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Mandolin Lessons: I Am a Pilgrim

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[MUSIC]
Okay.
Now, we're gonna do a tune that starts on
the five chord.
So again, for the key of D.
D, E, F, G and A, A is the five chord.
This tune is in the key of D but it's
gonna start on the A.
I Am A Pilgrim and we'll do it in a nice
slow tempo.
I think we're at 60 here.
It's kind of a bluesy thing.
We're starting on the A.
[MUSIC]
And then we're at the D.
[MUSIC]
And then we're gonna be on the G.
[MUSIC]
And back to the D.
[MUSIC]
And then a little A.
[MUSIC]
D.
[MUSIC]
G.
[MUSIC]
D.
[MUSIC]
A.
[MUSIC]
And back to D.
[SOUND] And again, you can use any of the
A chords I showed you earlier.
Either this bar one [NOISE] or the one
that's [NOISE] bar just the top.
The low two strings with these strings
ringing.
Or just a reminder there's this one here
at the sixth fret [NOISE] low string and
the second fret [NOISE] third string.
[MUSIC]
Some people use their pinky for that one.
[MUSIC]
That's another way to play an A.
You can use any one you want.
I like to switch them around depending on
each,
in each verse I'll use different ones,
just for fun.
So here we go, I Am A Pilgrim.
We'll do it three times through.
A.
[MUSIC]
Here comes D.
[MUSIC]
Start thinking about the G cuz it's coming
right here.
[MUSIC]
Now we start thinking about the D.
Here it comes.
[MUSIC]
Now we get to that A.
[MUSIC]
Coming back to the D.
[MUSIC]
Here comes the G.
[MUSIC]
Here comes the D.
[MUSIC]
Here comes the A.
[MUSIC]
And back to the D.
[MUSIC]
Now I'll embrace it with my vocals.
[MUSIC]
Now think about these back beats, cuz you
got the guitar.
[MUSIC]
So make them kinda short.
[MUSIC]
G.
[MUSIC]
D.
[MUSIC]
Notice I'm using my pinky [NOISE] on the D
chord [NOISE] to kind of mute [NOISE] then
on the G chord too.
[MUSIC]
Just after strumming it, I mute it.
[MUSIC]
All right.
Good luck with I Am A Pilgrim.
Okay.
Now it's time for
you all to send me in a video of you
playing one of those two tunes,
either Way Downtown or I Am A Pilgrim.
And what I'm looking for
is to make sure that you're really making
those [NOISE] chords ring out.
Particularly, that A chord [NOISE] that
you, that you don't have any buzzes or
any muted sounds on any of the strings
when you get to those chords.
[MUSIC]
That you're really letting the chords
sustain all the way till it changes.
[MUSIC]
And I wanna see that you're in good time.
That you're playing along with that rhythm
guitar and
you're really in sync with the guitar.
And remember there was couple of different
strumming patterns that we had.
There's the boom chuck with the bass
notes.
And there's the [NOISE] full strum [NOISE]
with the open boom bada boom bada.
And even [NOISE] the back beat where
you're muting [NOISE] with the left hand,
the free pinky finger there is functioning
as a mute.
So send me in some of that, let me hear
how you're doing.
[MUSIC]