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Electric Country Guitar Lessons: “Folsom Prison Blues” - Intermediate Soloing Over Songs

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Now, we're gonna get into some
intermediate soloing
concepts over these tunes.
Making some transitions,
outlining the chord shapes.
Continuing to visualize
these chord shapes and
outlining the major third, and
flat seven in these chords.
So we're gonna get into that a little bit.
Let's start with Folsom Prison Blues and
we're just gonna jump right in here.
what we did
there was
we expanded
a little bit
on the melody
just that
first part,
kind of that
Luther Perkins
style solo
that he did.
Which is focused on basically,
the major third of the E chord [SOUND] and
I'm hammering from the G and
I'm hitting the high E string.
So that's going.
I'm hammering on also using
the third fret of the B string.
Or actually, I'm not hammering on this.
I'm hammering on this first one.
But that's a straight plucked note there.
So hammering on the first fret, G string.
High E.
Twice on the same phrase of the B string
on the third fret.
Same thing.
And I used this lick in there
too where I'm sliding up to the E7 shape,
which is that cord shown like that.
So [SOUND] and I'm letting that E string,
I'm just playing
these two notes of it and
I'm letting that E string ring.
And then hammering on.
then sliding down [SOUND]
with the second finger.
Hammering on with the first finger like we
did in the beginning.
And then.
All of this is about creating
these phrases and then ending them.
So to do that phrase.
then to
the five
So that's like
some low string things
you can do on the B.
That's out of B seven.
So I'm walking up.
And I'm hammering on,
I'm using this first fret of the D string.
So I'm walking up G sharp, chromatic A.
A to a B flat B.
So [SOUND] and then D.
And I'm doing that a couple times,
three times.
And then right there and
that ends your phrase.
So that's to go to A.
You're outlying that chord and
then right back to E.
So it's just these little
phrases that come in
right around the cord.
So as soon as you go to the A.
And then right when you are getting
ready to go back to E,
you play a lick out of E.
And that creates
those phrases around
those chords.
We're getting into a little
bit of improvising here.
You're using these pentatonic shapes.
That's all right out of.
But we are starting to incorporate
a little bit of the major third,
which is going to define like that's E7.
So you're using the flat seven,
the D note which is your seven or
your blues note.
And the major
third together.
So that gives you this sound,
which is like you're
using the major third.
So that defines E major.
But it's E dominant seven.
So you're using the major third, but
you're also incorporating
the flat seven as well.
Which is that chord, [SOUND] E7.
So working up the neck, if you look
at some of these chords like this,
you're using the shape of this chord.
So when I play this note,
[SOUND] that's the major third.
So you can do little things [SOUND] like
that where I'm hitting this
kind of blue note, which is G.
But I'm getting to it.
Like hitting B here, A and
then I'm hammering on to make it sound
like I'm in the dominant chord.
I'm going [SOUND] and
then I'm hammering on to that note there.
You can slide, if you want.
So that's the same
lick on all three octaves.
You can go.
You can go open [SOUND] or
closed right there.
Which is a whole lick all the way down,
but you're using blues note
to keep it kinda bluesy.
But you're also using that major
third [SOUND] to keep it from
being too minor sounding, like this.
So you're using that
major third to outline that chord.
Now when you go to the A chord.
Now when you go to A, to define A,
[SOUND] you slide into that major
third which is right there or
right there or right there.
So just to do that lick,
[SOUND] that defines that chord.
[SOUND] Now if you wanna get
a little bluesy with it, you can go.
You could hit that.
This is a great position for
country too right out of this.
[SOUND] So we're skipping over the D and
going right to G.
that's like a couple blues that's there.
And all this stuff can be used over
the song that we just played,
Folsom Prison Blues.
So that's why we're getting into these.
I'm just showing you how you can play
around some of these cords and improvise
not to show you exactly what I did on
that song note for note exactly, but
just the position I played out of it and
that will get you starting to improvise.
You don't have to do
exactly what I do here.
Exactly like it, note for note.
These are just the tools to start
improvising on your own, as well.
And just using your ear and really
visualizing these chords like that shape.
But so what I'm saying here is
you can when you get up to this,
there's some great open strings in A and
E that you can use here.
So you hear that in country
all the time when people go.
So all that is is I'm hybrid picking.
And I'm coming back and
I'm hitting the sixth, the F sharp and
I'm coming back and hitting that.
And rocking that off of this G,
which is your blues note.
then right there.
That's a little advanced.
But I mean, that's a great bunch of licks
that you can do out of these open strings.
Now when you go to your five chord,
there's another thing you can do.
I'll show you how to get up
into another position here.
When you go to your five.
So to get up into that position.
This is a great way to change position.
So we're going E to B.
We're gonna hit that chord
to define that chord and
then we're gonna move up into this
position, but we're gonna go.
Double stop right there.
And then now, we're gonna work out
of this position right here.
This B position and
we're playing over the five chord in E.
That's our lick.
So just right up the chromatic.
And now, we're gonna go.
So we're gonna slide up
into those two notes.
We're working out of
this B shape right here.
So we're gonna go.
one phrase.
Now, here's the second phrase.
And then we're
gonna bend right there.
So I'm going.
So I'm bending
up to there.
Now I want you to do this and
we're gonna do this.
So we are bending up [SOUND] and
we're gonna hit that note.
Now we're gonna go up to this position,
the B position and
play out of the blues shape.
So same.
Same idea.
So this is all
over, we're in E.
So we've
So then.
To resolve back to E, we're just gonna go.
And the reason I'm showing you
this is because as soon as I go.
A little out of tune here, lets see.
So what I'm saying is you are in
the blues mode here for the five cord.
We've gone up to here [SOUND] And then.
So as soon as I hit that major third,
that defines that I've
resolved back to E and
that's a little lesson in that.
We'll move onto some other keys and
we'll keep talking about this stuff.