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Foggy Mountain Rock

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. If you like the guitar licks and bass line walks, you might also like our Rhythm Fill Riffs and Lead Guitar Course.

Lesson Overview

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.

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Tim Miller
Tim Miller(@tim)
5 years ago

Really great teacher. Thanks!

Gary Connor
Gary Connor (@guest_461)
5 years ago

Hey Man, awesome lesson. You’re videos are helping me a lot. Can you teach some more of these bluegrass songs?

Tom
Tom(@tom-tjdavisjrgmail-com)
5 years ago

Great lesson! A lot to work on. Thanks!

Martin
Martin(@martinfan)
5 years ago

Thanks for all the tips. Very nice lesson!

terryturnell
terryturnell(@terryturnellyahoo-ca)
5 years ago

Absolutely great -will be working on this one for a while
Thanks Devin good work.

terryturnell
terryturnell(@terryturnellyahoo-ca)
5 years ago
Reply to  Devin

Devin after trying out your site I am ready to commit to a years subscription – as soon as the month trial is up I am on board. I believe that your knowledge and style can take me to a level I had not dreamed of – thanks and looking forward to a long association.

terryturnell
terryturnell(@terryturnellyahoo-ca)
5 years ago
Reply to  Devin

Devin thanks – you really are one of a kind.

Ron
Ron(@ron)
5 years ago

There’s a lot of great stuff in this lesson. Thanks Devin!

Jocelyn Beauregard
Jocelyn Beauregard(@jocelyn)
5 years ago

Ooh man! I really appreciated those turnarounds. Very interesting Devin…great lesson. Two thumbs up!!!

Phil
Phil(@psmithphilyahoo-com)
5 years ago

Looking forward to the Jam Track for this song and links to those Bluegrass artists you mentioned.

corydhorton
corydhorton(@corydhortongmail-com)
5 years ago

This is probably a dumb question and I understand rules can be broken, but why is it okay to use notes such as C# and A# when they’re not actually in the key of G? What key are they taken from or am I just thinking too strict about all of this?

jcalahan
jcalahan(@jcalahangmail-com)
4 years ago

Fantastic lesson. Love this stuff! I have some questions about where the turnaround licks fit in. Does turnaround lick # 1 always go after the A part and lick 2 always go after the B part? Or does lick #1 go after the first A part and lick 2 go after the repeat of the A part? Does #1 or 2 ever get played after the B part? Or, are the licks just played where they feel good 🙂

buckwilson
buckwilson(@buckwilsonme-com)
4 years ago

Working through the first turnaround and I always want to down-pick the D on 3& since my last picking motion was an up-pick. Do you “ghost” a down-pick on the hammer on to keep the up / down rhythm going?

buckwilson
buckwilson(@buckwilsonme-com)
4 years ago
Reply to  Devin

Thanks for the reply! Always a tough balance trying to figure out whether you should go with what’s comfortable or force a better technique. I’ve gotten into some bad habits before, so while I’m learning picking technique I’ll stick to your suggestions until I feel I know better 😉

Love the lessons so far, thanks so much.

o.svela
o.svela(@o-svelahotmail-com)
4 years ago

I’ve been working through your Foggy Mountain Rock and my main interests are licks, walkups and the like. I’m learning an awful lot from all your courses. Excellent stuff. One thing: I try to follow your up/down picking pattern as closely as possible, but since I’ve been playing guitar for quite some time, I find that I don’t always pick down when it should be up or vice versa. I understand that cross-picking is primarily for efficiency and speed, but should I follow your up/down recommendations to the letter or can I cheat sometimes if the end result is the… Read more »

Darryl
Darryl(@mishlerdtaol-com)
3 years ago

Awesome lesson Devin! Time to get to practicin’

naskorhan
naskorhan(@naskorhanlive-com)
3 years ago

Outstanding lesson Devin I learn a ton of stuff every time I open one of your lessons.

Jocelyn
Jocelyn(@jocelyn)
3 years ago

Like this one…

Jocelyn
Jocelyn(@jocelyn)
3 years ago

Hi Devin could you explain what is the difference between a turnaround and a « G run »…thanks Devin!

Jocelyn
Jocelyn(@jocelyn)
3 years ago
Reply to  Devin

Thanks Devin now I understand…

jrick92
jrick92(@jrick92)
1 year ago
Reply to  Devin

It can’t get too basic for me. Thanks for this breakdown.

kmhm5455
kmhm5455(@kmhm5455gmail-com)
3 years ago

Improving a bit everyday. Thanks!

jzapatarojas40
jzapatarojas40(@jzapatarojas40hotmail-com)
3 years ago
Reply to  kmhm5455

Hi Devin. my name is Jose I am from the carribean. Dominican republic. but I love Country Music. I am enjoying your lessons. could you let me know what martin model your guitar is? another question, is bronze 80-20 strings recommended for country and blugrass. ? which string are you currently suing? thank yhou so much and keep up this excellent work. God Bless you

jzapatarojas40
jzapatarojas40(@jzapatarojas40hotmail-com)
3 years ago
Reply to  Devin

Thank you Devin for your quick response. very appreciated. and expecting to become the country boy of the carribean with your lessons. 🙂

Dieter
Dieter(@dieter-reindlt-online-de)
3 years ago

exciting Basic Bluegrass licks

Dieter

richard.heaton
richard.heaton(@richard-heatonbtinternet-com)
3 years ago

I’ve come back to this lesson as I realised I was getting too far ahead of myself and hadn’t mastered the basics as cleanly as I want. I’ve spending a long time on this getting it as perfect as I can.

Rex
Rex(@rexgmillergmali-com)
2 years ago

great tips…really refining my skills now

gr8fulpickr
gr8fulpickr(@gr8fulpickr)
1 year ago

Is it possible in these lessons to get one pdf that combines the chord progressions with the licks and walk-ups? Difficult to go between 3 different docs to play a song.

gr8fulpickr
gr8fulpickr(@gr8fulpickr)
1 year ago
Reply to  gr8fulpickr

This is what I came up with… nevermind, i guess image upload does not work.

Last edited 1 year ago by gr8fulpickr
gr8fulpickr
gr8fulpickr(@gr8fulpickr)
1 year ago
Reply to  gr8fulpickr

Intro Lick

G | G | G | G > C walk-up
C | C | G | G > D walk-up
D | D > G walk-up | G | G

Play A part twice then Turnaround Lick #1

C | C | G | G > C walk-up
C | C | G | G
G > D walk-up | D | G | G

Play Turnaround Lick #2

A part > Turnaround Lick #1

B part > Turnaround Lick #2

A part > Turnaround Lick #1

B part > Turnaround Lick #2

Ending Lick

jerseychicadee
jerseychicadee(@jerseychicadee)
1 year ago

I’ve finally graduated myself to working on the licks and walk up lesson on this thread. You have it broken down so well and made it so easy to follow along. First, when I watched you play this, I thought I’d never be able to do that. Amazed myself working on this. Music comes out of my guitar. Thanks Devin.

Bob Brooks
Bob Brooks(@bobjam)
1 year ago

need guitar solo for blue eyes crying in rain

sandro donda
sandro donda(@sandro-donda)
1 year ago

THANKS DEVIN!