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Long Journey Home, Part 1

This lesson is part of the course Intermediate Flatpicking Guitar with Scott Nygaard.
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Learn to play fiddle tunes and other bluegrass and roots melodies, with an emphasis on alternate picking, simple scales, and developing good picking- and fretting-hand technique. Designed for guitarists just starting to play melodies as well as intermediate players who want to work on their flatpicking technique.
 
 
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The B part of “Sally Gooden” starts with a simple scale fragment, starting on the open G, that may be familiar from the Alternating Picking video. Scott walks you through the melody of the B part phrase by phrase, and gives you advice on keeping your fretting-hand fingers in position above the notes, as well as “planting” them: keeping them down on the fret until after you play the next note in the phrase.These are very important things to work on, as they give your playing a lot of fluidity and make your fingering more efficient.
 
 
 
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Long Journey Home, Part 1
Long Journey Home, Part 1
 
To play a melody-based solo on the bluegrass standard “Long Journey Home,” first recorded by the Monroe Brothers in the late 1930s and by many others since, you can start by adding lead-in runs to the main melody notes. The melody of “Long Journey Home” is very repetitive, with one simple phrase used three times, so it’s a good song to work on creating variations to simple melodies. In this lesson, Scott shows you a few variations on the repeated line, including some syncopated ideas, as well as how to finish off your solo with a bang, using a long fiddle tune–like line on the last two measures. You’ll learn the basic melody and the first half of the solo to “Long Journey Home” in this video.

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