This is an intermediate rhythm guitar lesson for the song “Roll in my Sweet Baby’s Arms.” This will involve bass runs to each chord, hammer-ons and pull-offs, and a more in-depth look at the G-run. One of the best parts about this lesson is once your comfortable with the bass runs and places to insert the G-run, you can use these in other songs in the key of G. Here are a few things to focus on during this lesson.
1. Make sure you master the first two measures. It can easily be over looked but it will set the tone for the rest of the piece. People often mess up the second measure due to the hammer-on on the second fret of the D string. Perfect the feel of that measure.
2. The G-run! Know exactly what pick direction every note is on every string. Remember there are two up-strokes in the middle that is causing syncopation or perhaps an uneasy feeling. So, know it inside and out. Make sure you can get in and out of the measure cleanly.
3. The two big walks are going to the D chord and going to the C chord. You can use those anytime you move to those chords. So, try it in different songs and see if you can get the timing right.
Here are some simple practice tips that go a long way:
* Take the song in sections. Don’t become overwhelmed by all the notes on the page. Two measures at a time is a great way to start.
* Memorize four measures at a time
* Don’t over look the importance of connecting the last measure to the first measure. Don’t just stop after one time through. Get used to playing it through three to five times before you stop.
* Practice s-l-o-w-l-y, this is the best advice a teacher can give.
* Check out other bluegrass guitar lessons
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