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Country Bluegrass Chord Embellishments with Triplets

Lesson 9 – Rhythm Fill Riffs and Lead Guitar Course
Lesson ID: A0097

Till now in this series, we’ve learned the 5th position scales in the key of G that are used to create country and bluegrass style fills. We combined all these scales into one “hybrid” scale and applied it to different chord progressions. Most of the riffs we studied were played with eighth notes and sixteenth notes.

In this lesson, we’re going to add a bit more rhythm variety to our country and bluegrass fills with triplets. I’ll give a brief overview of triplets in the first video below. If you’d like to read more about triplets, you can head over to our triplets music theory page. In the second video of this post, I’ll teach you six nice triplet style chord embellishments that you can play over the G, C, and D chords. In the third video, we’ll run through a chord progression example you can use for practice.

Overview

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Lesson Overview
03:14 min What’s a triplet?
06:09 min Using Triplets with Country and Bluegrass

Chord Embellishments

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Overview
00:28 min Sixteenth Note Country & Bluegrass Rhythm
01:51 min Syncopated Rhythm Breakdown
05:29 min G Chord Embellishments with Triplets
10:39 min C Chord Embellishments with Triplets
15:45 min D Chord Embellishments with Triplets
18:40 min Practice with a Chord Progression

Practice Along

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Progression – Rhythm Only
00:58 min Progression with the Chord Embellishments
04:00 min Practice Along with Me

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Jordan Green
Jordan Green (@guest_405)
5 years ago

Exactly what I was searching for! You have a really nice teaching style. Great help, thanks a lot.

Mark
Mark (@guest_406)
5 years ago

Thanks again Devin. Really nice lesson here.

Gerald
Gerald (@guest_407)
5 years ago

Very good teaching. This made a lot of sense. Keep up the great work!

Mark
Mark (@guest_462)
5 years ago

Excellent lesson

nemo
nemo(@nemo)
5 years ago

alright, made it all the way thru this course, now to start over with all the tabs and get everything down

nemo
nemo(@nemo)
5 years ago
Reply to  Devin

cool, I was watching the first video and was wondering about the up the neck stuff.

nemo
nemo(@nemo)
5 years ago

ok, now explain dotted eighths in this way that makes everything click, please and thank you

nemo
nemo(@nemo)
5 years ago
Reply to  nemo

and the caged system/method thing

Wayne
Wayne(@falsealarmboyhotmail-com)
5 years ago

Hey Devin, really enjoying this series. Completing the advanced riff for Lesson 8 was a particularly proud moment for me! Thanks again for putting together such an awesome lesson series!

Just wanted to ask you a little tech stuff. What action on a guitar do you personally like for playing bluegrass – lower, higher or somewhere in between? Also, what gauge and brand of strings do you go for?

Thanks!

Wayne
Wayne(@falsealarmboyhotmail-com)
5 years ago
Reply to  Devin

Thanks, Devin. That’s a great help. I’ll give those strings a try. You’ve a great tone going – no doubt in large part to do with the Martin! My main guitar is a Fender PM1 – one of their new all solid mahogany range. Mahogany’s great, I think, for the real old school, woody, bluegrass vibe. Kinda going for the Gillian Welch vibe. Really stripped back sound. I just bought a new guitar as back-up. It’s a Vintage folk guitar, again mahogany. This one’s a budget guitar and the action’s a little iffy. Think I’ll get it taken down a… Read more »

Maria Baker
Maria Baker (@guest_1361)
4 years ago

I love it that is why i download it ’cause i don’t wanna loose it. I wish I could spend my life with only my guitar.

BJ
BJ(@bj-gregorio)
2 years ago

After not playing for quite a while, I decided it was time to get back to something I used to really enjoy. Went ahead and invested in a bucket-list guitar and am loving these lessons! Awesome instruction.