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Cello Lessons: Bluegrass Improvisation: Playing Fewer Notes

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Bluegrass tunes are known for
just having a whole
bunch of subdivisions so
that you can keep the rhythm going.
But one really great way to change
the texture when you're soloing or
even playing the melodies is
to leave a bunch of notes out.
And so we can focus on the melodic guide
tones, and kinda let them speak for
themselves sometimes.
So Whiskey Before Breakfast
is a great tune for this.
Let me show you maybe a simplified version
of this tune where I'm consciously trying
to leave a lot more space, but
still focusing on the melodic guide tones.
So hopefully,
you're able
to hear you know
the melody in
what I'm
doing, but
I'm leaving
a bunch of
notes out.
And this is actually a really great thing
to practice, so that you can actually
not get all tense and feel like you
have to fill every single moment in
a bluegrass improvisation, and
you can kinda chill it out sometimes.
It's really good to find some
more space that you can put into
the bluegrass texture.