Join Jared Meeker for an in-depth discussion in this video Bluegrass part 1: Flatpicking a fiddle tune, part of Acoustic Guitar Lessons: Intermediate.
- All right, as we learn more about blue gras music…it's important to also be able…to play single note lines really well.…And that's traditionally called flat picking.…So, we're going to check out how to play…a G major scale in open position,…and instead of just playing scales up the neck,…a lot of times you'll play really cool lines…and scale movement in open position.…So, here we go, this is G major scale in open position.…
We'll play it backwards.…All right, so as we get into more blue grass pieces,…generally they're pretty fast,…and they are typically written in what we call cut time.…So, you can see at the beginning of…each system of music, instead of having a 4/4…you'll actually have a C with a line through it.…And it's thought of as in 2/2…but basically, the half note is getting the beat.…
So, you just play everything twice as fast…and tap your foot on one and three…instead of on one, two, three, and four.…All right, now let's check out…the next piece called Red-Haired Boy.…And basically, this goes through a lot of…
- Flatpicking arpeggios
- Tuning with harmonics
- Bending strings and vibrato
- Creating a monster funk groove
- Blurring the line between rhythm and lead
- Mapping the fretboard in boxes
- Getting creative with open strings
Skill Level Intermediate
1. New Colors and Textures
2. New Grooves and Styles
3. Pentatonic Possibilities
4. Mapping the Fretboard in Boxes
6. Introducing Alternate Tunings
Conclusion and credits2m 22s
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