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Mandolin Lessons: Making the Chord Changes - Old Home Place

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Okay,
having played now all these closed
positions, arpeggios and
scales in all these different keys all
over the neck.
You should be get, beginning to get
comfortable now so that when you're
when you come across the funny chord B,
lets say you're in the key of G.
And you end up on a B chord.
Can you get there?
This is the trick and really B in that new
key during the time of that chord.
So, we're gonna play Old Home Place now in
the key of G nice and slow.
And, that's what I want you to focus on in
this exercises.
As the chords are G.
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D.
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And then you're on a C chord,
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and back to a G.
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And this is all diatonically G, D.
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G.
B.
So, your main goal here is to make that B
chord really get into the key of B.
You're in this scale.
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For G, but when you go to the B chord.
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You're in this.
Kind of tonality.
So that's the focus here.
Let's have a rhythm track, key of G, nice
and slow.
One, two, three.
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So, we're in G.
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So, we're in G.
B, C, G.
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G.
D.
G.
B.
C.
G.
G.
G.
Okay.
Now, we're gonna step it up a notch and
the singer is a little short guy and
he wants to sing it in B-flat.
I like to sing real high can't y'all play
that in B-flat for me?
Then what?
What are the chords?
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B Flat, D, E Flat,
B Flat, B Flat to F, okay?
Okay, so, you're gonna have to get from
this B Flat to a D chord.
You know, they're both chords that you'd
know.
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D, it's the open position.
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Then you gotta go to E-flat,
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and back to B-flat, then F.
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Back to B-Flat,
D, E-Flat, B-Flat.
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F7.
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And back to B-Flat.
All right?
Let's have the guitar.
>> One, two one.
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>> So B flat.
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D.
E flat B flat.
F, B flat, D.
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E flat.
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B flat.
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F.
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Okay.
Now, here's another, we're gonna step it
up just a notch.
I'm gonna ask you to play continuous 8th
notes through all these chord changes.
This is not something you would
necessarily wanna do in a solo, but
I find it to be a wonderful way to
practice, and
what you're doing is you're practicing
shifting really.
You're practicing moving into a new key
and then maybe just moving
into another half position just moving one
fret, shifting positions by one fret.
It's very tricky to do especially with
chords that are this far apart,
B flat to D.
I'll show you what I mean.
Run a little bit of it.
>> One, two, a one, two.
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Very tricky, but what a workout.
Now, we're advanced players, right?
So, we're supposed to be able to do this.
Okay, now we're gonna bring the tempo up.
Here we go with, I'll play you, I'll play
you the mandolin chords here.
So, you have mandolin and guitar to with.
We're still in B-flat.
>> One two, one two three and.
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All right.
Old Home Place.
Okay.
I'd love to hear you do this
now the the idea of playing through these
chord changes on Old Home Place.
You can either do it in the key of G.
Or you could do it in the key of B flat.
And then, second video would be
the continuous eighth note concept, which
I did on Old Home Place.
You could do it on one of the earlier
tunes, at the slower tempo, either,
Nine Pound Hammer, or Sitting on Top of
the World.
Pick one of those, and show me if you can
continually play all those eighth
notes through all those chord changes.
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