In Webisodes 7 & 8: Practice Tips, Minor Scales, & Scale Summaries I'll show you:
If you really want to be able to play Bluegrass Guitar, you'll need to know how to play and apply the Minor scales for that "Bluesy" sound that Bluegrass guitar is famous for. In these webisodes I'll show you how and give you tons of great ideas on practicing in general as well as practicing scales, setting practice goals, and how to change effortlessly from Major to Minor.
Welcome to Webisodes 7 & 8! This course is all about helping you develop practice tips and a better understanding of how to apply minor scales in your playing!
In this lecture, I'll begin with some simple stretches you can do to loosen up your hands, arms, and wrists. It's important that you remember to do these before and after each practice session.
The companion ebook for this and the rest of Webisodes 7 & 8 are included in this lecture's Downloadable Materials section of resources.
Note: Make sure to download the companion ebook in the resources section of Lecture 2. Follow along with it as you complete each lecture in this course.
In this next practice tip, I'll show you how practicing with a metronome helps you increase your playing speed, synchronize your right and left hands, and helps your overall playing proficiency.
In this lecture, I'll cover three additional tips:
The great thing about all these practice modules is that they aren't just random exercises. They actually help improve areas you'll be using in your playing of various licks, songs, etc.!
BONUS Video: Be sure to check out the External Resources to see one of my own practice sessions I recorded for my YouTube audience. The video also contains a few "mini lessons" of some random licks that I ended up discovering and playing in the moment.
In this last lecture in the Practice Tips section, I'll cover three more practice tips:
This was one of my favorite sections to record because of how exciting these particular tips are to my own playing. I hope you find them just as useful and FUN in your practice sessions as I have.
In this middle section, before moving on to the Minor Pentatonic Scales section, I'll pause to explain some of the differences between the Major and Minor scales and why you don't have to learn any new shapes.
You can simply use the shapes we've already covered in the "Open String Transitions & Major Scales" webisodes (5 & 6. See https://www.udemy.com/bluegrass-guitar-essentials-webisodes-5-6/?couponCode=BGEWEBS5%266 for more info).
We begin the Minor Pentatonic Scales section with tips on learning the G Minor Pentatonic scale.
Note: I decided not to go over the natural minor scale, since it's so similar to the major scale, so be sure to refer to your companion ebook (Lecture 1) for the actual diagrams to the natural minor scale.
While I'm covering the G Minor Pentatonic scale, I'll share some tips on how to shift the box position—using the exact same box shape—to switch from Major to Minor and vice-versa. If you haven't ever heard of this tip, it will change the way you play guitar forever!
BONUS Videos: Be sure to check out the External Resources videos I've included to learn more about the Pentatonic scale. These videos are all about what I call "Pentatonic Extensions." They will help you further expand your knowledge of the fretboard as well as prepare you for the Diagonals section of upcoming Webisodes 13, 14, & 15.
In this lecture, I'll be covering the Minor Pentatonic scale shapes of the last two of the "Three Essential Keys": C & D. The great thing about these keys is that the shapes are exactly the same, only moved up two frets (from C to D).
I'll end the lecture by giving you even more tips for getting from Major to Minor scales and vice-versa.
Another great way to learn scales is by comparing the Major scales to their Relative Minor scales. In this lecture, I'll show you how to stay in the same shape and in the same position on the fretboard while still being able to play in two different keys (Major and Minor).
In the final lecture of the Minor Pentatonic scales section, I'll review what we've covered so far (both for Major and Minor scales) and summarize many of the tips we've covered.
Once you've mastered these scales, you can be confident that you'll be ready for just about any jam session that comes your way. Take your time, refer back to this course frequently and often, and you'll be well on your way to mastering not only the scales but your confidence and abilities on the fretboard.
The next course will be all about learning many of the popular Songs and Fiddle Tunes for Bluegrass guitar. I'll also be covering one of the most overlooked aspects of Bluegrass guitar: Rhythm. So stay tuned for Webisodes 9 & 10, coming soon.
For now, check out the Special BONUS Promo Video in the next section below.
In yet another Special BONUS Promo Video (I've been including them in previous webisodes), I'll be covering Three Essential Bluegrass Licks.
One of my most popular YouTube videos of all time is called "Three Easy Bluegrass Licks" (also included in the External Resources area as another BONUS video). So I decided to include a similar video as one of my promo videos for Bluegrass Guitar Essentials.
In this video, you'll also learn a technique that each of the three licks are based around: what I call the "First Fret Pull-off." It's definitely one of the essential techniques that, in my opinion, Bluegrass guitar wouldn't be the same without. Tabs are included as well for each lick in the Downloadable Materials section of this lecture.
Enjoy, and I look forward to seeing you in the next webisodes.
I have been teaching guitar online since YouTube first became popular back in 2007. To date, I have completed two MASSIVE courses for guitar entitled Texas Blues Guitar by Eric Beaty and Bluegrass Guitar Essentials.
Now, I'm in search of a place to host multiple future courses related to guitar, and perhaps business and writing. Basically, all the free videos I upload to YouTube don't really contribute to my overall financial health, so I'm looking for better avenues to support my family without sacrificing the desire to help others enjoy the benefits of learning new skills.