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Electric Country Guitar Lessons: Minor Ideas: Flatting the 3rd

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[MUSIC]
Okay, so now we've gone
through some pentatonic shapes.
We're gonna do a couple
little minor ideas right now,
just to throw this into the mix.
We're gonna flat the third.
I'm gonna show you a couple
little different positions.
So what we'll do is, We're gonna
take G first and do A, D, and E.
So we're gonna do G.
[SOUND] So what we're doing is,
we're flatting the third
[SOUND] in these positions.
So like we did before,
I'll show you a couple different examples.
So what we're doing is, we're taking G.
[SOUND] We're flatting the third
[SOUND] and making G minor.
So we're gonna do these little
kind of arpeggio exercises.
And what we're gonna do is,
instead of this,
[MUSIC]
which is,
[MUSIC]
that's your major pentatonic sound.
We're gonna change that into and show
you how easy it is to go from the major
sound to the minor sound
by just flatting one note.
And that note is the third
degree of the scale.
So [SOUND] one, two [SOUND],
three [SOUND] is B.
[SOUND] We're gonna play B flat instead.
And I'll show you what that sounds like.
So instead of this,
[MUSIC]
we're gonna go
[MUSIC].
And you can hear how that changes.
[SOUND] It's a minor sound.
So what we're gonna do is,
we're gonna go G [SOUND], A [SOUND].
And then we're gonna outline this shape,
and here's how this works.
Here's your major third.
[MUSIC]
So that's your minor third.
So you can tell that changes, right,
from one [SOUND], five [SOUND],
three [SOUND] to one [SOUND],
five [SOUND], flat three [SOUND].
[MUSIC]
There's your triad.
So
[MUSIC].
So what we're gonna do is,
we're gonna take the B and
go down just one half-step
[SOUND] to B flat.
[SOUND] And
we're gonna do the same thing here.
[MUSIC]
So with that being said,
That's the same lick on
three different octaves.
That's G, A, and B flat on this string,
this string, and then the B string,
the D string and B string.
So I'll show you how that works.
So it's the same lick.
[MUSIC]
And that's the flatted third.
Otherwise, it would sound like
[MUSIC].
So that's the minor.
So what this lick is,
is it's just almost an arpeggio.
[MUSIC]
And I'm just outlining [SOUND] that chord.
So
[MUSIC].
And I'm outlining that chord right there.
[MUSIC]
So
[MUSIC].
And that's your two [SOUND] notes of your
G chord, whether it's minor or major,
cuz that's just the [SOUND] one and
the [SOUND] five.
So
[MUSIC].
And then, [SOUND] right there,
I'm thinking of this chord shape.
[SOUND] And
then you're just flatting the third.
[SOUND] So
[MUSIC],
and ending on that.
So that's a full
[MUSIC].
And you're leading with your ring finger.
You're leading up to the next position.
So
[MUSIC].
So that's how you do that in G.
Now we'll do the same thing in A,
[SOUND] Just up a whole step from G to A.
[MUSIC]
Okay, now we'll do it in D,
and then we'll do it in E.
So we're gonna jump down to this
[SOUND] position right here.
So
[MUSIC].
Then we're just gonna barre that
[SOUND] because that's your D.
[SOUND] That's your D minor.
You're just moving that third down one.
And this is a good exercise
to just start hearing that,
how that one note [SOUND] changes
the style and sound of your playing.
So D again,
[MUSIC].
And then in E, we're gonna
jump down here and go
[MUSIC].
So that's your
[MUSIC].
So [SOUND].
So
[MUSIC],
and then E right
here, on this.
[MUSIC]
Okay, that's a couple little introductions
to some minor ideas and
how the flat third changes your sound.
And we'll get more into that,
too, later on.
All right, moving along.
[MUSIC]