Bill Cheatham Intermediate Tab
Bill Cheatham Intermediate Tab, by Kenny Smith at Ultimate-Guitar-Online.Com, arrangement by Ultimate Guitar Online
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In this lesson of Guitar Tabs from Ultimate Guitar OnLine we will explore one of the most popular Acoustic Guitar Solos. Blackberry Blossom. Nearly every flatpick guitar artist has a good version or versions of this under their belt. While many incredible flatpick guitarists have great arrangements of this song, probably one of the best is by Tony Rice.
Studebaker CD by Kenny Smith is real treat to listen to. Kenny has that typical clean and perfect picking pattern you hear in the south, just like a Nashville Cat. The pace he plays and the ornamentals he uses are hard to copy. If for none other than listening pleasure and amazement, this CD is a must to have in your guitar pickin' library. You will even pick up a few licks if you listen carefully.
Studebaker, Me and My Farmall, Lay Me to Rest, Bill Cheatham, Preachin' By The Roadside, Red-Eyed Benny Hen, New Sunday School, Amanda's Reel, One Horse Wagon, St. Anne's Reel
This lesson is available in the following formats:
Bill Cheatham Intermediate Tab - Guitar Pro File - Note: This is a free download for you!
Bill Cheatham Intermediate Tab - PDF File - Note: This is a free download for you !
The rhythm for this song is located on the second track of the Guitar Pro file above. It lists all of the chords, chord diagrams and timing for the song. You can use that file to practice your lead for this song.
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I will have three versions of Bill Cheatham TAB available.
Bill Cheatham Beginner Tab - The First Break, This song is played in the key of A Major, by placing a Capo on the 2nd fret and then playing in the key of G Major. The effect of the capo does help you a bit, by making finger stretches a bit closer, as the frets are closer when you use a capo. This song is usually played somewhere between 220 to 240 beats per minutes, so your right hand will really get a workout.
This beginner version of Bill Cheatam is a very respectable break, in that when you play it up to speed, it sounds so good that you would swear that it is an intermediate break. Also this break sets you up to play the second or intermediate break much easier.
The hardest part of this break is the second half or part B of the song. This part of the song gets you into some cross-picking and gives you a good introduction into it.
Bill Cheatham Intermediate Tab - The Second Break: The second break takes up right where the first break (above) leaves off. I have added some double stops to spice it up a bit and added a LOT of cross-picking, so hold onto your hat, as you will really cruse on this one.
The second half of the break is played in the bass register. Typically, if you are not accustomed to playing eighth notes on the bass strings at this speed, this will represent a real challenge. All I can tell you is to do what I did. Move your fingers minimally, keep your right hand pick moving minimally and start out very slow and smoothly and only increase your speed when you can play it through flawlessly.
Bill Cheatham Advanced Tab - The Third Break: This break really opens things up. There are lots of blues notes here, some very cool runs and a lot of ornamentals. Kenny Smith attains his smooth and rapid playing style by using profuse ornamentals. If you listen carefully you can hear the difference between a picked note and hammer-ons and pull-offs and the amount of them that he uses is amazing.
Triplet pull-off? Yikes - that is right, but master it and you will sound like a pro. I warn you though that this is a very very difficult break to play up to speed and you really need to be in the expert class to play it well.
The link to the Advanced version is: Bill Cheatham Advanced Tab.
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Watch your up and down strokes carefully. It is critical that you keep them consistent. Down strokes are almost always on the downbeat and upstrokes are almost always on the upbeat. We have clearly shown the down and up strokes below each note in the tab. The down-up strokes are shown on the tab below the Guitar Tab staff.
Watch your left-hand fingering very carefully when starting out on this. Make sure you follow the tab fingering exactly when you memorize the selection.
Each quarter note = one beat in the measure so there are 4 quarter notes in just about every measure.
Start slowly and gradually work up to speed. Know the song by heart and be able to play it nearly flawlessly before you attempt to play it up-to-speed. This piece is usually played at about 220 to 240 bpm.
Beginners should start this song at about 120 to 140 bpm until fully memorized and mastered. Then gradually work up to about 180 to 200. The 220 to 240 gets you into expert status territory.
Guitar Pro has a really cool feature called speed trainer. you can set a loop of accompaniment chords to be played and after each loop the speed increased by a percent that you specify. I love this feature and it gives you milestone very clearly as to you speed conditioning.
Memorize Your Ultimate Guitar Tab
Make sure to memorize your songs. What is the easiest way to do this? Unless you have perfect pitch, you will have to learn one section or measure at a time. Once you can play flawlessly move on to the next measure and add it to what you have memorized. Continue this and make sure you can play the first half of the song, including the second ending.
Once you have the first half memorized, move on to the second half, doing the same thing with the second half of the song.