Why...Yes I Do! (Guitar Lesson)

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Why...Yes I Do!

Now that you've practiced playing with accents at a basic level, learn this blazing sequence in C major and put your chops to the test!

Taught by Bumblefoot in Bumblefoot's Artist Series seriesLength: 9:38Difficulty: 4.0 of 5

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Alright. Let's try a more complicated example of using all of this accenting.

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So we're going to take something in the key of C, we're just going to do a C diatonic thing

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and we're going to do three notes per string on the fifth fourth and third strings going…

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And it's going to go just like that.

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Then we'll do a little trill here, like that and then we'll go…

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Then we're going to go…Then we're going to finish it.

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It is an X number of notes that you will play and it goes…

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I'm going to jump ahead to what it's going to sound like when it's done and I want you have this rhythm and it's going to go…

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That's what the accent is, that's what we're going to push.

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So it's going to go…

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On four you can hear the accents more.

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Ah, ok, yeah!

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So we're going to take that and we're going to move it up to the next batch of notes in the sequence

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and the next part of the neck that plays those notes.

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So from here…
F and we'll follow the same pattern just with these notes now.

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Then we're going to move it up to E and we're going to go…

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Then we'll move up to F, it's those notes.

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Then move it up to G.

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It's kind of like the modes, modes, do you know the modes?

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Push, push, push…

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Then B.

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Now we finish at C.
Crammed in yeah.

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So put them all together.
Until your arm falls off, yeah there you go.

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See how long you can go before your arm falls off.

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Where's the click? We need the click.

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Let's break down the accents, the whole riff and everything and lets slow it down and then we'll piece it together and bring it up from there.

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So we will start at sixty BPM, yeah.

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Yeah, weird, ok.

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Without accents.

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It's nicer with the accents.
So we do that and move it up.

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Move it up again.

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Mess it up.

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It's actually easier, faster once you get in down and it's in your head.
It's a lot easier.

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So yeah, it's a little something to work on.

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Yes, good, fun

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and make up your own riffs come up with some sort off pattern and come up with some accenting thing that just creates a groove out of it.

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It's pretty cool.

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Yeah. Alright. Good. Enjoy.

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Yeah. Alright. Good. Enjoy.

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chiefrascalbrochiefrascalbro replied on July 31st, 2014

Monsieur Bumblefoot, I am looking for a method to accelerate melody. JamPlay led me to you on an inquiry about this, but I can only see speed training in your posts. Though your playing ability is much entertaining, I have no need to play that fast, mostly. What I need is a method of getting notes from my head to my fingers - and I would be appreciative if you have one, or several. Bob

VTkombatVTkombat replied on January 12th, 2014

Finally got this one down. Thanks again. Your videos have really made a difference in the level of my ability.

tangohuntertangohunter replied on January 3rd, 2014

Ha..awesome...I cannot for the life of me see this guy co-exist with Axl. :)

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