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Even More Advanced Bluegrass Rhythm Embellishments

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Hello All!

This week we’re building directly on the rhythm guitar embellishments that we talked about last week. The phrases and chords I’m showing you this time are basically expanded versions of what we learned before. In particular, the D9 lick is now preceded by 2 other triads with a particular syncopation. The trick here is to approach it slowly and make sure that you understand what the syncopated rhythms are - the chords themselves are pretty easy. We’ll also look at one of my favorite Tony Rice rhythm guitar licks which is a long single note phrase that culminates in a beautifully inevitable G-run. Fun stuff if you ask me!






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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/p>

Loop 14:05 Closing Thoughts and Outro





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Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Aug 18, 2017

Over this past week I've been exploring these movable triad chords up and down the neck G - A - D and so on. I've been putting it off for a long time and I'm having a heck of hard time making my fingers quickly do what is necessary. Like everything I do, that is new, it never comes easy. At this point I find it easier to learn cool licks like the one you just taught   You make it look easy and other people who demonstrate lessons on these little triad chords combinations make it look easy but it isn't easy. I feel like if or when I become more proficient with these triads the guitar will open up for me. I guess I'm talking plateus again for no apparent reason other than motivational purposes.

Cool rhythm lessons though.

MarkB Aug 18, 2017

it's the wrong tab isn't it? the tab is the same as last week's

Mike Caren
Mike Caren Aug 18, 2017

Hi Mark -- great catch and thanks for letting us know.  All fixed.

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