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Black Mountain Rag PartA Tab - Advanced Fingerstyle

Black Mountain Rag PartA Tab, by Ultimate-Guitar-Online.com, arrangement by Chet Atkins

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Black Mountain Rag PartA Tab - Advanced Fingerstyle:

Hang on to your hair on this song. This is a blazing hot fingerstyle guitar piece that Chet plays on the classical guitar. This song is very popular with the flatpick guitar set and Chet Atkins very successfully brings it to the fingerstyle guitar with this arrangement of Black Mountain Rag.

True Bluegrass InstrumentalsA Master and His Music - Chet Atkins: Here is an MP3 of Chet playing Black Mountain Rag as tabbed out on this page. There are some minor differences, but it is essentially the same arrangement by Chet Atkins. Enjoy this version of Black Mountain Rag.

While chet plays this on a classical, there is no reason you can't play it on a good acoustic fingerstyle guitar either. I will admit that his choice of playing this on a great sounding classical guitar was the right one though. I play it on both classical and steel string acoustic and it sound really cool on both of them!

Chet played this on the classical guitar with not only the Dropped 'D' tuning, but also with a Dropped 'G'. This is really open 'G' tuning in that you can play all but the 1st string open and get a 'G Major' chord. So start by tuning the 6th string down 2 frets to a low 'D' - match the 4th open 'D', only one octave lower. Tune the 5th string down 2 frets to a low 'G'. Match the open 3rd or 'G', only one octave lower.

Considering the difficulty of this piece and the speed at which it is played, I have broken the piece down into several parts. Look for those at the bottom of each article.

Black Mountain Rag PartA Tab - This lesson is available in the following formats:
    Black Mountain Rag PartA Tab - Guitar Pro File - Note: This is a free download for you! The file has all of the notation, TAB, left hand fingering, rhythm chords and more. Turn on RSE and you can enjoy listening to the song as if it was really being played! Amazing sound.
    Black Mountain Rag PartA Tab - PDF File - Note: This is a free download for you ! This will include the full tablature of the song, notation, rhythm tracks, fingering and lots more. Plus you can rearrange the song to suit your tastes and playing level. We also include the Tab Notes teaching system.

All of these files were authored in eMedia's Guitar-Pro. This is the favorite tab and notation authoring software for us here at Ultimate Guitar OnLine. It is filled with features and is simple to use - even without a manual. It is compatible with PC and Mac. We use it on the Mac here and it is a pleasure to use. To see a full review click HERE. Otherwise if you would like to try a free copy of it, you can download the demo HERE and use it for 15 days.

Black Mountain Rag PartA Tab
PartA

Black Mountain Rag PartA Tab - Chet Atkins: Combine blazing speed with some difficult right hand fingering for this premier Chet Atkins song and you have the makings for achieving 'expert status' in the world of fingerpicking. This song is usually played with a machine-gun approach on flatpicking guitar. In this version Chet has set to bar pretty high, but in breaking the song apart into several sections, you will be able to conquer this song arrangement.

The Intro is classic Atkins on the classical guitar. Simple yet elegant. When to get to the first pare of notes in the kick-off, you know you are in trouble. We start off with a combined alternating bass and hammer-ons. About mid-way through the measure you have a pull-off curve ball thrown at you, again combined with the alternating bass and so it goes through this whole PartA piece.

I want to stress to you the importance of these hammer-ons and pull-offs. Do not make the decision not to play them exactly the way they are shown as you definitely will not be able to play this piece up to proper speed without them. They simplify your right hand fingering and they allow you to play the eighth notes in proper sequence.

The easiest way for you to master this song is to download the Guitar Pro file of this song. It is exactly the same as the PDF files located herein and the PDF file you can generate here was generated from the Guitar Pro file. I have depicted all the ornamentals as close to Chet's arrangement as possible and as close to the way that I play it as possible.

Black Mountain Rag PartA Tab
PartB

Black Mountain Rag PartB Tab - Chet Atkins: This is the second half of the song, first version. This portion of the song is quite a bit easier than the PartA (thank goodness), because it gives you a chance to relax a bit before diving into the whole hammer-on, pull-off scene again - and going on to version #2, which is even more of a challenge.

The hardest parts of Black Mountain Rag PartB Tab are the full bar at the 5th fret to form a C Major chord. You really have to have some good finger strength to pull this off, especially if you are playing an acoustic guitar with a bit higher action. The most difficult portion is while you are holding this C bar chord, you have to play a trill or hammer-on, pull-off combination as shown in by the triplet in the 17th measure.

The next hardest part is forming the F Major chord with all 4 of your LF fingers in measures 20 and 27.

Here is the link to Part B: Black Mountain Rag PartB Tab:

Black Mountain Rag PartA Tab
PartC

Black Mountain Rag PartC Tab - Chet Atkins: This version of Black Mountain Rag will challenge your fingerstyle abilities. If you play this break up to speed, your right hand fingers will be moving at banjo pickin speed. The best advice I can make for this break is to play the Guitar Pro file very slowly and try to play along with it. Slowly gain speed with the speed training and you will finally get it.

One of the hardest little licks in the opening measure of the 2nd Version shown in the 30th measure. Upon completion in playing the first double stop (double note) there is a double stop natural harmonic indicated. You play this with the LF 1st and 4th fingers with a big stretch. Play it right and it sounds really cool. Play it wrong and it will make a dead-sounding thud!

Keep your attention on the right and left hand fingering on this break. They are extremely important to the success of this piece and the ability to play it up to speed.

Here is the link to Part C: Black Mountain Rag PartC Tab:

Black Mountain Rag PartA Tab
PartD

Black Mountain Rag PartD Tab - Chet Atkins: Okay, this break takes it up even one more notch. In this break, Chet (and I) play this mostly with double stops with the lead note being the lower pitch note and the harmony note being the higher pitched note. While you are playing the double stops, the relentless bass notes keep hammering away.

The absolute hardest part of this break for me is playing the triplet double stops in the 8th measure. They are played as triplet quarter notes, which means there are three of them played for every 2 beats or a total of 6 being played for the 4 beat measure. Timing is essential. Listen to the Guitar Pro file for detailed timing information.

After you play this break, you can go right back to the beginning verse to start all over.

Here is the link to Part D: Black Mountain Rag PartD Tab:

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Black Mountain Rag PartA Tab
Notes on the lesson:

If you are not familiar with reading Guitar Tab, click HERE for a quick tutorial. If you are not familiar with reading notation click HERE for some online lesson material we have put together. There are a few more areas that you can brush up on to really get going on this song. I have summarized them below. Just click the links and you can go to that particular article.

Having problems with that flat pick? This article gives you lots of info on proper techniques - Right Hand Techniques.

Having trouble with the fingering? Take a look at Left Hand Techniques and get some help there.

If you desire help with your fingerstyle technique, visit our Fingerstyle Guitar Lessons section.

Black Mountain Rag PartA 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.

Black Mountain Rag PartA Tab - Tab 1 - (Click on Tab to Get Guitar Pro File)
Black Mountain Rag
Black Mountain Rag PartA Tab - Tab 2 - (Click on Tab to Get Guitar Pro File)
Black Mountain Rag