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Electric Country Guitar Lessons: “Lonesome, On'ry and Mean” - Intermediate Soloing Over Songs

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Okay, we're gonna talk now about a couple
of improvising ideas over
Lonesome On'ry and Mean.
And we'll be using the C chord,
the G chord, and the D chord.
The song's in D.
And I've tuned down, [SOUND].
I've done my drop D tuning for
this song, and
we'll work on a few of
those concepts as well.
So let's get in here.
I'm gonna play some stuff that you don't
have to play exactly note for note.
And then we're gonna go over just
some stuff, some concepts and
stuff of soloing, getting into some
pretty heavy intermediate playing here.
So we're gonna do some string bending and
start working up the neck, and
seeing how these chord
shapes work together.
So we're just gonna keep
doing what we're doing, and
hopefully the light bulb is going on here.
So just making the transition,
outlining the chord shapes,
using the major third and the flat seven.
And just visualizing these chords and
seeing all [SOUND] the shapes
that are connected here.
So let's play a little bit and then
we'll talk some more about it [COUGH].
>> One, [NOISE] two,
[NOISE] one, two, three.
>> Okay, so there was a little
Lonesome On'ry and Mean.
We bent some strings and
we outlined the chords.
And we worked on a couple
of different positions,
threw in a little G7 steel-style
bend that we'll go over.
And mainly, you can kinda see how I'm
incorporating in a song like that
some blues playing as well, that's very
much a part of the country guitar style.
I mean, especially the way I approach it,
is very bluesy and kinda funky.
And I am popping a lot of strings and
So what I did there was, I'm using these
key notes to start off these licks,
and it's just about compiling
a huge vocabulary of these licks.
It's like a lick database.
And it's not to say that your gonna
play just to where you're gonna sound
like you're playing a lot of licks,
over and over again.
You're wanting to use these licks to
transition into one position and another.
To where you can start,
you take all these lick ideas and
all these home bases, and
then you're improvising and
changing them as you go.
So, on that intro, instead of going on
the beginners section where we
were just using one string,
I used a couple of different
strings here on the intro.
So the intro is C, G, and D.
So, what I did was, as soon as the song
started and you hit that flat seven,
that C chord
I outlined that chord by sliding right
up into that position which is this
position we've been working off of.
So I went
right from there
So that outlines that perfectly.
It's the phrasing that does that.
So, when I hit that flat seven [SOUND],
that big diamond right there,
which means a long chord held out.
And then, G held out, and then
you're getting into that rhythm.
So, the first note out of
the gate was this big C
that part.
And again,
I did a pull off.
So that's the end of the phrase
And that works out
well with the timing
And then
that's your last riff,
kind of finishing up that phrase.
So with that being said,
we did a couple of other bends.
We did some of the bends
that we did in the other
segment where we
introduced string bending,
this kind of bend here
So there's a phrase right there
So I went
right down that chromatic blue scale.
And I got into that bend with
some pick up notes.
So right out of the chord [SOUND],
literally every note
right out of the chord
So, then I went to G
I'm using my major third,
walking into that from A
Switching that position,
you're going into a G7 shape right there.
Because I'm thinking this chord,
that my G7 chord
and I'm using D, F, and then open G so.
Another D riff
right out of the F
So with the drop D
it keeps you right there on that box
pattern with those three frets.
So then when you're soloing over that and
it goes to the four chord,
I did this bend here.
And what that is,
is I'm holding my little finger on G7,
on the seventh note, that flat seven
of G which gives you that seven sound.
Dominate seven.
So I bent up with my middle finger.
And I held that note
and I'm coming back down.
So basically that's
if you had to fret it.
So I'm going up and I'm using my first
finger to reinforce that middle finger or
else I could never do that so.
And when I release [SOUND], I'm hitting
the major third of G to give it a real
major sound.
So this is bluesy.
But when I release I'm using the major
third and I'm letting that seven ring and
it gives you that.
That sound of it really being a G7 chord.
So that's what we did there.
We went
resolve into that.
So, there's a couple of
things there that we did.
Now, you could elaborate on this and
go up.
So into this other position
So what we did earlier
when I explained doing the double stops in
so I get up into this other position now
to where we're going
Where we get into this, from this
A shape D up into your bar chord shape.
Excuse me, so we'll go into this
and then we're gonna slide with our
ring finger
up to that.
So we've hit a A there.
Then we're gonna slide up to this A on
the 12th fret, so
we're gonna do this move.
And I'm hitting the seven there instead of
this, so it sounds a little funkier.
And if you need to use your little finger,
you can right there.
So that's what we're going for
So we're just gonna go right down the
The pentatonic scale of this D shape here,
so we're going.
So that's a great position
shifter right there
And that's taken
us from the major
right into the bluesy sound
there again, so
We have all these licks
right around there.
So let's play this lick together
just a couple times and
then well move on to another song idea.
So, just showing you some of the tools
here to be able to start improvising and
looking at how these chords and
stuff really relate to each other.
So let's do this lick.
3, 4
And then once you get down here
you can do that
So off of that shape
I'm holding A
So when I am
bending here this
is a major sound.
then I go here or just up a minor third.
A 1, 2, 3, 4 frets up,
I'm gonna pedal off of a C.
And I am going to bend from G up to A.
which is [SOUND], that shape,
essentially the D7.
and you can use those together.
Those all become just licks,
one just builds on the next,
and builds on the next.
So, we're just gonna keep
working through that.
So, we're gonna move on
here to another song