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Rock Guitar Lessons: A Blues

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[MUSIC]
All right,
we've done three notes on a string, and
then gone to two notes per string, and
I'm gonna flip it around this time and do
two and three.
And I found some notes that I like that
work with that combination of notes per
string and they are these.
[MUSIC]
It's in the A blues scale and
we're in a different position.
I went down to third position for this
one, and
I'm going to give your pinky a break.
This is all just using these first three
fingers.
So here's how it sounds again.
[MUSIC]
So we have two notes on the top string.
We're starting this time with a
downstroke, [SOUND] and
a pull off and then, [SOUND] we have three
chromatic notes [SOUND].
Those are all notes out of the blues
scale.
[SOUND] Good sounds.
And I'm picking those with a down up down,
[SOUND] and
then going back to an upstroke [SOUND] on
that note.
And that brings us back to the down stroke
here.
So almost all of this is picked.
The one place where I don't pick is the
second note is pull off [SOUND].
Then after that I pick everything else
with alternate picking, so
it's a very good introduction to alternate
picking.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
All right.
So if I strummed that I would go.
[MUSIC]
Now if we speed that up,
I'm sure from the world of strumming
that's not too challenging, you can go.
[MUSIC]
And
I think that strumming will really help
you here.
Those motions that you'll learn how to do
and
that sense of rhythm and that's all gonna
come into play.
All you have to do is focus that on
individual strings instead of the big,
huge strum.
[MUSIC]
So
maybe just do that to get in the groove
and let's slow it down.
[MUSIC]
And let's see how that translates to.
[MUSIC]
Let's slow this way down.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
Again, the transitions are always the part
that we need to look at to make sure we're
picking correctly.
So the first three notes.
[MUSIC]
This is familiar, we've done a lot of this
before where we do two down strokes with a
pull off in between.
[MUSIC]
That's gonna be no problem,
you've done that a lot of times now.
[MUSIC]
Let's see what happens after that.
[MUSIC]
Now there's an upstroke after and
let's just do that much.
We'll go three, four.
[MUSIC]
You're really concentrating.
Focusing your mental effort on the fact
that it's an upstroke and
this finger put together that's what
you're aiming for.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
All right, when that becomes comfortable
we get to add one more note.
[MUSIC]
That's a downstroke,
[MUSIC]
so this finger and
the downstroke go together.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
You can slow it way down if you need to.
Three, four.
[MUSIC]
Getting the strokes right,
and coordinated with the fingers, is much
more important than the speed.
The speed is going to come easily after
you get the strokes right.
So we, but if the strokes are off, and
you're doing it some other way.
It's very easy to get tangled up and, and
you get, limitations put on how fast you
can put it.
So, I wanna just make sure these strokes
are really right and
the way to do that is to play it slow.
Three, four.
[MUSIC]
All right.
Now we're gonna go back up.
And we're sort of, we're starting to get
in that rhythm, that strumming rhythm.
You should be able to feel it like
[SOUND].
[MUSIC]
And
that's all that's happening, down up, down
up.
[MUSIC]
That could be a little,
nice little section to practice, just.
[MUSIC]
You know, just like strumming.
[MUSIC]
Just smaller.
[MUSIC]
All right so
let's put this together, we go.
[MUSIC]
We'll do that much.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
All right,
we only have one more note to go and that
note is an upstroke, right here.
This is gonna be a tricky one.
So let's really focus on it.
A one, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
And make sure that's an upstroke.
[MUSIC]
All right,
I'm making it a big upstroke, just to make
sure.
[MUSIC]
Now, that's an up.
[MUSIC]
Now our last transition
is to go from that big up stroke, back to
our beginning down stroke.
And then we can loop it.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
I just want to point again,
I want to make sure that that second note
is a pull off.
[SOUND] That's going to make it easy and
give it a little bit of a rest from all
the pick notes.
I like that combination of legato and the
hard picking sound.
[MUSIC]
All right.
Let's speed it up a little bit.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
And I'm gonna stop at the end.
[MUSIC]
Make sure we got that nice and tight.
[MUSIC]
Speed it up a little.
[MUSIC]
Feeling good.
[MUSIC]
You can breathe now.
[MUSIC]
All is well.
[MUSIC]
All right this is
turning into a quick lick.
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
That's pretty burning.
Those are some burning sixteenth notes.
So again, that's two notes on a string
[SOUND],
three notes on a string [SOUND],
and we're going up and down or down and up
[SOUND].
All right, I'm gonna put some distortion
on it, and I'm gonna play it quiet and
loud using muting and picking quiet.
One, two, three, four [SOUND].
[MUSIC]
All right!
That's how you get it to rock and have
emotion.
And those dynamics are so important, just
as important as the notes,
just as important as the strokes and all
that technical stuff.
You got to be able to control the volume
of it.
That makes it musical and that will make
it work with your band.
All right, so give that one a try.
I'd love to see you play that one.
Any tempo, even a slow tempo I'd love to
see you play it,
because that way I can really hear the
details.
Just like you can when you practice it.
And that's it, that's the two notes per
string.
[MUSIC]
Combination with
the three notes per string.
[MUSIC]
You got it.
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
[MUSIC]
One, two, three, four.
[MUSIC]
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