Join Jared Meeker for an in-depth discussion in this video Bluegrass part 2: Backup and lead, part of Acoustic Guitar Lessons: Intermediate.
- Alright, let's get more into the bluegrass backup.…So, the important part of the guitar in the…rhythm section of a bluegrass band is just…really nailing out that, the rhythm,…which is a strong back beat playing on the two and four,…and then also walking those basslines occasionally,…and getting those melodies to sound…really strong on the bass notes.…So let's check out this next example that does just that.…This is called "This Hammer's Too Heavy".…One, two, one, two.…
(guitar playing)…Alright, now let's check out some bluegrass lead playing.…
And it is a specific scale that…we're going to use for bluegrass,…and that is just adding a flat three…and a flat seven to the major scale.…So since we already have a seven note scale,…these two new notes make it a nine note scale.…So there's a lot of chromaticism to it.…Let's check this out.…In the key of G, starting on G,…and here is the scale.…(guitar playing)…And backwards.…
(guitar playing)…Let's check out a sample solo over that same rhythm…that we just were playing earlier,…
- 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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