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Electric Country Guitar Lessons: Connecting Chord Shapes: Key of D

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Okay, we're back here with the major
scales, working those up
the neck around the chord shapes.
A pretty standard fundamental
here that's very important.
And thanks for being patient and
taking the time to learn these.
Because I can't stress enough
how important they are.
The chord shapes up the neck and
the scales around them.
That's your concrete foundation for
building a great house here,
that we're going to do with
this country guitar curriculum.
So all the double stops and the chicken
pickin', and the fast country stuff, and
the twin notes, and all the stuff,
the steel bands, everything.
I can link that all back to
the chord shapes and the scales and
stuff around these different positions and
shapes.
Super, super, super important.
The other thing that I wanna keep saying
here is just how important it is to
visualize these shapes.
I mean, really, really,
it's almost as important to visualize
them as it is to play these chords.
I mean, there's a lot of chords
you're probably not gonna play.
You might not play this G chord.
[MUSIC]
But it's great to know all
the notes that make up that chord.
It's almost more important to visualize
these big chords and these positions.
More than it is to really
actually play the whole thing.
Because, you're probably not going to play
this once you get to playing in a band or
stuff like that, or whatever you're doing.
You're probably not gonna
play that whole chord.
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You might play that part of it.
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Or you might play that part of a D chord.
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And not the whole bar chord.
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You're probably not gonna play that whole
chord.
But you're gonna play partials of it,
and we're gonna get into that
too with breaking down the triads and
all this kind of stuff.
But it's just really,
really important to be able to know it,
and see it, so important.
With that being said we're going
to move to D, and then we'll do C.
And then that will conclude our
major scales around chord shapes.
And we'll move on to mapping out
some triads and stuff like that.
So all this is just moving forward.
It's like we're moving this mountain
to get to where we need to be with
just the foundation, the knowledge
that it's gonna take to really
be able to unlock what everybody
wants to do on the Telecaster.
Which is burn a hot country solo and
do some great fills behind a singer,
play some cool rhythm parts and stuff.
This is all going to do that.
It just takes a little time.
Try not to get frustrated,
like I keep saying if you get a little
frustrated with something take a break.
Don't try to tough it out,
just take a break and come back to it.
And look at it in a little different
way or go to another lesson and
work on something else and come back.
Anything you need to do to just keep
inspired and interested in this.
Rather than getting frustrated and
putting your guitar in the corner and
not picking it up for a while.
So all this stuff is pretty serious and
it's really a lot of fundamental stuff.
But if you can just keep it up
the results will be incredible.
This is what I did when I was a kid,
and I learned the chords cuz I got so
frustrated with only being able to play
down on the first three or four frets.
And up here I was lost,
so this unlocks the lost.
This is the light at
the end of the tunnel.
This is like opening up
the door to all this stuff up
the finger board and up the neck.
So without further ado,
let's get to the D scales.
Around these chords
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And I'm not gonna explain every
one as whole step, half step,
whole step, half step and
what notes they are.
So once you know these in the first
couple keys they're gonna be the same in
all of them.
So let's do D
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we already did open D in the beginning
curriculum.
So we're gonna start with this C shape,
D here and
we'll start with my little finger on A.
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So we're gonna cover this chord.
[MUSIC]
Went down
to the three
there.
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So
one more time
[MUSIC].
Now we're gonna move up to here,
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The A shape D.
And we're gonna start on
A with my second finger.
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I'll
do that one
one more time.
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And you could
do this a couple
different ways.
My right hand's moving a little bit but
it's a good exercise to do down, up,
down on these.
So once you
increase your
speed
[MUSIC].
You don't have to play
it that fast right now.
But eventually, work up to that.
Really get these to where
you can go pretty fast.
And I'll show you some other exercises.
There's some things you can do,
just as an example.
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There's some exercises
you can do with these scales and
we'll get into later on.
That can really,
really develop your speed really well.
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So with that being said,
we've covered that chord,
we're going to go to this shape here.
So we'll start on your D note
with your little finger.
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And
then now we're
up to your D
bar chord.
Again, we've already come
full circle pretty much.
So we're getting back up
here towards the 12th fret.
So I'll do D bar chord.
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And then now
we're back to this D
partial here.
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So,
that covers
that chord.
So that's your major scales up the neck
with all the chord positions in D.
So now we are gonna move onto C.
And that'll conclude this lesson.
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