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Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons: Finding Transition Points When Playing the 10ths

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[MUSIC]
Let's
just recap now, very briefly on playing in
tenths.
First of all, on the, the six string.
[MUSIC]
Again, remember what I said before.
Don't worry about the fingering.
Just use whichever fingers feel
comfortable for you.
And name the notes
in your mind, remember what they are.
Now here is it on the fifth.
[MUSIC]
And now on the fourth string.
[MUSIC]
And we come to another point here.
Because if we want to start playing that
whole range of the scale,
unless we've got a, a guitar fingerboard
[LAUGH] that's about 25 feet long,
at some point, we're going to have to have
transition points.
Where we're going to go from, playing the
anchor note or
the root note on the sixth string to the
fifth string.
So, we can, this, first of all I'll play
this for you in G major.
On the sixth string.
[MUSIC]
And
what we can do is now have a transition
point.
This is very important, and this decision
is yours.
You can decide at one point you want to go
from having your anchor note on the sixth
string to the fifth string.
And that can depend on a number of things
how you,
you decide to finger you, the fingering
you're, you're gonna use on that.
And also, the, the tone because, you know,
eh for instance, a, a G.
[SOUND] Here on the fourth string, and
that very same note, the G on the fifth
string [SOUND] Sounds slightly different.
That's mellower, when you play further up
here it's mellower.
So you're gonna decide on that.
So here is the chord again.
The scale again.
[MUSIC]
And
that's playing it all on the one string.
Now, let's have a, a transition point.
I'm gonna choose to, to, my transition
point here.
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Up to B.
So there's a G, A, B.
[MUSIC]
Now I'm gonna play
the C on the fifth string.
Remember we, we started doing that?
[MUSIC]
Okay.
[MUSIC]
Another transition point here.
From the F sharp to the G, play G on the
fourth string now.
So you see what we've done.
And I haven't even gone all the way up
here.
I've kept everything in here.
So I can play around now with my
transition points.
So if I start playing a little bit of a
melody.
I'm not playing the scale.
I'm, I'm moving around a little bit.
This is what I want you to do.
I want you to start just playing these
notes in different orders.
So you get a little bit of a melody going
on.
[MUSIC]
See that, I can play there or
I can play it here.
[MUSIC]
Or here.
See, once you've
[MUSIC]
Now what's happening is because you've
played these scales on the, the different,
on the different strings.
Hopefully, as you start experimenting with
this, playing around, and I've, as I've
told you to really start naming the notes,
imagining where those notes are.
Everything should start slowly falling
into place and you'll start feeling.
[MUSIC]
There's different ways you can play it.
And this is just a matter of spending a
lot of time playing around with the notes
experimenting making up your own little
exercises,
and, this is when the fun really starts to
begin.
As you can see, playing in tenths is
really the key to my method.
It really is.
The, the key to the box,
that will open up all these endless
musical treasures for you.
So I want you to really experiment with
this.
Really just play it, really like get it
under, under your skin.
So that you really feel at home with this.
And so the it becomes instinctive.
And for you to take really take full
advantage of this site
at this point I'd really like to see a
video of you playing intense
on the sixth, fifth, and fourth strings.
And send me, send me a short video of you.
Playing scales on the, the sixth, fourth,
sixth, fifth, and fourth.
And keep it simple.
Keep it short and simple.
Make up a little melody.
Short and simple, but long enough so that
it gives me time to really look at it and.
And, and review it.
But, you know, once you feel confident
that you wanna do that,
just, just put that together.
Little short, simple melody as well as you
playing the scales.
And you can also incorporate in that the,
the, the transition points that I've been
telling you about.
Experiment with those.
Find those points that, where you feel
comfortable.
You can even play the same thing using
different transition points.
And that, that's good for you too.
You can compare, you can compare the two.
Another thing, if you feel confident
enough to do it.
I've been playing this really in, in G.
Because it's kind of a good point to,
to show you playing the length of, of the
fret board.
But if you feel confident enough, start
playing in some other keys.
Start playing in some keys that aren't
considered really
the guitar player's keys of e, e, a and d.
Play an f.
[MUSIC]
Playing b flat.
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E flat.
[MUSIC]
A flat.
[MUSIC]
D flat.
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It's all there.
It's all under your fingers.
It's all there.
And play with that tune.
Don't, don't just get stuck in one key.
And so if you send that to me, I'll be
very, very happy to review
your video and I will send you a video
response.
So have some fun with this and I look
forward to getting your video.
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