Bryan breaks down the simple two-chord tune of "My Home Across the Blue Ridge Mountains." Bryan uses this tune as an opportunity to talk about and practice on the walking bass concept. This lesson will also continue to help you build your comfort transitioning between the G and D chord shapes.
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- Here's a great tune for rhythm study…in the basic curriculum,…My Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains.…One and two and one, two, three.…(melodic bluegrass music)…Alright, it's a great old song.…
One of the neat things about this tune…and a lot of other tunes that are kind of like it,…is that it has two chords.…You'll find a lot of songs in the bluegrass repertoire…and folk music repertoire that have two chords,…and so they're great songs to kind of…get used to playing rhythm in this kind of style.…There's not a lot to worry about with changes.…The main changes in this song are G and D.…(playing guitar chords)…One of the things I chose to do…with the walking bass concept, as we use that,…walking to the D chord…(playing chords)…up that we're still in this sort of G scale…(playing chords)…so, a two-note walk,…(playing chords)…into the down beat, and those are all rest strokes…coming from that pick right there.…
(playing chords)…And then back to G.…(playing chords)…You could play that with no walks,…check out where I put them,…
Note: This course was recorded and produced by ArtistWorks. We are honored to host this training in our library.
- Holding the guitar
- Tuning the guitar
- Picking hand and fretting hand techniques
- Combining picking and fretting
- Practicing picking pattern exercises
- Changing chords and rhythm
- Playing traditional bluegrass tunes
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting Started
2. Right- and Left-Hand Fundamentals
3. Picking Pattern Exercises
4. Basic Rhythm and Chords
Rhythm and chords overview1m 26s
5. Basic Bluegrass Tunes 1
ArtistWorks and Next Steps1m 15s
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