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Electric Country Guitar Lessons: Playing Over Chord Changes: Outlining the Major 3rd & Flat 7th

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Okay now we're gonna look at a little bit
more in depth at playing
over the chord changes.
Outlining the major third, the flat 7, and
making the sound of the chords changing.
And so
what I wanna do there is just expand
on our our knowledge that we've developed
here over the past lessons,
and just look at how
we're really using that major third
[MUSIC]
to outline the chord, and
also the flat 7
[MUSIC].
Really getting to where that's
sounding like we're using that
to change the chords, like
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let's see
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and you can hear those chords changing
around there when I'm playing
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So there's a couple exercises that you
can do to really look at outlining
this major third and then we'll
get to how the flat 7 kinda works.
But for these I want you to take G, and
we're just gonna go we're going to do
almost like what's a baseline in G.
We're just gonna go
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and that's outlining all these chords
[MUSIC]
with just using the 1, the 3, and the 5.
So we're going G [MUSIC, C
[MUSIC],
D
[MUSIC],
G [MUSIC],
C
[MUSIC], D [MUSIC],
and then G again.
So we're just outlining
the 1s, 4s, and
5s everywhere
[MUSIC].
So that's the basics of making these
chords sound like they're changing,
and playing over those in a way that,
that doesn't just sound like you're
playing the G pentatonic or G run over
all the other chords that are changing.
And the way we do that is just by
really outlining the major thirds and
flat 7s of those chords.
So if I'm in G and
I'm going out of this position
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I know that my major third of C, because I
know that this shape is right there
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And to resolve back to G, I played
a little blues lick going right back
[MUSIC]
and resolved right to that major third.
Now if I go to D,
[MUSIC]
or
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I know that right there
[MUSIC],
as soon as I do that
[MUSIC]
it covers that D chord
[MUSIC]
little blues lick getting right back to G.
So, Let's just go over
a couple examples for this and
then we'll play to some tracks too
coming up with some different keys.
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To keep just expanding on that,
going down the scale like this.
Say I'm playing in G and I'm getting
ready to go to the 4 chord, which is C.
I'll go,
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literally go
right to that
chord
[MUSIC]
that covers C.
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To go to D,
[MUSIC]
I'm just going right to the D note.
[MUSIC]
And going right down the blues pentatonic.
[MUSIC]
But
I'm hitting that major 3rd as well,
[MUSIC]
which outlines that chord.
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And then resolving right back to G,
so as we work that up the neck.
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I did a little bend there,
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and that goes right to C that covers C.
[MUSIC]
Major 3rd [SOUND] into that
[SOUND] position, and then so
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little blues lick going right from there.
[MUSIC]
And then you're right there, so
watch when you go to D.
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You're doing the major 3rd,
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there's the major 3rd.
So we went
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you can split that up between
the blues sound
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And then
[MUSIC]
and then look right back to G.
[MUSIC]
So those are little ways of playing around
these chords, and
it's to link this up and get faster.
It's just a matter of playing
through those positions.
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So we're linking those chord shapes up.
[MUSIC]
G7 [SOUND] that
position, so
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that links that up.
Here you can go,
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so
[MUSIC]
that's how we're
just linking all
these things up.
So those are some positions you can use,
so if say we're in D,
[SOUND] and
we're gonna play around these positions.
So if I'm playing out of here in D and
I'm going,
[MUSIC]
which is hammering on [SOUND] from
like an A shape
[MUSIC]
to D.
[MUSIC]
You can do a little note leading like that
where you're going right down the D triad
[MUSIC]
to A right outta that shape.
So,
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so
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and landing on G, so
we're note leading there.
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You can go right down the scale,
I mean right down the chord.
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So we're
in D,
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so
[MUSIC]
cuz we know there's A.
[MUSIC]
Okay, so that covers A7
[MUSIC]
cuz there's A7
[MUSIC]
and then resolving right back to D.
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So there's all that, and
just take these shapes, like I did,
like the little bass note almost.
And cover this with all
these chords,
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just make up as many
patterns as you can for
those chord chains.
Take this shape,
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and then take this shape.
[MUSIC]
And just learn those triads and
those chords everywhere.
And you're gonna see, so
fast how you start getting a handle
on where those positions are.
And okay, hey, if I'm in A,
I know my A is there, my D is there,
my E is there, and my A is there.
My B minor is there,
my 6th minor is there, my flat 7 is there.
[SOUND] You should know in
chords in their families,
in all these major sections of the neck.
So you know G, C, D, G, C,
D, G, C, D, G.
So they're just everywhere and
you just gotta map those out.
We've done a pretty good job of doing
that of kinda pounded that in your head,
because it is so important.
I mean that's the freedom of playing up
the neck is knowing those chord shapes.
So let's play over a couple backing
tracks here, and I'll just kinda show
you how I'm playing over these chord
shapes with a couple different keys.
We'll start with G.
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>> Okay,
those were some pretty good examples
of three different keys playing in some
different fields and kinda looking at
how I'm playing over the chord changes.
And it's all just about those shapes
moving around and when you, it's literally
as simple as, when you wanna play out of
the next chord, go to the next chord.
But it's all about resolving
those major thirds and
using those flat 7s to
lead into the next chord.
And of course, if you have any questions,
please send me a video and
we'll start the exchange and that's
the beauty of the way this program works.
So with that being said, let's move on and
you've got the backing tracks to jam over
as well, with all these different keys,
all these different feels, and
those will be provided for you as well.
So and that's with real bass and
drums from some guys in Nashville, so
no click tracks, no drum machines or
anything like that,
real bass players and drummers, so got
some good backing tracks for you there.
So, let's move on to another lesson.
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