp, so,
And then we're gonna
hit B, so
So E, [SOUND] E,
[SOUND] low E, [SOUND] high E,
[SOUND] and then [SOUND] G,
G sharp, [SOUND] B,
C sharp, staying in this box pattern here,
High E again, [SOUND] C sharp,
[SOUND] High E again, [SOUND] and
then low E, so
So up to speed that
sounds like
And we'll play that along
with the track as well.
>> One, [NOISE] two, [NOISE] three,
[NOISE] four.
Okay, we're back.
We're gonna do an exercise in A right now,
we'll be playing along to
the backing track, the train beat.
And we're gonna go down here, it's gonna
be the same position as the E [SOUND].
And by now, you know once you do E,
it's the same in A.
It's just down one set of strings.
[SOUND] So we're gonna do
a simple rhythm pattern here.
Utilizing the pentatonic shape,
[SOUND] and
we're gonna use, instead of
the G note like we did in the E,
[SOUND] we're gonna use the C [SOUND] and
also the G in this A riff also.
So it'll be starting on the low A string,
it'll sound like this.
we're gonna
rock off of that C.
And then come down from G [SOUND],
back into the A.
So then it'll sound
like this
So we're going low A [NOISE],
up stroke on the A string, second fret,
A note, second fret G string.
[SOUND] F sharp on the D string,
fourth fret.
[SOUND] Down stroke.
[SOUND] So [SOUND] and then E,
[SOUND], down stroke and
then A again.
So [MUSIC]. So
And then we're throwing that C in there,
that little bend.
And then bending from the G down to the A.
So, [SOUND] as soon as we hit the upstroke
on that A, [SOUND] we jump down to the C
then open A again.
[SOUND] So as soon as we hit the upstroke
on the A the second time, we jump down and
hit the G and bend down to the open A.
so let's play that together
with the backing track.
>> One, two, three, four.
when we do this
rhythm pattern in A,
I just want to
make something
clear here,
that when we're
doing these,
these little
accents where
we're hitting the,
we're coming down and
hitting the high
A strings, so
that would be
like [SOUND].
I'm hitting that A string every time,
but you know, like I said with the E,
these are, it's okay if this changes
a little bit and it doesn't have to be so
stiff and rigid that you have
to stick to this pattern.
There's some different
patterns that you can use but,
as long as you have the fundamental
of just this rocking back and forth.
This note could come and
go a little bit as it pleases.
And you don't have to do this
every time because I know that
is a lot of right hand back and forth.
So you can do variations on this theme.
there's a bunch of different
things you can do.
I just want you to know that
you don't have to stick
totally to that rhythm pattern of
hitting this [SOUND] every time.
I think it's cool to rock back and
forth a little bit like that but
this can change and
you can come up with your own
the ways that when you hit
the G [SOUND] to come back in and
the the C [SOUND] you know up.
You can do different things like that to
make your rhythm playing more interesting
as long as you use those key notes.
[SOUND] You'll be okay with that, so,
I just wanted to throw that in there too.
Okay we're going to do the Waylon
groove again like we did in G.
We're going to do this in D now.
What we're going to do is we're going to
utilize just these three notes of the D
Open D, A and D again, so just these.
And what we're gonna do is actually
we're gonna use these two notes, but
we're gonna play the first finger and
the ring finger.
Right here like the D chord and
then we're gonna use the middle finger
to manipulate the bass notes, so.
We'll be working off the same concept
as we did in the E and
the A where we're using the F note and
the C note on the third fret of the D and
the A string.
So, that will sound like this.
So, C open D, F and
then open D again so.
I'm kind of hitting these
strings with it as well, so.
Which gives you that sound.
So this pattern is gonna be Open D.
And then hitting
the chord
Open A
And then open D again, and
then hitting the chords so
So let's play that along with the track.
One, two, three, four.
We're gonna move on to G now and
we're gonna use basically
the G chord shape.
We're also gonna utilize
these open strings, G and D.
And we're gonna utilize the F note too and
the E note as well to kinda bring
a little bit of the bluesy sound in there
as well like what we did with the E and
the A when we used these.
So this will be.
So we'll be hitting that G note as well
like we did with the other keys
where we're kinda peddling back and
forth off of that to keep
this rhythm pattern going.
So it almost is kind of like
a train going down the track.
I mean, it's got definitely there's
this like this rhythm that this creates.
So it's a good amount of notes,
but it's pretty simple and
we're just using the flat pick.
