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Electric Country Guitar Lessons: Connecting the Pentatonics to Chord Shapes

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[MUSIC]
Okay, now after we've gone through
some pentatonic shapes, we're gonna kinda
take a quick look at how the pentatonics
are connected to some
of these chord shapes.
And, this is a really good
lesson because it's gonna start
unlocking some of the mysteries
of how this stuff is connected.
We've been through the chords,
we've been through the pentatonics.
Now we're gonna show how these chords,
shapes, and pentatonics work together.
So what we're gonna do, we're gonna take
this shape that we've been working on,
we're going to work in G.
[MUSIC]
This shape
here,
[MUSIC]
okay.
Now what we're gonna do is we're gonna
take these shapes that I showed you,
and we're gonna break these down
into just like two note pieces.
So we're gonna take this
block pattern in G,
the part of the bar chord and
I'm gonna show you.
And these are almost like arpeggios,
cuz we're gonna go,
we're just gonna use some of these
key notes from the pentatonic.
So we're gonna go,
[MUSIC]
and what that is is that's just outlining
this G chord,
these three notes in this G chord
perfectly, so one, three, five, one.
So we're actually gonna go A,
we're gonna go two,
one, two, three, five, one.
So, [MUSIC] and then we're gonna do
the same thing on the next three strings.
[MUSIC]
So you can see,
the whole thing will be,
[MUSIC]
so you're getting from the low
string of G down to the high string
of G with this one quick movement.
[MUSIC]
And you can alternate your picking
on this, watch my right hand.
[MUSIC]
So we're taking that pentatonic and
we're just even breaking it down to me,
more simply, we're just playing one,
two, three, five, one, two,
three, five, one.
And I wanna show you that this,
it's basically, you're playing a G chord.
[MUSIC]
Three, five, one, so,
it couldn't be more out
of the chord than that.
So when we go from this G,
[MUSIC]
we're sliding,
[MUSIC]
right into that chord.
And that is part of your C shape G,
it's just that triad that we went over.
[MUSIC]
It's just that chord exactly, so
we're sliding right into that chord,
and so
much playing is done right out of
the chord position that it's incredible.
So we get into all that stuff too, but
this is a great way to get up the neck.
I mean, you can do and what I want to do,
is I wanna just focus on G here.
We'll go through G, and
I'll show you C and D chord changes.
So we're gonna just go,
[MUSIC]
and if you want to,
you can go up one more.
[MUSIC]
So,
[MUSIC]
right?
Now, that's right out
of that chord shape and
I just really want you to visualize that.
So that's there shape, there's that shape,
which is the triad that we did earlier.
So with that being said,
when you move down to C,
when you move down to this position,
it's the same thing.
[MUSIC]
But you're going to slide into that triad
over the C bar chord
[MUSIC]
so right there we're working off of that.
So,
[MUSIC]
right into that C bar chord.
So
[MUSIC],
and then D,
[MUSIC]
and what we're gonna do is,
we're gonna practice that
to the backing track.
And we're gonna use the slow train beat.
And I just want you to practice this for
everything.
Practice this for the speed,
getting your speed up with your right hand
and just connecting these three chords.
So we're gonna insert
this little exercise and
it's just gonna be that riff.
[MUSIC]
Okay, we're gonna do that
over these chord changes with
the backing track coming right up.
[MUSIC]