How to Play Easy Acoustic Guitar Chord Embellishments with Triplets – Country Bluegrass Lesson

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This is Rhythm Fill Course Lesson #9. View the Course Outline at

Till now in this series, we’ve learned the 5th position scales in the key of G that are used to create country and bluegrass style fills. We combined all these scales into one “hybrid” scale and applied it to different chord progressions. Most of the riffs we studied were played with eighth notes and sixteenth notes.

In this lesson, we’re going to add a bit more rhythm variety to our country and bluegrass fills with triplets. I’ll give a brief overview of triplets in the first video below. If you’d like to read more about triplets, you can head over to our triplets music theory page. In the second video of this post, I’ll teach you six nice triplet style chord embellishments that you can play over the G, C, and D chords. In the third video, we’ll run through a chord progression example you can use for practice.

Also, if you like this bluegrass guitar lesson, you might want to check out my brand new Advanced Bluegrass Guitar Lick Library

Visit where you can learn a ton of common bluegrass flatpicking guitar licks that will come in handy at your next bluegrass jam. We’ll break down all guitar lick with tablature and I’ll show you how you can use these licks with the majority of bluegrass songs. Several of these flatpicking licks are in the key of G and they’re designed to help you improvise your guitar solo in bluegrass fiddle tunes like Red Haired Boy, Salt Creek, Gold Rush, Cripple Creek, Cherokee Shuffle, etc.
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  1. In order to count out triples in a beat. the tradition to count this out is using the phrase "one cup a tea", "two cup a tea", "three cup a tea" and so on… Where [one] and [a] are on the 1/2 note and [one], [cup] and [tea] are on the triplet. Now to hear this out. Use a stomp of the feet to count out the 1/2 note and clap to count out the triplet. Also there is another phrase that can be used as well when are counting out any where between notes and that is Evenly, "E ven ly" and play on the . So if you are in 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and count you would replace the [and] with [Evenly] where each note is stuck on the ["E ven ly]

  2. Teriffic lessons you are giving mate, learning plenty from them and improving my skills even for other styles of music.
    Thank you very much!

  3. agirlandanelephantguitar

    Thanks for posting all of these lessons! I've been playing guitar for 10 years now and needed a bit of work on fillers / embellishments. I found this super helpful!

  4. Would you recommend E standard or Eb tuning

  5. Mysterious Batman

    For country music would you recommend a dreadnought or auditorium acoustic guitar?

  6. Great sounding stuff and an excellent lesson. Thanks again for sharing.

  7. An amazing teacher! Thanks so much for these great lessons!

  8. Hey Devin! Good stuff buddy

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