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Fiddle Tune Backup, Part 2: Old-Time Style

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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Fiddle Tune Backup, Part 2: Old-Time Style
Fiddle Tune Backup, Part 2: Old-Time Style
 
In this example of old-time style fiddle-tune backup, Scott plays “Sally Gooden” without a capo, using open A chord shapes. Playing without a capo allows you to use the low E in your alternating bass pattern, and is good to use when you don’t have a bass player, so you can really emphasize the lowest bass notes and get a solid alternating bass pattern going. Scott shows you a couple different ways to finger an open A chord, which are good to know when you’re holding one chord for a long time. You’ll also learn a couple of old-time-style bass runs that use the low E string.

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