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This far,
just about all the tunes you've learned
have been in one key.
Mostly G, a little bit in C.
We did do rollin', I'm sorry.
Boil them Cabbage Down in G and C.
But, it's time to start flying from the
nest and
trying to expand your awareness of playing
different tunes in different keys.
And let's take Roll in My Sweet Baby's
Arms for an example.
Rather than doing it in G, let's try it in
[SOUND] where it'd be something like
In G, back to C.
Back to C.
Now, maybe before we go any further, why
don't you just try, right now,
just sit down and try to find the melody
notes, the simple melody notes.
Like that.
And that'll get you at least in the
ballpark where you wanna do this.
Cuz you could go down here on the fourth
Except, you can't get that low note.
So, since that's the case, why don't you
just grab it on the first string.
Start the melody there.
I'll let you find the rest of the melody
notes yourself.
[SOUND] And then just come up with an
arrangement for it.
And I've talked about this a little bit
earlier but.
[SOUND] See just do the best you can.
Now I'll play my version of Rollin' My
Sweet Baby's Arms in C.
And you could do almost anything you want
with that, but that's one way to approach
Now I haven't talked about Old Joe Clark
yet, but
some of you may already have learned Old
Joe Clark.
And that's a very iconic tune.
I'll play it for you first.
But the basic gist of the melody is.
since we have that very iconic meant
What if you wanted to
play that in a key of C?
Well, what's the first note you're
starting with?
Well, it's D.
[SOUND] So the first string.
What note of the scale is that?
That's right.
It's the fifth note of the scale.
One, two, three, four, five.
[SOUND] So if you wanna play something in
the key of C,
you have to figure out what's the fifth
note of the scale in the key of C?
[SOUND] So here's C right here.
That's second string first fret is a C
And you play the C scale.
The fifth note is.
That's a G note.
The fifth fret.
you could take it down an octave to make
life a little bit easier for yourself.
[SOUND] That's the fifth note of the C
scale, G.
And since in key of G
You're starting on the fifth
note of the g scale.
One, two, three, four, five.
[SOUND] You'll do the same thing in the
key of C,
start with a fifth note of the scale,
which in this case is G, the third string,
[SOUND] is what we're going to use.
And then you just play the melody there.
Now integrate that into some rolls, and
you got
Or you could even choke it.
And sometimes do that
with the middle finger choke the second
fret of the third string up about half
step, [SOUND] to get that.
And have it happening at there
Now if you wanted to get into
the key of D.
If you're feeling like you wanna really
get into a little bit more, [SOUND] rather
than playing a full D you could just
And you're gonna take
the fifth note of the D scale as you did
the fifth note of the G scale.
One, two, three, four, five.
So start on this second fret of the third
string which is A.
I'm just working out of a D seventh chord
right, basically, to get those notes.
So this is a really good thing to do.
Just start exploring a little bit on your
don't worry about the tablature, cuz there
isn't gonna be any for this section.
And I'm not saying you have to play it
exactly the way I'm playing it,
although if you wanna try to transcribe
it, that's great.
And but, you know, come up with your own
ideas, see what you can do with it.