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Old Grimes

Familiar Notes in Unfamiliar Places


This week I'm going to show you a new position for a pentatonic scale. The melody of Old Grimes is very much based in the pentatonic scale (with an extra note added occasionally to highlight a chord change). But because the melody is so rooted in the pentatonic scale, it's pretty easy to learn this new position if you already know and can sing the melody. Also, as I explain in the video, the shape of this position is very symmetrical so it is easier to visualize than most.

You'll see how we were already using this position to play the high notes in the B-part. We'll use the knowledge of this shape in future lessons.

Enjoy, and let me know if you have any questions.






Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Run-Through


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 0:44 Learning The Pentatonic Scale Up The Neck

Loop 2:46 Breakdown of Pentatonic Scale

Loop 13:00 Slow Practice Loop

Loop 13:56 Closing Thoughts and Outro





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Roy Cotton
Roy Cotton Apr 23, 2017

Chris thanks for your consideration of this tune. I look forward to it. The current penatonic video lesson of Old Grimes is my current focus on Sonic Junction (as well as several others of yours and my bi-weekly lessons in Austin ). Thanks for your excellent lessons. It just like sitting across from you at a private lesson in person. Roy Cotton

Roy Cotton
Roy Cotton Apr 22, 2017

Hey Chris, this may not be the right place for this. I left a request for a new song (Jerusalem Ridge on 4/12) in that thread are but receive any response. Hope you will consider that song. I am working through this song also. Many thanks for your consideration of this new tune, Roy Cotton

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Apr 23, 2017

Hi Roy, somehow I missed your request on the other thread so thanks for asking here. It's a great tune and one that will go onto the short list of tunes/songs to teach. We've been needing a good minor tune...

Thanks for the suggestion!



Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Apr 22, 2017

New Territory Alert .... (for a guitar picker of my level) ...  and this assignment/lesson applies directly to my life time death grip - thumb grasp post last week. It is impossible to play this set of notes or scale holding the guitar neck the way I do. Even if it is the "easiest" position on the guitar it will be tough for me until I break the habit of curling the thumb over the top.  I look at your grasp of the guitar and can't see your thumb combined with the fingering ... 4 fingers for 4 frets as opposed to index/ring finger ... ugh-a-thon ... my mind running the show vs my fingers running the show .... ha ha ... so develop a new way to grasp the guitar ...  become familiar with the notes ... noodle around ... and play Ol' Grimes in the new position. Ok, the next time you see me I'll have a grey beard. Great lesson and challenge for me and should really help.

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Apr 22, 2017

yeah, having your thumb lower on the neck really is HUGE for facilitating being able to play deftly up the neck.

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