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Jerusalem Ridge

Introduction to A Minor

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Jerusalem Ridge > Introduction to A Minor

Howdy! This week we are starting off, by request, with a new tune: Jerusalem Ridge by Bill Monroe. This tune stands out from everything else we've learned so far because it is in a minor key - in this case the key is A minor. Luckily, A minor utilizes the exact same notes as C major, a key we have worked in plenty. Those notes are C D E F G A and B. No sharps or flats. My hope is that you will play around and experiment with this key. I think you'll see how much it relates to C major. The only difference really is that the "gravity" of the song is all oriented around an A note rather than a C. After explaining the new key a bit, I will teach you to play the A part of this tune.






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Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Jerusalem Ridge


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Loop 1:32 Breakdown of Jerusalem Ridge

Loop 20:41 Practice Loop With Chris Playing Rhythm





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John Dunn
John Dunn Jun 01, 2017

 Looking forward to working through this tune, sorry audio quality is poor need to get a microphone. thanks Chris!

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Jun 20, 2017

Hey John! Sorry this took awile for a response - just got back from tour last night and about to get caught up on everything!

2 things:

-The intro sounds good but it is twice as long as it's usually played.

-When you start into the melody after the intro the tempo slows down drastically. I think what you should try is playing the melody where it feels good to you, figure out what the beat is, and then play the intro according the the beat that you found. Then the intro and melody tempos should match. Does that make sense?

Otherwise, sounding good!

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti May 13, 2017

Starting this new tune and tried to incorporate the assignment of finding the notes elsewhere within the scale 

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge May 29, 2017

Kip, you are just killing it! You've made such enormous strides in the last year. It's so awesome. Sounding great here - keep up the good work!

Roy Cotton
Roy Cotton May 05, 2017

Chris , thank you for doing this tune, Roy Cotton

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge May 06, 2017

Thank you for suggesting it!

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