Lesson #137, Sally Goodin' VI

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Lesson #137, Sally Goodin' VI

Howdy Mooses,

In this video, we are going to use some scale work intertwined with the scruggs. Since this tune is mostly played in G..........lets use the G major scale. Actually we are using only a fragment of the G major scale, those being the first five notes.

As I've said before, there are many different ways to finger any particular scale on the five string. In this version, the G scale fragment can be thought of as a Keith/ Thompson approach.

Also in this video, we are using our thumb to fret the fifth string. This will take a little getting used to ( It did for me anyways, when I first started doing it). Your fretting hand will stretch out after awhile, so keep at it............but never over do it! If your fretting hand starts to fatigue, give yourself a good break.

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