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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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Milwaukee Blues  
 
Milwaukee Blues  
 
Milwaukee Blues, Part 2
Milwaukee Blues, Part 2
 
In this video, Scott shows you how to use eighth notes on both beats of the two-beat bass runs to get four-note bass runs from C to G and G to C. He also shows you how to use these runs when you’re just staying on one chord. For example, all of the G–C bass runs can be used on the C chord at the end of a verse or when you have a pause in the melody to punctuate. There are two long pauses in the melody of  “Milwaukee Blues,” one on an F chord and one on a C chord, and Scott shows you a couple of cool bass runs you can play in those places. He finishes by singing and playing a few verses of “Milwaukee Blues.”

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