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Billy In The Lowground Intermediate Tab:

Billy in the Lowground, was the second flatpick guitar song that I learned. The beginner version that is tabbed out here is almost exactly the way that I played it, and continue to play it today. Again, as in Red Haired Boy, this song came from the California Autumn CD from Tony Rice. Tony really plays a great version of this song and I hope to capture some of that blues sound in the third break here

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

Billy In The Lowground Intermediate Tab
This lesson is available in the following formats:

Billy In The Lowground Intermediate Tab - Guitar Pro File - Note: This is a free download for you!

Billy In The Lowground 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 have three versions of Billy in the Lowgroud TAB available.

Billy In The Lowground Intermediate Tab
Beginner Tab:

Billy In The Lowground Beginner Tab - The First Break, One of the first things you will note is that there is an Intro on this tune. This type of intro can be used with almost any bluegrass tune in the key of C, so you should put it in your lick library.

The balance of this song is very straight forward and you should not have any problems at all with it.

The link to the beginner version is: Billy In The Lowground Beginner Tab.

Billy In The Lowground Intermediate Tab
Intermediate Tab:

Billy In The Lowground Intermediate Tab - The Second Break: Basically this second break is an enhanced version of the first or beginner break of Billy in the Lowground. There are a few hooks to make it sound really cool, such as a triplet hammer-on, pull-off combination, and some double stops. Other than that, If you can play the first break without much ordeal, you should be able to handle this one too.

The link to the intermediate version is: Billy In The Lowground Intermediate Tab.

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Billy In The Lowground Intermediate Tab
Advanced Tab:

Billy In The Lowground Advanced Tab - The Third Break: Here is where we will put this song into high gear. This break will include some Tony Rice-like blues runs and will be very challenging, so hang on!

The link to the Advanced verion is: Billy In The Lowground Advanced Tab.

Billy In The Lowground Intermediate Tab
Guitar Tab Notes on the lesson:

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Billy In The Lowground Intermediate 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 230 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.

Billy In The Lowground Intermediate 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.

Billy In The Lowground Intermediate Tab 1 - (Click on Tab to Get Guitar Pro File) Billy In The Lowground Beginner Tab
Billy In The Lowground Intermediate Tab 2 - (Click on Tab to Get Guitar Pro File) Billy In The Lowground Beginner Tab