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Ginseng Sullivan


Double Stops in Harmony for Solos

Hello All!

For this week’s lesson I’m going to show you a solo that is based off of harmonizing a scale using double-stops; or, in other words, playing a scale in 2 part harmony. This simple device can give a solo a unique, uplifting sound. We’ll also look at using a couple of triad shapes to navigate and highlight the interesting minor chords in Ginseng Sullivan. As always, it is my hope that you’ll use devices as jumping off points to come up with your own ideas/solos.

Happy exploring!

Chris

 

 

 

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Bluegrass

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Gingseng Sullivan Solo

 

Download the Sheet Music PDF

  

Loop 0:37 Breakdown of Ginseng Sullivan Rhythm

Loop 16:08 Slow Practice Loop of Ginseng Sullivan Solo

Loop 17:00 Closing Thoughts and Outro

 

 

 

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Asbjørn
Asbjørn Feb 27, 2019

Here's my take on Ginseng Sullivan. Not my best, but after so many attempts this is my average performance 😂 I'm far from improvising or making my own solos, but it's a goal for the end of the year. I have started to focus more on using metronome as well. Rhythm is my biggest problem, but I play mostly alone and at home, and the metronome is a motivation killer 😂

I've spent most of this year working on Gold Rush, but thought I would show you my bad habits with Ginseng, so I could revisit this tune as well.

Thank you for great lessons and music!

Cheers

 

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Mar 03, 2019

Enslah, you're sounding so good! You have a very sweet way of singing and playing this song. I particularly like the way you're singing the choruses. Very direct, sweet and honest.

The main thing for you to work on I think is keeping the bar structure intact. There are a few spots where you were jumping ahead to a new bar a couple of beats early. Spots where this happens: 0:07; 0:09, 1:13. 

One way to get better about this is to record your own rhythm guitar track first where you are making sure to play the complete bars. It's much easier to get this right when you're just playing rhythm. You'll want to play the complete arrangement of the song, so intro, V1, CH, instrumental 1, V2, CH, instrumental, CH, tag. Then play along with that. If you get off, it should be pretty obvious. 

Keep up the great work!

Ron Moore
Ron Moore Sep 22, 2017

Nice Collings, Chris! You've got a new buddy for Julian's, even down to the old script logo. Good for you. When you get a chance, please share the story behind it's creation. Thanks.

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Oct 02, 2017

Hi Ron, thanks for asking - not too much to share at this point. I've been helping them get a dreadnaught dialed in that utilizes some of the JL specs. This guitar is the prototype and it's really great...

 
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