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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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Sally Gooden
 
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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Salt Creek  
 
Salt Creek  
 
Salt Creek, Part 1
Salt Creek, Part 1
 
Doc Watson’s performance of the old-time fiddle tune “Salt Creek” in the 1960s made it a flatpicking and bluegrass jam session favorite and a must-learn tune for any flatpicker. It’s also a good tune to demonstrate a style of flatpicking rhythm that imitates fiddlers’ shuffle bowing: down down-up, where the first down is a quarter note and down-up is two eighth notes. This maintains the strict alternating picking style you’ve been working on, and gives a nice rhythmic pulse to your playing. This down down-up rhythm naturally occurs in many places in the melody of “Salt Creek,” including the first measure. “Salt Creek” is in the key of A and, like “Sally Gooden” is played with a capo at the second fret. Scott plays through his arrangement and then shows you the A part of “Salt Creek” phrase by phrase in this video.

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