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Advanced Bluegrass Rhythm Embellishments

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This week I'm going to show you some rhythm guitar embellishments that you can use. These are mostly derived from Tony Rice's rhythm playing. Tony Had a beautiful way of injecting lots of information into his rhythm playing without it disrupting the flow of the music. As you learn and start to integrate some of these ideas, remember that you still want the music to drive forward. In other words, you are still playing rhythm guitar and functioning as a rhythm guitarist but now you have some fun tools with which to interject your own embellishments.





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Loop 0:00 Run-Through of On and On


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Loop 0:26 Breakdown of Advanced Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar

Loop 11:01 Closing Thoughts and Outro





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Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Aug 21, 2017


Am I on the right track with this lesson? I isolated the part you taught and played it back to back 3 times.  I'm having some trouble keeping time with the rest stops through the C chord but I think it will come wih repetition and I become more comfortable doing that. The whole thing seems to be one big timing issue for me. With the eclipse closing in ... I may not have much time to master this. LOL

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Aug 22, 2017

Hi Kip, most of these sound good! The only sweep on the C chord that doesn't come out right is the first one. I'd just keep practicing it. Also, make sure that when the time comes to play the song that you don't forget the quick 1 - 5 - 1 at the end of the sections.



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