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Okay, we're back here with
intermediate country guitar.
We're doing some rhythm
techniques here to get started.
We just did a bunch of rhythm
techniques with just using the pick.
And just to get some ideas flowing, and
then what we're gonna do now is to
incorporate the hybrid technique,
which I introduced briefly
in the beginning curriculum.
So we're gonna start get more
on advance in this billing our,
our tool kit for country guitar.
And these are a lot of right
hand techniques for this so
we're gonna start getting a little bit
more advanced in the hybrid technique.
So right now we're gonna do some
rhythm in accompaniment ideas.
And E, A, G and D and
then we will do C as well.
With a little bit more
of a closed position.
And we are going to use
the backing tracks and
we are going to start incorporating a
little bit of some hybrid techniques here.
So, the first one I wanna
do is a little bit similar
to the lick we did in the previous
lesson where where we were doing.
With the pick.
Now we're going to incorporate
our middle finger in this lick.
And we're going to give it a little
bit of that popping action going,
with this.
So this will be fun, this will be
a great lesson and a good fundamental.
Really good to get this foundation of
using these fingers cause this is gonna be
all our whole style.
So let's take E and
just show you how this is gonna work.
We're gonna hit the low
E string with the pick.
we're going to pop up instead
of doing our upstroke.
We're going to use our middle finger and
we're going to pop that up.
And you want to give it a good snap.
Because this style is not something
you want to play super softly,
this is kind of the rhythm part,
you're kind of the guy that's leading
the band here with this kind of stuff.
So with that being said,
let's give it a nice [SOUND] nice snap.
Now you'll notice, my hands,
they stay very close to the strings.
Almost hard,
I know people say it's hard for
them to see what I'm doing
because my hand is very,
my right hand position is very efficient,
and it's very close to the strings.
And I'm just popping that string
with a little bit of my fingernail.
And a little bit of the meat
of my finger just to get this.
And my palm is just barely muting
a little bit on this low E string,
not much at all.
And you can manipulate how
much dampening you want or
muting you want with that palm.
Okay, the pattern we're gonna
use on this E rhythm is
similar to what we did with the pick
but we're gonna incorporate the middle
finger here.
And the pattern is going to be down,
up with the middle finger,
down with the pick on the A string,
with the box pattern we've
been using here, this C sharp.
and then the rest is going to be with
the finger, with the hybrid technique.
so down.
Up with the finger.
And then, two ups again.
and we're kinda rocking off that
low E string to get that
rhythm pattern going.
So that's the pattern,
I'll do it really slow, again, also.
the pattern,
and that will take
some practice.
But trust me,
it'll start becoming natural to you, and
you'll be able to start
using that middle finger.
And now so let's play that together
now with the backing track.
We'll do the slow train beat.
We're back to doing some
hybrid techniques and rhythm.
We're gonna do A now, we're gonna
use the same tempo back in track.
And we're gonna do a very
similar pattern but
now what we're gonna do is the only string
the pick is going to hit is the A string.
So everything else is going to
be done with the middle finger.
So that pattern is going
to look like this.
And so,
the pick is going to hit the A string.
Snap up with the middle finger on
the A octave here.
And then the pick is gonna go.
We're gonna go from C to C sharp.
Then we're gonna snap up on
the E note here [SOUND] so.
And then we're gonna go
we're gonna hit the A string again.
F sharp with the finger.
And then we're gonna
hit the A and then the low A.
So that pattern will be, again, slow.
Okay and I
know that's
a lot to do.
I mean that's a lot of
right hand technique.
But we've gotta build these
fundamentals to be where we wanna be by
the late intermediate to early advanced
and into the advanced segment.
So country guitar is very demanding,
I mean to do these techniques and
these styles,
it's a lot of right hand stuff.
The muting, the hybrid technique,
the clarity that you
have to have to play these styles and
the clean attack and everything.
I mean it is not a very forgiving style so
you have got to put the work in.
It will pay off.
Playing with a clean guitar sound,
you have no distortion to hide.
The mistake,
it's a pretty demanding style.
But the payoff is great.
I mean, there's no other style like it,
with the stuff that
we're going to get into.
With the steel bends, and
the double stops, and
the stuff that makes this style so
much fun.
