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Colored Aristocracy Beginner Tab - Flatpick Guitar Tab

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Colored Aristocracy Beginner Tab:

Guitar Tab - Colored Aristocracy - Beginner: In this lesson of Guitar Tabs from Ultimate Guitar OnLine we will explore another popular Fiddle Tune. Colored Aristocracy. One of the best versions of this song is on the CD Down Home by Steve Palazzo and David Grier on Steve's Home Sweet Home Album. When time permits I will tab out David's break of this song, which is typical Grier flatpick guitar - incredible.

I have included a selection of my favorite David Grier CD's at the bottom of this page.

Colored Aristocracy Beginner Tab
This lesson is available in the following formats:

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

Colored Aristocracy 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.

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.


I will have three versions of Colored Aristocracy TAB available.

Colored Aristocracy Beginner Tab
Beginner Tab:

Colored Aristocracy Beginner Tab - The First Break This is a bit less known as a Bluegrass Standard than some of the others that have been published here. It is however, a great song and has some nice chord changes, going into the minor key a bit, which gives it a lot of flavor.

The first break is quite simple and we will certainly build upon it in the intermediate and advanced breaks. Although this is played in the Key of G Major, we use quite a few additional sharps, so watch for those.

The link to the Beginner version is: Colored Aristocracy Beginner Tab.

Colored Aristocracy Beginner Tab
Intermediate Tab:

Colored Aristocracy Intermediate Tab - The Second Break: This intermediate break is definitely much harder. We immediately start with a hammer-on triplet combination and use it several more times through out the break. Also notice an often-used trick in flatpicking style - that is you plan and open string and a fingered not on the next lower string right after one another. This gives a very interesting style and you should work on it hard so you can add it to your lick library and use on other songs/breaks.

I like some of the blues-type turns that we have in this break. This makes it fun to play and very interesting to the audience.

The link to the Intermediate version is: Colored Aristocracy Intermediate Tab.

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Colored Aristocracy Beginner Tab
Advanced Tab:

Colored Aristocracy Advanced Tab - The Third Break: Okay, this is an introduction into the playing style of David Grier. He is an incredible flatpick guitarist and does some amazing riffs. While this break does not duplicate David's break it replicates it. I will give you the flavor of what David does, integrating it with my own playing style. I have simplified some of the break to even make it playable for the casual guitar student, and this is especially true of the B Part of the song.

Have fun with this one as it is really a great break and could give you several pats of the back for being able to play it.

The link to the Advanced version is: Colored Aristocracy Advanced Tab.

Colored Aristocracy Beginner Tab
Guitar Tab Notes on the lesson:

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Colored Aristocracy 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.

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 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.

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

This song is usually played in the key of C Major with no capo.

Colored Aristocracy 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.


Colored Aristocracy Beginner Tab 1 - (Click on Tab to Get Guitar Pro File)
Colored Aristrocracy Beginner Tab
Colored Aristocracy Beginner Tab 2 - (Click on Tab to Get Guitar Pro File)
Colored Aristrocracy Beginner Tab