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>> Okay,
we're back here with
Intermediate Country Guitar.
And right now, I wanna incorporate
a little bit of the drop D tuning, and
we're just gonna run through this and
get a few little ideas out there.
Now, what we're doing is we're
just gonna take your open D
string
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and we're gonna tune the low E string
down to D.
So the way I do it is I
hit the open D string
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and I just tune right down to the D note.
It's just down.
We're going down one whole
step from E down to D.
So now we'll have unison D notes here on
this
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D string, and
then
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now your low E string will be a D.
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So we tune down,
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and this gives us a great low string,
almost like a baritone guitar sound,
almost, to use with D.
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And I'll show you that works, but
it just gives you a nice
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I'll show you how this works.
So if you're in D, and
you go to the IV chord which is G,
now that this string is down a whole step,
in order to make your G chord if you
were to fret normal, this is now an F.
So everything is a whole
step down from where it was.
So your G is gonna be like this.
You're gonna fret these two
string on your third fret, and
then your ring finger is gonna fret the G,
which is now a G on your fifth fret.
So that's gonna sound like this.
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So there's your G.
And A is the same.
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You could hit the E with your thumb if you
want, but I would just avoid that and
play a regular A.
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And then to get back to the D, you've got
all these blues notes you can
hit here to get back to your D.
So there's all this stuff
right around the third fret.
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So every note right there on the third
fret and on your E string, A string,
and D string works for this sound.
So it's kinda like,
I don't know how to describe this.
It's a bluesy sound, but
it works well in country music for
anything in D.
And especially if you're
playing a Waylon song or
something that's got a little
bit of a funky groove to it.
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And you can pull off
on the fifth fret and
the third fret like this,
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so I'm pulling off
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with both fingers.
So I'm striking
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so I'm pulling off
both of those
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and I'm giving a slight
little bend on that last one
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on the third fret with
the first finger
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So that's drop D.
Those are little things you can do there.
Now, let's maybe play a few of these
kind of licks with one of the tracks.
Let's do like the D Waylon Groove
with the three
chords change, and
if we've got that on there.
>> One, two, three.
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Okay so
there's a good
example of
how to use
that drop
D in some
different ways
and changing
chords and
playing a few
little notes
around there.
And those are just ideas.
You don't have to stick to
exactly what I'm doing.
I'm just showing you the notes to use and
how to play that G chord.
So you can have some fun with that.
That's just a quick little lesson on that,
on the drop D tuning there.
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