Bryan introduces, breaks down and performs the melody to the popular tune Shady Grove. The performance in this lesson is in the key of A minor and the tempo is set to 70 beats per minute. The importance of alternating between up and down strokes is explai
- Gonna look at a great old tune called "Shady Grove"…here for the basic curriculum.…I'm gonna play this at 70 beats a minute,…and then we'll talk a little bit about it.…One, two, one, two, three.…("Shady Grove")…All right, great old song, good lonesome, mountain,…sort of mournful melody there in A minor.…
So I'll just talk you through the tab here.…We've got two pick up notes, quarter notes,…those will all be down strokes…in keeping with our pick pattern, down.…Now there's a bit of, if you think of the melody,…this is just a direct sort of reflection of the melody,…we're tying the first quarter note to the and of two,…so that makes, in keeping with our pattern,…numbered notes are down strokes,…the ands of the eighth notes on the bar are up strokes.…The next note played is the and of two,…so that's gonna be an up stroke.…
So.…That's how that happens there, and it kind of sets up…beat three of that bar, and that's basically…the title of the tune.…♫ Shady Grove ♫…All right, so.…Three quarter notes in a row, three down strokes in a row.…
Watch at your own pace; start and stop where and when you need. Everything that Bryan breaks down he puts back together in chapters 4 and 5, where he shows how to apply what you've learned to a selection of popular bluegrass tunes that are important for the repertoire of any bluegrass guitarist.
Note: This course was recorded and produced by ArtistWorks. We are honored to host this training in our library.
- Chord theory
- The major and pentatonic scales
- Walking bass technique
- Reading tablature
- Beginning hammer-ons and pull-offs
- Beginning slide guitar
- Using a capo
- Playing traditional bluegrass tunes
Skill Level Beginner
1. Scales and Chord Theory
2. Walking Bass and Reading Tablature
3. Hammer-Ons, Pull-Offs, and Slides
4. Basic Bluegrass Tunes 1
5. Basic Bluegrass Tunes 2
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