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Creating Variations in the B Section

Familiar Licks and New Tricks

Check out Bluegrass #2 for measure 4. Here we are using the open G string to act as a drone while we play a descending line. This helps us have time to shift while keeping the notes flowing. Four the 16th note burst at the end, use a partial bar on the third fret. That way you don't have to quickly jump your index finger from the third fret of one string to the next. Watch the video to see the suggested left hand finger placement.

Now let's check out a combo. This one is gonna be a challenge, so buckle your seat belts kiddos. Daddy's taking you for a drive. Measure 2, Bluegrass. Sound familiar? Hopefully so. This is the series of notes usually played in the lower octave. This lick is cool because it shows how you can play over the F chord without shifting positions. It's a real workout for your pinky. Practice it repeatedly. Watch the video for guidance with finger placement.

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Now for a real challenge. Measure 4, Bluegrass. This one has a very cool, but possibly very tough syncopated rhythm. Listen many times before playing. Use a partial bar on the 7th fret before the 3 16th notes. Combine both of these licks for a serious challenge, and very unique variation on this jam classic.

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Let's check out some basic rhythm next.