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Electric Country Guitar Lessons: “Mama Tried” - Intermediate Soloing Over Songs

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[MUSIC]
Okay,
we're back.
We're gonna do some intermediate
soloing over a Merle Haggard song
called Mama Tried.
And I'll show you the intro to this song
now, and then we'll play through it.
And then, I'll explain a little bit of
what I'm doing playing through this song.
So we're gonna start in D.
And we're gonna incorporate the B
minor chord in this song also,
which is just like your B barre chord.
But you're gonna barre,
you're gonna hit your first finger
on the second fret A string.
Little finger and ring finger on the G and
D string on the fourth fret.
And then we're gonna move,
this D sharp note is gonna
be D natural now, so
we're playing this in B minor.
[MUSIC]
So
we're gonna incorporate that
chord into this song too.
So the way the intro is on this song,
which is pretty famous,
it starts out of this D triad right here.
[MUSIC]
And it's,
[MUSIC]
so there's a little bit of a cross-picking
pattern with your right hand.
The pick is going,
[MUSIC].
So it's down,
[MUSIC].
Down, up,
up, down,
so,
[MUSIC].
Okay, so you're gonna barre these three.
And then you're gonna hit this A note,
which is out of this A shape chord,
with your little finger.
And then you're
gonna go,
[MUSIC].
So,
[MUSIC].
And there's gonna be a little pull-off
with that middle finger around this right
off this G note going to
the F sharp right here.
So,
[MUSIC]
so slow that.
[MUSIC]
So that's
the opening riff of that.
And then what happens
next is it goes,
[MUSIC].
Let's see,
[MUSIC].
And then it goes,
[MUSIC].
So that's bending up out
of this D barre chord,
[MUSIC].
And we're ending on the flat 7,
which is a C note.
So that's,
[MUSIC]
and then the same thing an octave down.
[MUSIC]
And then we're into the song.
So that's how the intro goes.
And we're gonna play now, and then we'll
go over a little bit of stuff afterwards.
[MUSIC]
All
right,
so
that's
Mama
Tried
by
Merle
Haggard.
And I just wanna show you how we're
getting into soloing over those chord
changes.
And even when we went to the sixth minor.
We're staying in the same
realm of D with this,
[MUSIC]
pentatonic kind of shape here.
So when we get to the sixth minor,
that's the relative minor of D.
So we're able to play
in the same pentatonic
shape right here,
[MUSIC]
as we are in the whole song.
We're playing out of
this D penatonic shape.
And we're mixing the major sound with the
more bluesy sound in this song as well.
We're kind of going back and
forth a little bit, but
with that being said when you
play over this minor chord.
So here's your D,
[MUSIC]
and there's the B minor.
So you can tell there,
it's really that you don't even have to
move this triad to get that minor chord.
So the same scale works for both.
So when that song goes,
[MUSIC]
you're playing over this.
Where you can still play,
[MUSIC].
It works right out of that same position,
so you don't even have to really
change what you're playing so
drastically to play over that minor cord.
So that's something that's pretty cool.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
The way we got into this tune,
was going right into your D shape here and
sliding right up,
[MUSIC].
So right there,
[MUSIC]
I'm right into this D shape there.
I'm using this,
I'm sliding into this D shape.
So I'm going,
[MUSIC].
And since I know my G is right there,
I'm just sliding right up.
[MUSIC]
And I'm hammering on
those two notes right there,
to make that G chord so.
[MUSIC]
So right there,
I'm sliding down to that g right there.
[MUSIC]
A little bend.
[MUSIC]
From right there.
[MUSIC]
Right to the A.
[MUSIC]
A7 right
up to the D.
[MUSIC]
So, I'm trying to show you how I'm
playing over these chords,
without really even moving that much.
I'm just going right into these chords.
[MUSIC]
So, I'm
sliding right up into
that D shape right
there, so
[MUSIC].
So right down the scale.
[MUSIC]
Right to A.
Right down to D.
And that works so
well with these country songs,
because most of them are pretty simple.
So, well, with that being said,
I'm gonna just [COUGH].
And I'm bending some strings.
That was all pretty major sounding.
[MUSIC]
And then,
you can do some of the bluesier stuff.
So when I'm bending here,
[MUSIC].
Let's see right there.
[MUSIC]
I didn't stay there too long,
because right after that.
[MUSIC]
I went right back to something that's
kinda major and
more in the vibe of the song.
It's in a major key, so.
Even if you do something like that,
if you do hit one of
the blues licks though,
if you start here,
[MUSIC]
you might do something like that
to answer it.
So that bend I did right there,
out of this A position D.
I'm going, I'm sliding up.
[MUSIC]
And I am hitting the six.
I am hitting B.
[MUSIC]
I am bending up a full step.
[MUSIC]
So that is a great still guitar.
[MUSIC]
So I'm sliding up here.
[MUSIC]
Right down.
[MUSIC]
Right down that pentatonic shape.
So,
[MUSIC]
you'd hit that with your
little finger, so
[MUSIC].
So that's the lick.
[MUSIC]
So
you want to hit that with
your hybrid technique,
with your middle finger there, so
[MUSIC]
and we learn that licking G earlier.
So that's the same thing.
[MUSIC]
Right down
the scale.
[MUSIC]
So that's a great little lick right there.
You can do some of this stuff here,
where you're bending
[MUSIC].
You can start measuring
get a little blues there.
[MUSIC]
Now those are pre bends.
I'm bending up.
[MUSIC]
Before I engage the note.
So,
[MUSIC]
I'm bending up first before I hit
the note.
[MUSIC]
Or,
[MUSIC]
and that's
bending.
[MUSIC]
That's a great little riff for
bending down there in D.
And another thing I did,
I put a little bit of a bluegrass riff
over the melody of the song,
so I went down here.
I
played
a
[MUSIC].
So that is how I got out of that.
But the lick here is.
[MUSIC]
We are gonna use the scale.
[MUSIC]
But what we're
gonna do what some
people call the [SOUND].
It's back and forth.
[MUSIC]
And then right back to D, and so
we're playing over this chord changes by
going over right up the scale [SOUND].
But we're gonna elaborate
on the scale a little bit.
[MUSIC]
So it's gonna be going back and
repeating where you left off,
one time before you go to the next note.
So
[MUSIC].
So,
[MUSIC].
Let's see,
[MUSIC].
So that
covers,
[MUSIC]
D to G,
D to G.
So,
[MUSIC].
And the intro of the outro to
that song is the same thing.
I'm just showing you how
to play around these chords
a little bit on that kind of stuff,
so please send me a video
with any questions, and
we're going to move on here.
[MUSIC]