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[MUSIC]
Okay.
We're gonna talk now just briefly
about blending some other styles into
country playing, which is something
that I do pretty frequently.
And what I wanna talk about
is just the fact that,
basically this comes down to
what your influences are.
If you like, I love Latin music so
I incorporate some of those
ideas into this style.
I love blues music, so I think country and
blues are very well connected.
So I incorporate those
styles into this music.
Jazz comes into play, some funk styles.
So this is something that you wanna
kind of touch on lightly, and
I'm not saying like in the middle of
Momma Tried, you're not gonna want to
throw in like a montuno,
which is a latin rhythm or something.
But, if you're soloing you're
really improvising on something,
and you have the freedom to kind
of play what comes to mind.
You can use some of
these different fields.
I'll use jazz approaches
even with a back pick up,
I mean if I'm playing an A7.
[MUSIC]
I'll throw
in some jazzier
ideas, where I'm
kinda working off
the G major 7.
[MUSIC]
Over A7,
and you can still get the country sound.
[MUSIC]
mean,
that was pretty
much sounded like
country guitar.
But I threw in a couple
of different things,
to kinda just take it out of the
pentatonic box and all that kinda stuff.
And we're gonna really get into
that heavily in the advanced style,
just to kinda we're coming up tours
in the end of the intermediate
portion of this lesson program.
So, I'm start this kind of wrap
up a little bit in this some
more concepts that won't be get in to,
there's a bunch of things coming up.
This gonna be a lot of fun.
You know, taking the Blues and
using these pentatonic shapes.
We'll do it in A again.
[MUSIC]
we're taking these
pentatonic shapes
[MUSIC]
very bluesy-sounding,
but with the back pickup and
the chicken picking technique.
[MUSIC]
It takes the blues sound and
makes it country.
To me, it's just that whole thing.
And then over some of the more
the swing kinda stuff,
if you're playing a country shuffle.
You can do some kinda,
little bit more jazzier licks.
[MUSIC]
I mean, I'm just
hinting on a few things in there
with the front pickup, but
that's just how those work.
You don't have to play any
of this stuff note for note.
I'm just giving you these examples.
The funky kind of approach,
the funk kind of sound,
is something that I'd use in the rhythm
for sure, which if you're like an A.
[MUSIC]
Just really getting
that kinda swing, and
that feel of the rhythm,
and stuff.
Those are things that can be
influenced by these other styles.
There's not really a lesson here other
than just kind of starting to think
a little bit outside the box like,
not being limited
to just the country guitar that you
might have heard on records in the past.
And this is not to say not to be tasteful,
because that's the whole key.
But if you have the freedom to be able to
incorporate some of these other feels,
and we'll get into more of this stuff as
we get into the advanced section, but
that's just kinda how they work.
And just mainly this is to say that
don't feel limited by anything.
This is a country guitar lesson, but
there's a lot of other styles you can
be inspired by, and influenced by,
and use it in this stuff too.
So we're gonna move on, and that was just
a quick little run down of some of that
kind of stuff, so yeah, thanks.
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