But these are the building blocks and
the foundations that we'll just
have to do to be able to do this.
And these rhythm patterns are very cool,
they're unlike any other thing that
is involved in the guitar world.
I mean, you're not playing bar chords,
or big strumming chords,
you're actually creating these
pretty intricate patterns and
rhythm techniques to be able to
back up these kind of feels and
tempos like trained beats and
have time welding grooves and
stuff like that that we're going to keep
using as this lesson series goes on.
So with that being said let's do
the backing track here with A and
then we'll move on to some other keys.
Okay, we're moving on to G,
with the hybrid rhythm techniques and
some accent notes here
that we're throwing in.
We're gonna do the same position
as we did with the pick earlier.
And we're just gonna keep
incorporating this middle finger and
eventually we'll move on to adding
the ring finger in here as well.
So right now we're gonna do a pretty
basic pattern based on the same
kind of thing that we did with the pick.
So I'm gonna go down with the pick
on the third fret G string.
Up with the middle finger on G, open G.
And then I'm gonna come back and
hit E right here on the second fret
D string with my middle finger.
And then I'm gonna hit G again.
And then snap with F on the third
fret D string with the finger.
And then we're gonna go
again, pedaling off the G,
we're basically pedaling
off of these two notes.
And then putting the little,
almost like that boogie woogie lick
kind of thing in the middle of it.
That gives you this effect.
So that's that lick.
But we're getting the pop of the country
sound with the middle finger.
So again, down with the pick,
these are all gonna be upstrokes by
the way.
Cuz there is no chicken picking if you go
that way.
So, everything we do with the fingers
is all going to be plucking up, and
then the only down strokes we'll
ever do will be with the pick.
So, this will go down with the pick,
middle finger G string open.
E and F here,
with the first finger and
third finger.
And then open D to finish that phrase out.
that's the lick and
I'll slow it way down for
you here again.
So that's
And you can mute this a little bit
too with the palm of your right hand.
So the G note kinda has
a little bit more of a thud to it
rather than it just
ringing open all the time.
So that's
the pattern for that.
Let's play that along with the slow
train beat together as well, right now.
>> 1, 2, 3, 4.
Okay, we're back.
We're gonna do the wail and
groove here in D.
And we're just gonna use essentially
one note here that's fretted.
With my first finger,
we're just gonna hit the A note.
And we're gonna use A, [SOUND] D,
[SOUND] A open, [SOUND].
And then we're gonna
use these blues notes,
the blues kinda notes of C,
and F.
So we're basically gonna use,
these three strings, G, D, and A,
fret it on the second fret
with my first finger.
And then my second finger is gonna use the
accent, be in control of the accent note.
And we're gonna rock off of these two,
and then use the open A,
So, the pattern
will be,
So, a little bit more pick used here.
We're only gonna use
the middle finger for
this A note, [SOUND] so,
So that pattern is gonna be,
hitting the open D string,
[SOUND] plucking the A string
on the second fret G string,
And then A pluck,
and then down,
So down with the open D, [SOUND] open A,
[SOUND] pluck A again, so [SOUND] and
then the C note, so
So that
So I kinda got away from
using the F note there, so
we're doing a,
We're just gonna use the C to go
back into that fray, so
It's a little bit of a syncopated feel.
So we're rocking off of that upstroke
with the chicken picking style,
the hybrid style with my middle finger,
That's giving us this almost
looping kind of effect,
where we're pedaling off
of that string, so
Okay, so let's play that with
me with the backing track.
>> [SOUND]
>> Okay, this riff in D,
this rhythm pattern that we're getting
ready to do with the Waylon
half-time groove.
Again I'm straighten this
pattern, and it's,
So I've gotten a way from, I say we were
gonna use that F note, but we're not,
we're just gonna stick to the C here.
So that rift is open D,
[SOUND] plucking
up on the A note right
So I'm hitting this A note twice with
my middle finger to restart the phrase.
So the phrase is,
so the first time,
it's not syncopated.
The first time is,
and then,
It's like a call and answer,
so the first one is slow or
And that's the syncopated one so,
And that's the syncopation,
It's got a little push
to it, so,
So that's that