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Electric Country Guitar Lessons: Using Chord Shapes

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[MUSIC]
Okay, we're gonna go over a few things
here as far as just looking
even more in depth in
the chord shapes to outline
how the single notes really,
really work around these moving up and
down the fingerboard.
So we're gonna talk about just these
basic major shapes that we've gone over.
And just a little bit more how to connect
those using some single note ideas.
So, I wanna do a couple things here
that'll help you kinda connect
some of these ideas.
And what I wanna do, I wanna start
the first idea on the high G note.
We're gonna cover this position
going from the A-shaped G, [SOUND].
We're gonna cover this partial
of that A-shape, [SOUND].
We're gonna cover the D-shape,
[SOUND] the G7,
[MUSIC]
and then the G bar chord.
So we're looking at,
[MUSIC]
just those triads,
[MUSIC].
So we're gonna start.
Now, we're gonna play this
lick that I like to use, and
it covers all these chord shapes.
So, the lick
is this,
[MUSIC].
So,
[MUSIC]
so up to tempo that sounds like this,
[MUSIC]
see,
[MUSIC].
So, that lick is I'm going G,
[MUSIC]
right down to C chromatic,
[MUSIC].
So that covers my,
[MUSIC]
my G7 over this shape,
[MUSIC].
And then right here,
[MUSIC]
I'm gonna pick up this shape,
[MUSIC].
And I'm gonna walk into that chromatically
from A,
[MUSIC]
up to the major third of G, the B note.
So,
[MUSIC]
right into that chord
shape,
[MUSIC].
So I'm gonna switch,
[MUSIC]
and I'm gonna play over that little
sequence right there,
[MUSIC].
So,
[MUSIC]
and then right there,
[SOUND] I'm gonna slide out,
[MUSIC].
I'm gonna come off the F,
which is the G7th note,
[MUSIC].
So,
[MUSIC]
major third,
[MUSIC]
right into that G-shape.
So,
[MUSIC]
so that's that lick.
That shows you how to connect,
[MUSIC]
out of these shapes,
[MUSIC]
right to join all the way down through
those shapes.
So I'm just showing you a little bit more
of how the chord shapes are gonna affect
your single notes versus the double
stops and stuff like that.
So with that being said,
let's jump down here to this shape,
[MUSIC].
So, when I'm outlining these chords,
[MUSIC]
and I'm gonna play a lick into
another chord,
[MUSIC]
I'll go right down this G,
[MUSIC]
I'm utilizing
[MUSIC].
So, I'm utilizing a little bit
of that scale that we went over,
[MUSIC]
which was the major seven or
the flat seven scale,
which is, [SOUND] the major
scale with the flat seven,
[MUSIC].
So,
[MUSIC]
so,
what I'm gonna do there is while I'm in G,
if I
wanna run up here to this next position,
[MUSIC]
I'm gonna play an arpeggio right out of
that,
[MUSIC]
which is,
[MUSIC]
right down the chord,
[MUSIC].
And I'm gonna land on that seven,
[MUSIC].
So,
[MUSIC]
so that is a simple,
simple way to get from the one
chord to four chord by just
going down that arpeggio,
[MUSIC].
And then right down the scale,
[MUSIC]
ending on C, so
then you've got that right there.
You're right there,
[MUSIC].
So then you're right there at your C7,
[MUSIC]
and then resolving right back to G.
So,
[MUSIC]
right there.
So these little
arpeggios,
[MUSIC].
So that's using the chord
shape around,
[MUSIC]
this D7, so
I'm going,
[MUSIC]
and then what did I do there?
So,
[MUSIC]
so I came right off of that visualizing
this D7,
[MUSIC]
right into that.
So,
[MUSIC]
I'm going right down that chord
progression.
So,
[MUSIC]
same lick,
[MUSIC].
So you can see how these start to connect,
[MUSIC]
and then look, you're right there,
[MUSIC].
So I'll add,
[MUSIC]
and look right back to that chord shape,
[MUSIC]
major third to the one in G,
right out of there.
So with that being said, let's move
down to another position here, and
we'll go right out of the G,
[MUSIC].
And then literally go right to
your C there,
[MUSIC].
So,
[MUSIC]
there's a great lick,
[MUSIC].
And the same
thing we did down
here,
[MUSIC]
go to D,
[MUSIC]
C,
[MUSIC]
right?
And then right here,
we're looking at this shape,
[MUSIC].
If you wanna go to C,
[MUSIC]
you start on G,
[MUSIC]
same thing we did in
D here,
[MUSIC].
And then you can go jump right here,
[MUSIC]
play something right out
of the G7 shape,
[MUSIC].
Let's see,
do that again,
[MUSIC].
So it's just really mapping
out the chord shapes.
I've said that probably 30 times
throughout the course of this whole lesson
program, but it is just so important to
see how those chord shapes work together.
I mean it's literally just playing,
[SOUND] out of one chord shape.
When the chord changes,
[SOUND] you go to the next chord,
[MUSIC].
And it's all about using those
dominant sevens and the major thirds,
cuz that's really what makes it
sound like you're changing chords.
So, that's a little bit about
kinda navigating the fret board,
visualizing those chord shapes.
And just seeing how sliding down with
your first finger on something like this,
[MUSIC].
Well,
[MUSIC]
something like that with
your first finger,
[MUSIC]
pr with your ring finger,
[MUSIC].
See how sliding up with that first finger,
[MUSIC]
or that middle finger rather,
there,
[MUSIC]
just to change into those
different positions.
So with that being said,
let's move on to something else.
[MUSIC]