We haven't incorporated any
hybrid techniques in yet,
which we're gonna get to.
So this pattern is low G.
[SOUND] Upstroke on the G string.
[SOUND] And then again,
like the others we're using the six
which is the E and
G on the second fret of the D string.
So we're going low G, open high G.
Upstroke, downstroke on the E note here.
So we're gonna go.
Hit the low G string again before
we hit the F.
So we're gonna go E to F.
So first middle finger here.
[SOUND] First finger here.
And then ring finger slips right in
there to play the seventh.
So we're gonna go low G, high G.
Low G again right quick there
like this [SOUND] and then F, [SOUND] and
then low G again, and then open.
So this creates this rhythm
pattern that sounds like this.
up to speed,
that sounds like.
And you notice I'm playing
back behind back by the bridge also
to get that, to get the clarity.
Cuz if you do that up here.
Just gets kind of muddy.
But when you get back here other bridge.
You really kind of dig in a little bit
It's gonna sound cool.
So the only upstrokes
are when you hit the G string.
And the last note, which is your D
before you go back into
this sequence again.
So that's the right hand pattern.
So play this with me on
the backing track now.
We'll have some fun.
One, two, three, four.
Okay, we'll move on now to the key
of C and we're gonna demonstrate a little
bit of what you would play in a rhythm
pattern to play on a country shuffle.
And this is a pretty specific pattern and
you don't really wanna waiver as much
from this kind of backing
up a rhythm style.
You don't wanna waiver on
this as much as you're
allowed to on those other
styles that we did.
Those were a little bit more open and
This is the one you're
gonna wanna kinda stay
kind of pretty much true
to what we do here.
So, we're gonna work out of this
C [SOUND] bar chord position and
we're gonna work out of
the pentatonic shape totally [SOUND].
So it's this box pattern
than I was showing you.
A whole step [SOUND].
Whole step [SOUND].
Almost like the boogie-woogie
lick pattern,
[SOUND] but, we're gonna go
And we're gonna work off of that shape,
so we're
visualizing [SOUND] this box pattern here
So the rhythm pattern is gonna be
and you're gonna bounce off of that
high C on the fifth fret of the G string,
you're gonna
So what that is is you're using your right
hand [SOUND] down, up, [SOUND] down, up.
that's the whole pattern, down,
up [SOUND] down, up [SOUND] down, up.
And you're creating this shuffle feel so
and, you're shifting up to this
other position [SOUND].
And I know we haven't worked up the neck
a lot yet with these positions, but
don't worry about that right now,
we'll get there.
This is just a little rhythm pattern so
we're working off the first finger
and then the high C on the fifth fret
and then [SOUND].
So essential you are doing this
but you're throwing that high note in
there to to offset that too so
And actually,
I use my little finger there,
cuz it's easier than stretching like this.
So that feels much more natural
to me to use my little finger so.
That's the pattern, and
I'll slow that way down here for you.
Let's slow this way down here
and up to speed that
sounds like
so let's play that together
with the backing track right now.
>> One,
>> Okay, the shuffle accompaniment in C,
just a couple of things I wanted
to go over there with that style.
One thing too is with this,
we can mute a little bit
without palm on this to give this effect
that's one thing I wanted to mention.
Another thing is it's okay, and
actually a little easier,
if you slide with
your ringer finger into this position
and that gets you right into [SOUND] so
it's [SOUND] it slides
you right in to there
What gives this shuffle feel,
what makes it really happen is that you're
doing this little [SOUND] up beat
on the high C on the G string.
So that's gonna be a real
short attack [SOUND] so
that's not gonna be a long note at all.
It's just gonna be [SOUND] and
you're doing is when you
hit this [SOUND] you're releasing
your finger pretty quick.
It's kind of a lot there's a lot
of stuff being juggled here.
But once you get this feel you'll have it
down, and it's a great way to play all
country shuffles and you can use
this in some other things, too.
But, great for old Ray Price shuffles and
classic country shuffle music.
So, that's kind of the key
points of that lick, is,
just this real quick little accent note
the muting a little bit.
And just make sure you're getting a nice,
solid you almost want this to feel
like it's, like the strings are bouncing
a little bit, this has a bounce to it.
You really want to pull the tone and
the pocket,
the feel and the rhythm,
our of this kind of rhythm.
Look here, so
that's the sound and
feel that you want for that.
So, okay now we'll
move on