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Beaumont Rag Beginner Tab:

In this lesson of Guitar Tabs from Ultimate Guitar OnLine we introduce to to one of the all-time great flatpicking solos. Beaumont Rag. This is another flatpicking song with which you should be able to play several breaks. This is one of the songs that 'turned me on' to flatpicking, by listening to Tony Rice play it on his CD California Autumn. Tony's arrangement is legendary for this song and just about every flatpicking guitarist has his own version of Tony's arrangment in their bag of tricks.

True Bluegrass InstrumentalsCalifornia Autumn by Tony Rice was the very first bluegrass guitar CD that I purchased and I have to say it is still one of my favorite all time albums. Our tabbed song "Red Haired Boy" is on the 5th cut of this CD and my arrangement is very close the to arrangement that Tony plays. I invite you to put California Autumn in your collection too!

California Autumn, Bullet Man, Mr. Poverty, Billy In The Low Ground, Red Haired Boy, Good Woman's Love, You Don't Know My Mind, Alone And Forsaken, Bugle Call Rag, Scarborough Fair, Beaumont Rag

Beaumont Rag Beginner Tab
This lesson is available in the following formats:

Beaumont Rag Beginner Tab - Guitar Pro File - Note: This is a free download for you!

Beaumont Rag Beginner 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 have three versions of Red Haired Boy TAB available.

Beaumont Rag Beginner Tab
Beginner Tab:

Beaumont Rag Beginner Tab - The First Break, Beaumont Rag is the classic Bluegrass song that is know for its diversity and crosspicking expertise. I will gradually ease you into this song with this beginner break. It sounds very nice when you play it up to speed and I'm sure your will enjoy this version of it.

There is a fair amount of crosspicking in the second half or the 'B' part of the break. I have added quite a few quarter notes in lieu of the eighth notes to give you a break with your right hand. Still--This break demands quite some crosspicking edequite.

The link to the beginner version is: Beaumont Rag Beginner Tab.

Beaumont Rag Beginner Tab
Intermediate Tab:

Beaumont Rag Intermediate Tab - The Second Break: Need I say 'Full Emersion in Crosspicking'?. Yep, that is right. You have some real finger gymnasitics going on here with the left hand crosspicking. In fact if you can master this break, you can probably play any complicated crosspicking break.

The first half of the break or the A part is no easy flatpicking task either. Just start out really slow and build thing up as you gain experience. Be sure to use Guitar Pro Speed Trainer. I still use that myself to gradually build speed on my arrangements.

The link to the intermediate version is: Beaumont Rag Intermediate Tab.

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Beaumont Rag Beginner Tab
Advanced Tab:

Beaumont Rag Advanced Tab - The Third Break: While the difficulty of the third break is not that much greater than the intermediate or second break above, there are some 'gotcha' moments in this break. I would prefer to call this a intermediate to advanced break.

The hardest part of the second half or B part of the song is the crosspicking in the 3rd position, on the treble strings. I still have a bit of a problem playing this one, but with practice you will nail it.

The link to the Advanced verion is: Beaumont Rag Advanced Tab.

Beaumont Rag Beginner Tab
Guitar Tab Notes on the lesson:

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Beaumont Rag Beginner Tab
Ultimate Guitar Tab Tips on This Selection:

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.

Left hand fingering is clearly shown below the tab sections and each number is representative of a finger with the index finger being 1 the middle being 2 the ring 3 and the pinky number 4.

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 - so it is one of the faster numbers you will learn.

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.

Each quarter note = one beat in the measure so there are 4 quarter notes in just about every measure.

Although this song is tabbed in the key of C major, it is most often played in the key of D Major. Therefore use a Capo on the second fret and play it in C and you will be playing automatically in D. With a Capo on the Second Fret, it tends to play a bit easier also, since the frets are closer together. Watch for this technique a lot in flatpick guitar pieces.

Beaumont Rag Beginner Tab
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.

Beaumont Rag Beginner Tab 1 - (Click on Tab to Get Guitar Pro File) Beaumont Rag Beginner Tab1
Beaumont Rag Beginner Tab 2 - (Click on Tab to Get Guitar Pro File) Beaumont Rag Beginner Tab2
Beaumont Rag Beginner Tab 3 - (Click on Tab to Get Guitar Pro File) Beaumont Rag Beginner Tab3