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Electric Country Guitar Lessons: Getting Beyond the Pentatonic Shapes

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We have gone through all kinds
of mapping out of the finger
board with your chord shapes.
Some arpeggios, couple little outlinings
of the dominant seventh chord.
What we're gonna do now is get into
a little bit of how I look at playing
over chord changes and this isn't
the playing over chord changes lesson, but
this is gonna lead up
to that coming up soon.
And I just wanna show you
a little bit about how
I look at playing over these changes and
these shapes,
and getting out of the pentatonic scales,
and boxes.
And start looking at mapping out
more of the major thirds and
the flat sevenths to get
over these changes, and
resolving to those thirds and
sevens which I'll show you.
So what we're going to do now is
we're just going to map out a little
bit of what these look like.
So let's start in A and
do a couple of ideas here.
So when I'm playing in A,
if I'm gonna play in A and
getting ready to go to a four chord.
[MUSIC]
And I hit that seven.
[MUSIC]
As soon as I hit that
seven even if I am right here.
[MUSIC]
The next note that I am hitting.
[MUSIC]
When I hit that major third of D,
it sounds like I am
already changing chords.
[MUSIC]
So.
[MUSIC]
As soon as I hit that major third of D,
it sounds like I'm changing chords.
So if I go that same lick.
[MUSIC]
Now if I hit
that seven in D.
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or
[MUSIC]
or.
[MUSIC]
Well, the next note I'm gonna hit,
if I'm going back to A is up
one fret to the major third.
So all I'm doing to do that is
what we've talked about the entire
time here is visualizing those chords.
So when I see A7.
Well, I know that.
[MUSIC]
I know that D shape.
[MUSIC]
Is right there.
So I know I can play all that
kinda stuff right out of there.
[MUSIC]
So there's A seven, cuz of that.
So.
[MUSIC]
Well, there's
my D shape.
So if I go up to there.
[MUSIC]
To get back to A, I can go right.
So anywhere out of this shape
here or that A7 shape.
So we'll do that again.
[MUSIC]
And then I can go.
[MUSIC]
Cuz I know that's right out of that shape.
So here's my D [SOUND] and
then we're getting back to A.
[MUSIC]
So I've gone from D to thinking
about my A shape right there.
So [SOUND] there's E.
[MUSIC]
So I'm going.
[MUSIC]
So I'm going blues,
[SOUND] then [SOUND] major
third instead of this.
[MUSIC]
So we're starting to blend the flat seven
and major third together,
the minor and the blues or
the blues and the major arpeggio sounds.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
If you slide up from the D.
[MUSIC]
Now going back to A.
[MUSIC]
And
then we're gonna hit the blues note there,
[MUSIC]
but right there we're gonna go back and
hit the major third because
[MUSIC]
that we're outlining this
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like you did before.
So with that being said,
[MUSIC]
it's all about the chord shapes.
So seeing that D shape and
knowing that your
A resolving back is right there,
[MUSIC]
it's just mapping out that chord.
[MUSIC]
And those major thirds and flat sevens
[MUSIC]
are the ones that make it sound like
you're changing.
So if I go
[MUSIC].
That's playing the major third,
[MUSIC]
right up to the top.
Now if I go to D,
[MUSIC],
I can go D just by hitting
that major third,
[MUSIC].
And doing a little outline of
that chord right into that next,
get right into D to make it
sound like I'm going to the D.
So if I'm playing out of A.
[MUSIC]
Right to that
position.
[MUSIC]
Up to D7, like we did.
Slide,
[MUSIC]
And then to resolve back to A,
I'm thinking
[MUSIC].
So right there, cuz there's my A shape.
[MUSIC]
So again, a little blues lick.
[MUSIC]
Major third into that shape, so.
[MUSIC]
Now I know right here, if I wanna play
something over the E chord,
I'm looking at this shape, and I'm seeing.
[MUSIC]
Well right here.
[MUSIC]
I can do a country lick right out of
there.
[MUSIC]
You know, bend up.
[MUSIC]
Plus 7th.
Flat 7 in G.
[MUSIC]
Right, that covers my 5 chord,
out of that shape, and then
[MUSIC]
right back to A to resolve that.
So I'm looking at all these shapes.
I'm thinking okay,
from this shape
[MUSIC]
to this shape D,
[MUSIC].
That covers A,
if I wanna go to the E right here,
[MUSIC]
so A,
one step down is your major third of E.
So major third.
[MUSIC]
A little bend
right there
out of this
position.
[MUSIC]
And then look, if I want to go to my D.
[MUSIC]
Cuz I'm thinking about that position.
If I wanna go from there now up to E,
so I'm thinking this position.
[MUSIC]
And then look,
I'm right there on my E.
Well where's my A at?
Right here.
[MUSIC]
So
I'm just going through all
these different positions.
So that's so
important to take these chords and just,
like what we did earlier,
these fundamentals of going A, D,
E, A, E, D, and C, and
they're all right here around us.
So all these, it's just linking
all these things together.
[COUGH] If you take your A right here,
[MUSIC]
I mean, just that lick right there.
[MUSIC]
Which fast is.
[MUSIC]
You're playing the same thing
[MUSIC]
so three octaves there, and
we'll get into that more too.
Some licks that span those three octaves.
But just going down this right here,
[MUSIC]
which is just a fancy way of going five
to the three to the one.
[MUSIC]
So
that's G.
Half that down to the E.
[MUSIC]
So that's gets you out of the pentatonic,
to where you're actually
playing a cool lick there.
[MUSIC]
You want to do
that in D, do it here.
[MUSIC]
It's just
connecting those shapes.
[MUSIC]
So we've gone.
[MUSIC]
Playing over those chord changes,
you can just play the same idea
in each chord to get familiar with those.
Like what we just did.
[MUSIC]
And we're just
covering these chords.
[MUSIC]
Look.
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So right out of A.
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That's just
another way of going.
[MUSIC]
And
that gets
you out of
those pentatonic
shapes.
It's just really focusing
on those chord shapes and
how to play around those, and
outlining the major third.
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That's the idea for
that stuff.
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