Guitar Tab Red Wing - Beginner
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In this lesson of Guitar Tabs from Ultimate Guitar OnLine we will tab out another popular Acoustic Guitar Solos. Red Wing -This song is popular in the flatpicking guitar set and you will hear a lot of red-hot version of this popular parking lot picker song. It is usually played in the key of C major, so that is where I arranged it. Take a look at the rhythm chords and the advanced version coming very shortly. Have fun!
Red Wing Guitar Pro File - Note: This is a free download for you!
Red Wing Tab Notes 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 Red Wing TAB available plus the Rhythm Chords Tab:
Red Wing Rhythm Chords Tab: Even though this looks quite simple, playing the rhythm requires a lot of stamina and great technique. You have to play the chords right on the beat as you are the person carrying the beat for the song and setting the tempo. Also be able to switch between chords flawlessly and even play a few bass runs if you get a chance. We will cover bass runs in later lessons and additional tab.
One thing to notice is the up-stroke on the second beat of each measure. This is a common technique that you should master. It may be rather hard until you get used to it, then it will be very easy and natural.
The link for the Rhythm Chords is: Red Wing Rhythm Chords Tab
Red Wing Beginner Tab - The First Break, We are taking a bit of a different tact with the beginning break of this song. I want you to play the rhythm chords and be able to play them flawlessly. This will then set the stage for the beginner and advanced break versions, which rely so much on the rhythm chord forms for their basic melody.
The very beginning guitar flatpicker's will struggle with this break as it is leans more toward an intermediate break than beginner. Give it a try and if you find it too hard, try some of the many beginner tabbed songs here and come back to this one when you are more experienced.
Play the song in the key of C major - no capo.
Red Wing Intermediate Tab - The Second Break: The intermediate version of this song is really fun to play. The break is played mostly in the 5th position (or at least the first or 'A' part of the song that is) This will give you some great experience playing a bit higher up the neck. We use either a pause or an extended time note like a quarter note or half note, or an open string to make our transition up to the higher position. To make the transition back down to the first position we use the same method.
The second or 'B' part of the song, you fill find a big challenge. It is mega cross-picking at its finest. I also played around with the timing a bit as well. Have fun with this version of Red Wing.
The link to the intermediate version is: Red Wing Intermediate Tab.
Red Wing Advanced Tab - The Third Break: Consider yourself a crosspicking expert if you can play this break up to speed. I have thrown a challenge at you with this one. Just work through it very slowly and gradually get up to proper speed, which is about 210 bbm. This is a perfect application for the speed trainer of Guitar Pro. Set the low side of the trainer at a speed where you can comfortably play this song. Set the upper limit of the trainer about 20 bbm faster than that. Then pick the increment you wish to increase speed. I usually pick about 5 bpm, but that may be a bit of a challenge for you. Even if you select a factor of 1 you are still increasing your speed each time you go through it.
The link to the Advanced version is: Red Wing Advanced Tab.
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Having trouble with Crosspicking technique? We have a great article on Learning How to Crosspick.
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 often on the upbeat, but not always. 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.
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 210 to 220 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.
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.
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.