Bluegrass And Old-Time Music On The Guitar - Lead And Playing Rhythm

Bluegrass And Old-Time Music On The Guitar - Lead And Playing Rhythm

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Here are some items to consider when enjoying bluegrass and Music on the guitar. Many of these items also apply for playing rock and folk music.

There are the two roles that the guitar plays in old-time and bluegrass Music: rhythm and lead. The significant role of the guitar in bluegrass and old-time music is that of a rhythm tool. In reality in the early days of bluegrass, the guitarist in the band never took a break. Now lead guitar breaks are typical, but consider this: If you were playing guitar in a five piece bluegrass group, and in each instrumental song, every instrument took a lead break--you would be playing rhythm guitar 80% of the time and lead guitar only 20% of this time. For vocals you would be playing lead less.

First things come first, and for classical audio or your bluegrass Guitarist, getting a good rhythm player must come before you put a great deal of work. In reality, being a good rhythm player will HELP you to be a lead player.

The skilled rhythm guitar player will learn to play strong,crisp bass notes on the"downbeat" and chords on the"offbeat," all embellished with a few neat bass runs and there. The ideal way to begin your study would be to learn the simple chord shapes (F, C, G, G7 and D are the most essential ones). Experiment with playing the bass notes and studying some runs to bridge from one chord to the next. Watching a bluegrass guitarist play a band will be quite valuable. Developing a sense of time is significant! Always remember that you are part of a band. Your goal should be to find out how you can best contribute to the group's overall noise.

It's the right time to start studying some lead after you have some fantastic rhythm fundamentals down. Typically in a bluegrass band, musicians take turns playing with lead breaks in tunes. What we would like to do would be to learn how to improvise with great sounding lead breaks. The very best approach would be to learn a whole bunch of fiddle tunes on the guitar. You can use phrases from such tunes on your lead breaks, using this phrase with a G chord and that phrase with a C chord, etc.. Play most everything down on the very first 5 frets you may, using strings. This is bluegrass guitar at its best!

Don't strive for speed. You wish to be able to play and CLEAN, with every note ringing out in excellent timing. Without sacrificing precision practice with a metronome and GRADUALLY build up speed!

Learn to play scales dependent on the C, G, F and D chords and chords. Like you use phrases from your fiddle tunes when improvising use these scales.

With time, and with a lot of work, you are going to be an excellent guitar player and an integral part of the band. This benefit will be well worth the effort!

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