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Welcome back to the intermediate country
guitar curriculum we're moving right
along here.
I hope you're doing good, and practicing
a lot, and making some wonderful progress.
We're gonna move into some fun
stuff we're gonna get into some
intermediate slides and how we can how
we can utilize those into our plan.
And then, also we're going to cover
some fun stuff coming up too, so
stick with us we're going to get into
some hammer-ons, pull-offs, bends,
start incorporating some
multi string bends.
And start really getting into
what's going to define our
style in the country guitar world.
So, right now I wanna incorporate some
of the pentatonic stuff we
went over in previous lessons.
So, we're gonna utilize this
with some of the slides.
So, let's get up here in A to
work out of a different key.
We've been working in G on some stuff.
Let's get up here in A and
I just want to work
on just a little bluesy kind of lick here.
It's just going to be like this,
we're going to work out of
the A [SOUND] bar chord
position this pentatonic shape.
[SOUND] And we're going to add that
A note up the neck here, so.
[SOUND] So, what I want you to do,
is I wanna slide from my
G note to the A note.
So, what I'm gonna do,
is I'm gonna play this lick.
[SOUND] And I want you to
slide up from the G to the A.
[SOUND] And then,
we're gonna slide back down.
[SOUND] And then, we're gonna slide here.
it's kind of a bluesy little lick.
So, the lick's
gonna be, [SOUND].
So, [SOUND].
So, that's the lick we're gonna play.
Now, what I'm doing is I'm
starting on the A, [SOUND] and
I'm fretting the notes up to
the E note right here, so.
[SOUND] And then, I'm fretting the G note
[SOUND] right here in this A shape, so.
[SOUND] And then, I'm sliding right here.
And all I'm doing is just,
I'm doing like a,
this is a pretty basic slide like I
showed you in the previous lesson.
We're just sliding right up to the A,
and like I said earlier,
you don't wanna feel like you're
getting hung up on that fret.
[SOUND] You wanna just make it a nice,
smooth slide, a [SOUND].
And there is some muscle memory involved
here, so with your left hand [SOUND].
And I'm not really moving
my thumb that much.
[SOUND] It stays pretty much locked in.
So, my hand [SOUND] knows
exactly how far to go to where
my hands not going out of control and
I'm not.
[SOUND] I'm not sliding around too much,
it just knows.
[SOUND] There's a little mechanism there,
try to really focus on some of those
things that you might not think about.
Keep it very smooth.
Keep it clear.
If you notice any kind of
sound that's not really
smooth like that just make
sure you're getting a good
solid contact with the nice
meaty part of your finger.
[SOUND] And just slide right up.
[SOUND] And try to make it soulful too.
That will come with time,
once you get these concepts and
techniques more developed.
You know, that stuff will start happening
without you even thinking about it, but
just try to keep that nice and smooth.
[SOUND] And then,
we're going to slide back.
And that puts us in this
other position to where, or
it puts us back in this first
position that we were in.
So, my first finger now [SOUND] falls
right there on that E
note very comfortably.
[SOUND] And by sliding up to
that position there, [SOUND].
Now, I'm in this blues place
[SOUND] with these blue notes.
And I'm right there.
So, when I slide back down, [SOUND] I'm
getting back into this other position.
So, sliding is a great way to
get from position to position.
And we've done some of that
with the boogie boogie look.
You can see how, when your hand,
when you slide up,
it's putting you in the right position for
a lot of stuff.
So, what we are gonna do,
we are gonna slide up.
[SOUND] And we are going to slide back.
[SOUND] And then, we are gonna
slide a half step right there.
[SOUND] And then, resolve back to A.
So, that whole lick is.
I wasn't clear
on that one,
so [SOUND].
So, that's that lick.
That's that exercise there.
So, that's a pretty good
little slide technique there.
Now, the other thing I want to do
is I wanna incorporate I wanna go
over real quick just double note slides.
And what that will be in the same
space here, the A bar chord.
And I want you to take this triad,
[SOUND], and
I just want you to play those two
notes barred with your first finger.
[SOUND] And what we're gonna
do is we're just gonna slide
from this position [SOUND],
and we're gonna slide back
down almost like a little
Memphis lick [SOUND].
And I'll show you how to do this.
First thing we're gonna do is slide both
notes [SOUND], and then back [SOUND].
So, we're sliding up [SOUND], and you
really just wanna make these notes speak.
Make sure they are clear, smooth and
everything is ringing out.
[SOUND] And when you slide back
[SOUND] you're not going to,
the slide forward is gonna be louder.
These two notes are gonna be
louder than when you slide back.
[SOUND] Cuz the strings
are dying down a little bit, so.
Unless you hit that next hit, your volume
will be kind of dropping, but that's okay.
That's kind of the point here.
That's what you want.
[SOUND] So, a lick that would be used, if
you're doing something like a slower song.
And I'll show you that stuff later,
but don't worry about playing that.
I'm just showing you the idea,
I want you to get the technique down.
So, yeah,
just slide bar with that first finger, and
my thumb is gonna come back around
to this back part of the neck,
cuz it's a little more
comfortable when you do that.
[SOUND] It doesn't work as well, [SOUND]
you have to roll that, [SOUND] that thumb
down when you're doing stuff like this,
because it's a little more comfortable.
[SOUND] So, just slide, [SOUND], and
then slide back down and
that will be cool.
That will come in handy in the future
here when we start working on some
other things.
Now, the next thing I want you
to do is do the same slide.
I want you to pick instead of hitting.
[SOUND] Both strings.
I want you to slide up with the one.
Slide with your first finger,
slide this whole step [SOUND].
And then, we're gonna slide [SOUND]
back down on these two notes,
so we're going to up like this [SOUND].
And then back [SOUND].
So, [SOUND] you can use that
in ballads and stuff too.
It makes a nice little
kinda Memphis style lick.
So, don't worry about doing the whole
thing, just do this part for now [SOUND].
So, we're going down stroke slide, and
then up stroke high E
string slide back down.
So, [SOUND].
So, there's a couple intermediate
slide exercises for you to do.
Now, we're gonna move on.