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Bluegrass Rhythm Basics, Part 1: Boom-Chuck and G-Runs

This lesson is part of the course Roots and Bluegrass Rhythm Guitar with Scott Nygaard.
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Learn the essential techniques of roots and bluegrass rhythm guitar by playing classic and contemporary songs, with flatpicking technique tips and strums, bass runs, and fills.
 
 
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This great Flatt and Scruggs song was recorded by JD Crowe and the New South on their classic self-titled album, with Tony Rice singing lead. It's a great example of a medium tempo bluegrass song played with a country swing feel. You'll learn a strum pattern that helps accent the swing feel, as well as some bass runs to use at the ends of phrases. Scott plays the song in D and looks at some different ways to finger the A and A7 chords. Finally, he sings the whole song through so you can play along with him.
 
 
 
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Bluegrass Rhythm Basics, Part 1: Boom-Chuck and G-Runs
Bluegrass Rhythm Basics, Part 1: Boom-Chuck and G-Runs
 
The underlying rhythm of bluegrass and old-time country guitar playing is often called boom-chuck, where the “boom” (the bass note) is played on the 1 and 3 beats of a measure of 4/4, and the “chuck” (a strum on the treble strings) is played on the 2 and 4 beats of a measure or 4/4. This pattern has been at the heart of old-time and bluegrass guitar since the dawn of recorded country music. In this lesson, you’ll learn the boom-chuck rhythm, as well as some variations, and get advice on playing clear bass notes. You’ll also learn the classic Lester Flatt G-run.

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