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Scales and Chords, Part 2: Chords

This lesson is part of the course Bluegrass Fiddle with Chad Manning.
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Learn fiddle in the styles of Kenny Baker, Stuart Duncan, Vassar Clements, Bobby Hicks, and other bluegrass greats by learning classic tunes, with improvisation exercises and advanced techniques.
 
 
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Intro to Scales and Chords  
 
Scales and Chords, Part 2: Chords
Scales and Chords, Part 2: Chords
 
Learn how major chords (also called triads) are constructed in this lesson. Chad shows you how to construct a major chord using the root, third, and fifth notes of the major scale, and shows you various major chords, as well as the “shapes” you can use to remember them. He also shows you how to find a complete G major chord arpeggio and how to practice it using double stops and even adding some bluesy bluegrass-style slides. Chad also shows you how to create minor chords by lowering the third in a major chord by a half step.

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