Bluegrass Guitar Essentials: Webisodes 7 & 8
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Bluegrass Guitar Essentials: Webisodes 7 & 8

Practice Tips, Minor Scales, & Scale Summaries
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Created by Eric Beaty
Last updated 12/2016
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This course includes
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 2 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Learn several practice tips to help you better retain the knowledge of the scale shapes covered in the course
  • Some practice tips include: stretching, playing scales in multiple octaves, setting practice goals, and more
  • Which scales to practice if you're short on time
  • The main differences between the Major and Minor Pentatonic scales and how to get from Major to Minor with a simple position shift
  • How to play the Minor Pentatonic scales in the "Three Essential Keys" and transpose them to different keys
  • A thorough summary of all the scales covered in this course and those covered in Webisodes 5 & 6 (Major and Major Pentatonic)
  • A basic level of understanding of how to play guitar (basic chords, a few songs, basic strumming concepts, etc.)
  • An interest in improvising on the guitar, wanting to better coordinate your left and right hands, and a desire to become a better player than you are right now
  • It is recommended (but not required) that you begin with Webisodes 1 & 2, then progress through the remainder of the course in order to more fully comprehend these and future Bluegrass Guitar Essentials lessons.
  • It is also recommended that you check out Webisodes 5 & 6 before proceeding with Webisodes 7 & 8 to gain a more thorough understanding of scales to aid in your fretboard memorization

"Another EXCELLENT course. I completed previous course and this one is just as good if not better. Best tuition I have ever had. Thank you, Eric. Just finished this course and it is EXCELLENT. I obviously will need to go back over several bits, but it has been so useful. Thanks again." - KEITH, UDEMY STUDENTWEBISODES 5&6

"I like the modesty and teaching speed of the instructor." - SHOOTER, UDEMY STUDENT, WEBISODES 1&2

"This is without doubt, the BEST course I have ever done. BRILLIANT, Eric. Thank you so much. I have already purchased some of the next courses and there is so much to learn. Worth EVERY penny (or dollar in the U.S.)." - KEITH, UDEMY STUDENT, WEBISODES 3&4

In Webisodes 7 & 8: Practice Tips, Minor Scales, & Scale Summaries I'll show you:

  • Some of the best tips I've found to help you practice the scales you've learned so far, as well as the scales covered in this part of the course. (8 practice tips in all!)
  • How to use the Minor and Minor Pentatonic Scales in the "Three Essential Keys."
  • "Short Scale" variations on the Minor and Minor Pentatonic scales for authentic Bluegrass Guitar sounds and faster playing.
  • A special BONUS section on how to switch from Major to Minor scales as well as some great tips on the topic.

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.

"Obviously a very passionate and technically skilled musician, that [is] able to pass on his knowledge in the old-fashioned way, from person to person." - ALLEN, UDEMY STUDENT, WEBISODES 11&12

"Absolutely BRILLIANT. This is opening up a whole new world on how to move up the fretboard." - KEITH, UDEMY STUDENT, WEBISODES 13, 14, & 15

Who this course is for:
  • Anyone wanting to learn and understand how to apply scales to their playing
  • Anyone who has always wanted to learn how to improvise on the guitar
  • Anyone who wants to learn how to shift from Major scales to Minor scales and vice-versa for ultimate flexibility in their improvising
  • For an overview of the entire Bluegrass Guitar Essentials series, check out the Free Webisodes 1 & 2 course here on Udemy.
Course content
Expand all 10 lectures 01:54:00
+ Introduction & Practice Tips
4 lectures 38:38

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.

Preview 06:18

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.

Practice Tip 2: Practicing with a Metronome

In this lecture, I'll cover three additional tips:

  1. Practicing each scale one octave at a time
  2. Switching positions and box shapes using shared notes
  3. Memorizing your root notes

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.

Practice Tips 3-5: Octaves, Shared Notes, and Root Notes

In this last lecture in the Practice Tips section, I'll cover three more practice tips:

  1. Setting Goals for your playing and practice sessions
  2. The most important scales to learn if you're short on time
  3. The "Bible" Method

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.

Practice Tips 6-8: Goals, Scales to Save Time, & more (w/ Practice Review)
+ Major and Minor Scale Differences
1 lecture 06:27

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 for more info).

Preview 06:27
+ Minor Pentatonic Scales
4 lectures 51:49

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.

G Minor Pentatonic & Shifting Box Positions from Major to Minor

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.

C and D Minor Pentatonic & Getting from Major to Minor & 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).

Major & Relative Minor Scale Similarities

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.

Final Major/Minor Tips & Scale Summaries
+ Special BONUS Promo Video & Tabs: 3 Essential Bluegrass Licks
1 lecture 17:06

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.

3 Essential Bluegrass Licks: Techniques Every Bluegrass Guitarist Should Know