Lesson 4 – Country & Bluegrass Rhythm Course
Lesson ID: A0104

In the previous lessons of this course, I taught y’all one of the most important strumming patterns in country and bluegrass music and we practiced it over a really common chord progression. We also applied the strumming pattern to the chord progressions in “Forever And Ever, Amen” by Randy Travis.

In this lesson, we’re going to expand upon the strumming pattern we’ve been studying this series and make it a bit more complex using the bluegrass song “Foggy Mountain Rock”. We’ll cover all the song’s chord progressions, extra strumming techniques, a few common bluegrass licks, and some awesome bass line walk-ups that’ll spice up your chord transitions.

Lesson Overview

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    Chord Progressions

    Video Start Time Lesson Topic
    00:00 min Song Structure
    01:11 min A Part Chord Progression
    02:57 min Alternating Bass Line Notes
    04:26 min B Part Chord Progression
    05:40 min Practice Along with Me

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    Strumming Tips

    Video Start Time Lesson Topic
    00:00 min Adding Accent Strums
    02:08 min When to Use Accent Strums
    05:51 min Practice Over the A Part
    06:50 min Live Chat

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    Bluegrass Licks

    Video Start Time Lesson Topic
    00:00 min Overview
    00:18 min Intro Lick
    01:16 min Turnaround Lick 1
    04:24 min G Licks and Bluegrass Rhythm
    05:16 min Turnaround Lick 2
    06:35 min Syncopated Rhythm
    08:03 min Ending Lick

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    Walk-Ups

    Video Start Time Lesson Topic
    00:00 min Easy Walk-up to C Chord
    02:40 min Easy Walk-up to D Chord
    04:22 min Intermediate Walk-ups
    05:09 min Intermediate Walk-up to C Chord
    07:18 min Getting Your Speed Up
    08:34 min Intermediate Walk-up to D Chord
    10:48 min Intermediate Walk-up to G Chord
    12:55 min Practice Drill over A Part Progression

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    Listen

    Listen to “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” performed by a few different bluegrass artists below using the embedded player from Spotify. I’d highly recommend using Spotify for online radio. If you don’t have a Spotify account, click here to sign up free with your Facebook account or with an e-mail address.