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Color Chords and “Dark Hollow”

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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Color Chords and “Dark Hollow”
Color Chords and “Dark Hollow”
 
The bluegrass standard “Dark Hollow” was recorded by Mac Wiseman and Ralph Stanley in the 1960s and Peter Rowan and the Grateful Dead both recorded it in the early ’70s, making it a favorite among a wide swath of roots musicians. In this lesson, Scott shows you some “stealth” chords you can add to the main G, C, and D voicings: G7, G9, Cadd9, Dsus2, etc. Played as the main voicings, these chords would give the song a completely different (contemporary or jazzy) sound, but played as color chords, quick variations of the main chords, they create variety without significantly changing the bluegrass feel and sound of the song.

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