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Electric Country Guitar Lessons: “Crazy Arms” Advanced Soloing Over Songs

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[MUSIC]
All right that was Crazy Arms.
And you can see we did a little bit of
embellishing there on the melody as well.
Instead of just sticking to that
one note melody like
[MUSIC].
I incorporated two notes into the melody.
So when I slid up to the blue note there,
the B flat
[MUSIC]
I went
[MUSIC]
So what that is,
is I'm just using a little
bit of this harmony
notes that we went over
in the previous lessons.
[MUSIC]
So that
bend there,
that's
a pretty
old-school-style
thing.
What I'm doing there is
I'm hitting the C note.
[MUSIC]
And
that's pretty cool if you
use that taste for it.
So what I'm doing, I'm basically going
[MUSIC]
But I'm bending that last note
[MUSIC]
And then a chromatic down.
[MUSIC]
So there's that.
Now you'll notice when
I do the turn around
[MUSIC]
When I went to G,
[MUSIC]
I did a little E-minor [SOUND] E-flat
minor [SOUND] D minor to G 9.
So I went into a little thing there
that was just a little substitution
over the five chord.
So
[MUSIC]
And I'm starting to get into a little of
these almost like chord melody things,
which we are gonna go over.
But that was just coming over the 5 chord.
[MUSIC]
Sot that's just an E minor shape
[MUSIC]
Half step down, E flat minor.
D minor [SOUND] and
then going from D minor to [SOUND] the G9.
So
[MUSIC]
we're getting a little jazzy but
that's okay cuz this is a country shuffle.
[MUSIC]
So that's D minor to G9.
[MUSIC]
And
I'm just walking this base
note down to guess what?
The major third.
Cuz there you go.
[SOUND] It's outlying
that chord perfectly.
So
[MUSIC]
What I did there was I hammered on.
[MUSIC]
Actually, I didn't hammer on, but
I hit this note here.
So
[MUSIC]
Right to your 5
chord, G9.
And then revolving back to your 1.
So over the 5 chord.
[MUSIC]
So there I went out of this shape.
[MUSIC]
I walked down from G to what would
be G7 covering that F chord.
That's an F shape, but
it's essentially G7.
[MUSIC]
Right back into resolving to my C.
So there's a couple things I did there.
I did another little lick that is really
cool to do over the shuffle feel.
[MUSIC]
So what that is is I'm just hitting,
I'm outlining this chord
perfectly, this C shape.
[MUSIC]
So I'm just going one note
ahead of each note of the chord.
So
[MUSIC]
You can use that as a little lick.
Like
[MUSIC]
So you can do that everywhere.
[MUSIC]
Sorry, yeah, yeah.
[MUSIC]
Put a little action on the base note there
to kinda make that speak
a little differently,
but [SOUND] that's a great
lick you can do, too.
So I did another little
bend here where I went
[MUSIC]
So I bent the C note there.
[SOUND] So
[MUSIC]
So that was from the 1 to the 5.
[MUSIC]
And you can go right back up cuz there's
your position.
So these things are great.
[MUSIC]
So that gives you
some ideas on Crazy Arms.
Let's move to the next song.
[MUSIC]