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Underlying Concepts
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Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons: Misty

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[MUSIC]
I'm
gonna run through a very simple skeleton
arrangement now of Misty.
And I'm gonna keep this as simple as
possible.
This is our template.
This is what we're gonna start the ball
rolling with, with this,
this simple template.
And then, start moving a, away from this.
So this is just very simple so that we,
with music.
It's kinda like we need to find the, the
geography of each piece of music.
So we're working through the geography.
First of all where the melody,how the
melody goes how, how works harmonically.
So here we go, this is Misty.
This a simple skeleton arrangement.
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Now I can start adding a few other little
pieces.
I can loosen up on the melody.
I can embellish a little and add some
movement in that kinda inner voicing area.
When I'm playing this some of the ideas
I'll come up with.
Is I can, I can play little fills so,
little embellishments here.
So I played, where I played.
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So that, the opening.
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I could play a little run.
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That's just.
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That's just a, a,
an E-major scale starting on the major
7th.
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Then pick the melody up again.
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Now.
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A little moving line.
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And playing those kinda moving lines,
learning how to do this, means that
you can break away from all these kinda
block shapes and, and patterns.
You're thinking far more musically than
mechanically of where your fingers go.
And the shapes that you can put your, your
finger in,
fingers in for different chord shapes.
Then opens the whole thing the whole thing
up and
you can start hearing how these movements
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I can do a little more.
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A little fill.
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This is a nice little one to do.
There's a B-minor chord.
And you put the ninth here.
So if you go from let's say
a B-minor 7th to an E 7th.
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You can put the,
the ninth chord in at this register, lower
down, kindaf in the middle.
[MUSIC]
These are the kinda movements that I, I,
I want you to do.
So, let me just play something.
I'll get a little more complicated than I
have in the other,
the, the, the other skeleton arrangements.
But, don't worry.
It, it, it'll all work because you can,
you can submit a video anytime and
I can explain any of these in detail if
you have any questions.
So here we are.
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With that,
I put in a few other chord substitution,
chord substitutions as well,
to kinda give it another, another color
and, and another texture.
But that's just a little example of what
we can do
when we start moving away from our
template of, of a melody.
And melody and the basic harmonies.
So let's start working together, let's I'm
go,
go now, guide you through your own
arrangement.
So what you can do for me now is submit a
video.
Either of you playing it very very simply.
There's a transcription there which will
help you if you don't catch everything on,
on camera.
We've got the overhead cameras, we've got
slow motion as well.
Transcription, all of this should really
help you.
And whether you play it very basically or
if you add some of your own
own bits to it, submit a video and we can
work from there.
Whatever level you're playing at.
Whether you're playing it very basically
or
if you've been playing this kinda music
for a while.
And you've got a few ideas of your own
that you've thrown in there.
I can work with you on that.
But the idea of this is, is this is
organic now.
You're not just learning something note
for note.
It's never gonna move, it never shifts.
You come up with your own arrangement.
And if you come up with one arrangement it
should just be one of many
to come in the future, or just keep it
changing.
Just keep that, the whole thing organic.
Makes it very, very interesting.
Another thing you can do of course is you
can change keys.
If you find that, that may open another
door as well.
You don't have to play it in the key that
I'm, I'm playing either.
But just start from that very beginning.
Just use that skeleton arrangement.
Use that as your template.
Then we can start working together.
I can guide you through an arrangement.
If you just send me and submit a video of
you playing this.
That would be great.
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