there, today we are going to look at a pretty basic chord
change: G, D, C chords, and we're going
to use a thing called an alternate bass and we're going
to go from one bass note to another bass note on the same
chord. We are also going to play a little run which will
lead us into the next chord in the progression. Finishing
that off with a little classic Bluegrass ending.
first chord we're going to play is our G chord, just
the one I'm playing right now. If you are not sure of these
chords you can look them up, or on our webpage, of course,
we have the chord diagrams accompanying this video. Here's
our G chord. The second chord we want is our C
chord, and the third chord, our D chord.
picking pattern with the right hand: basically what we're
doing here is picking our G bass first, on our G
chord. Strumming that chord predominantly the bottom four
strings, then I got for my D bass. So the pattern for G
chord is G bass strum, D bass, back to G bass. G bass, D
bass, G bass.
onto my C chord, the bass notes are going to be C,
G (and I'll show that with the left hand in a second), C,
G, back to C.
our C Chord. I need to move my third finger from
my C bass up to the E string on the third fret for my G
bass. So that we have, C, G, C.
looking at our alternate bass for our D chord, we
play our D bass, A bass, D bass
the next thing I have to do is to play our run which will
take us from our G chord into our C chord.
And the run is quite simply G, A, B and into our C
chord. Notice that when we go into our C note, I aim to
get my fingers in place for, not just the C note but the
C chord, so I get the run sounding like this ...
that from the G chord ...
in the C position, I play my C bass note, slide up into
C sharp which is on the fourth fret, onto an open D string
and I'm ready to go the D chord.
it back from the G ...
now going to lead into my G chord again. Simply play
my open E string, the sixth string, F sharp bringing me
back into my G chord.
whole thing played through looking at my left hand.
right, guys, let's have a look at a little lick that I play
at the end. A little bit of a bluegrass ending for you.
the run consists of a G note on the bass, followed by an
open A. We're now going to hammer onto the A sharp, and
then hammer onto the B which is on the second fret of our
A string. Followed by our open D string, hammering onto
the E note, which is on the second fret of the D string.
And then finally an open G string which is our third string.
Finish it off with the chord.
away we go.
the important thing with this is not to try and start off
to fast. Spend a little bit of time working on your alternate
bass on each chord, and put your chord progression together
with your alternate bass. If you are not too flash on just
playing the G, C and D chord, I suggest
you just spend some time going through those changes first
then add your alternate bass, and then add your runs. At
the end, of course we got our bluegrass lick, so you can
practice that separately, finally put the whole thing together.
luck with it. I know you'll have a ball.