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Michael: We're going to cover more bluegrass licks, here's the jam track you will play the licks over



Michael: load this clip and I'll send you the scale we'll use over it, the chords for this progression is G, C, G, D







Michael: you can play an alternative to these chords on the 1st thru 4th strings



Michael: well cover the scale and then licks and exercises next

Deano: do you suggest the F pattern or the full chords by the nut?

Michael: the open chord



Michael: we'll break down the moving progression using the F pattern, but for the "Licks" we'll use the F pattern. Let's start with the lick using the G pattern:







Chris: This is not a pattern you can move farther down the fretboard is it teach?

Michael: yes it is, you can move while the chord changes during the progression, that's what we'll cover now

Michael: with the following licks, try this pattern against the G on the jam track, now you can play the same lick over the C major chord on the 8th fret



Michael: and now the D major lick on the 10th fret





Michael: see how the same lick pattern moves on the neck?

Tom: still with ya

Chris: I see

Michael: try to follow the chord progression on the jam track, playing the licks over it

Chris: Can you move this pattern up and down on the strings or does it have to be played on b and e

Michael: yes you can Chris, use any of the notes in the G major chord

Chris: Can you also change from major to minor and visa versa?



Michael: it depends on the progression

Chris: Thanks, I think I am finally understanding it.

Michael: let's try our extended lick, let's try this lick first





Jr: thats cool

Michael: notice this progression uses the first lick I send you then plays the C then later D, go ahead and practice that lick to the jam track

caz: from 2 to 4 is that a slide?

Jr: yes

caz: thks

Chris: Yes sir

Michael: yes it is

Michael: now you can also descend down the scale pattern while holding down the open G chord with your finger



Michael: remember the first scale pattern I sent, this is in the same scale, you have to switch your fingering, as the lick changes

Finger positions











Michael: notice how you have to shift your fingering, it takes a little practice to adjust

Chris: Can this style be used in other forms of music or basically just Bluegrass?

Michael: it sure can, any progression using major chords, folk, rock, country etc, now you can play the same basic descending line, you use the 2nd finger to slide, then play the little E string with the first finger






Michael: ok you can change the same lick





Michael: notice the change in the melody, the video should help, it's a challenge to play rhythm and the melody at the same time, adjusting your hand is key to doing both

Chris: Thats my biggest problem right now is going from a solid chord into single strings and doing it farely fast.

Michael: here's a lick the illustrates play the melody/rhythm at the same time, try the progression slow then build up





Michael: notice how you use the scale pattern while holding down the G chord on the bottom 3 strings, you position your 3rd finger barred on the bottom 2 strings, it's a pretty common melody in bluegrass







Michael: you can adjust you arm to reach the barre and other notes by swinging your elbow away from your body or into your body, this technique will angle your fret hand to reach the notes better and avoid muting strings, give it a try, all of these runs make a great exercise for playing scales. It might open new doors in your playing style

viper53: cool

Michael: and applies in rock, blues and folk, even classical

Ian: In all, were playing out of the chord position?

Chris: I have heard alot of these in 80s era rock such as Aerosmith and groups like that.

Michael: yes and using the scale pattern, you bet Chris that's why it's good to study many styles, it inspires your own music and song composition

Chris: Cool, now maybe I can try learning some of that two now

Michael: "Dream On" is a great example of a song that uses this technique

Chris: I have been trying to write my own music. I don't have problems with he guitar parts but I have a heard time putting my feelings into words.

Michael: it holds the minor chord down and descends down the minor scale pattern at the same time

Chris: I express it better with just music

Michael: yes Chris, I hope you all learned something valuable.


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