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Finding Power in a Lower Octave

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Jerusalem Ridge > Finding Power in a Lower Octave

Hi! This week I'm going to show you how to play Jerusalem Ridge in a lower octave than I'd shown you before. Because we're playing in an open position with the aid of open strings I actually think it's easier to execute this way as compared to up the neck. The real advantage to playing it low, however, is the increased power and dark tonality you get, both of which help underline the minor-key power of the song.




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Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Jerusalem Ridge Melody Down Low


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Loop 1:29 Breakdown of Playing Jerusalem Ridge Down Low

Loop 18:30 Closing Thoughts





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Roy Cotton
Roy Cotton Jul 11, 2017

Chris thanks again for doing Jerusalem Ridge. I was wondering if you could teach Butter and Eggs from your Avalon album with Julian Lage, this is another very cool tune, thanks Roy Cotton

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Jul 18, 2017

Excellent suggestion! I'll put it in the hopper...

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Jun 18, 2017

I can't seem to get through this tune without blowing a tire along the way ... my dog Digger decided to play a little percussion at the start when he scratched at his collar which gives me pause to post this, but the reality of it is this is probably my best take of the afternoon. I don't know when I'll get another free afternoon to play around so here it is. 

On one hand I think I'm making some progress but on the other hand sometimes I feel like I don't have a clue comparativrly speaking to kids half my age. Flat picking the guitar is still an enjoyabe endeaver for me so drive on.


Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Jun 20, 2017

Kip, sounding good. If you keep Digger around you can save yourself some money on hiring a tambourine player. 

There's a boatload of stuff in here and you've done a very fine job of internalizing it! Over the course of the three and a half minutes there are just a handful of spots to be addressed:

There are a few spots in the C section where your are jumping ahead on the beat. Namely at 1:00 (2 big beats ahead), 1:06 (same 2 big beats ahead), and 1:10 (the seam between the C and D sections - you are getting ahead by an 8th note). 

Also, you are getting ahead by 2 big beats at the end of the D section at 1:27. THE SONG HAS AN EXTRA BEAT HERE which is odd and which I didn't properly explain in the video. I'll post a video shortly explaining how it works. You got it right on the end of the second D section right before returning to the beginning of the melody but down an octave. 

On the second time through the form when you're down an octave, everything sounds great, including the C section. The number of beats are correct this time! The only thing is that the chords go Am - Dm - E - Am rather than Am - G... 

At 2:46 before going into the last D part you add an extra end phrase which adds a couple of beats. At 2:50 the C chord is coming one beat too early, BUT the timing of the phrase is correct. The chord occurs on the downbeat where you play an E note (2nd fret, 4th string). At 3:05 the beginning of the repeat of the D section is coming in just a little early. Again, I'll explain how the timing works here in a short video because it's a little unusual.

Nice work!

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Jun 20, 2017

Thanks Chris that is awesome and really helps. I'm gonna dig in and see what you're talking about and if you have time to post a video (I know your schedule has heated up again) that would be great.  Thanks again ... I love the tune and it's really fun to play.

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Jun 22, 2017

Ok man ... I see what you're saying and understand the C section jumping ahead 2 beats twice and the early by an 1/8th note between the C and D parts. I also know what you mean by adding the extra phrase and the Dm instead of a G. I'm a little confused at the end of the D section ... needing an extra beat ... do you mean just pause a while longerand as usual thanks for all the help. I think I'm heading over the Cherokee Shuffle.

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