This is a technique that is a slight variation on a very common slide pattern used in Bluegrass. While subtle, this essential lick is very versatile and will give you a little extra grit and edge to your Scruggs style playing.
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- You've already noticed that you've used…your two to three slide with the alternating thumb,…that lay quite a bit.…And you'll be using it a whole lot more as time goes on.…And, after I'd been playing for 25 years,…someone gave me a new way to look at it.…Because I had always played it the way you've learned it.…Just sliding two to three.…And again, I use the middle finger,…and Earl uses the middle finger,…but if you need to use another finger that's fine.…I may not have mentioned that earlier,…but middle's pretty standard.…
Just kind of sliding, leaving it at that.…But I used to hear Earl and some of his 1950's,…and early 1960's recordings, and sounding a little funkier,…like he was a little out of tune on purpose.…And I couldn't figure out what it was.…And finally,…I realized that he was choking the slide.…Rather than just hitting it flat like this.…He would actually bend it,…as he went along.…
And what's nice about that,…it grabs your ear a little bit more.…By doing that.…And it just feels good.…You're just really digging in a little bit more.…
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- Separating notes
- Playing with others
- Using the capo
- Playing hammer-ons and pull-offs
- Playing variations on classic tunes
- Minding your posture
- Training your ear
- Building speed
Skill Level Beginner
1. Playing with Others
2. Basic Embellishments
3. Variations on Basic Tunes
4. Posture and Ear Training
5. Playing Up the Neck and Building Speed
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