Ultimate Guitar Tab: Soldier's Joy - Beginner

Guitar Tab Soldier's Joy- Beginner

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Guitar Tab - Soldier's Joy- Beginner:

Guitar Tab - Soldier's Joy- Beginner: In this lesson of Guitar Tabs from Ultimate Guitar OnLine we will explore another popular Fiddle Tune. Soldier's Joy. This is another flatpicking song with which you should be able to play several breaks. We have arranged and beginner version here.

This lesson is available in the following formats:

    Soldier's Joy Guitar Pro File - Note: This is a free download for you!

    Soldier's Joy 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.

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 Soldier's Joy TAB available.

Soldier's Joy Beginner Tab - The First Break, This break stays pretty true to the song's fiddle tune roots. We have some sections of continuous eighth notes, but they are broken up with quarter notes just enough to let your right hand rest a bit, before you are blasted once again.

This is a very basic break for this popular fiddle song, but don't let that fool you into thinking it does not sound great. When you play this break up to speed you will sound like a pro.

Soldier's Joy Intermediate Tab - The Second Break: Okay, now we are getting down to business. No more of this right hand resting stuff! This break is a continuous string of eighth notes in true expert class flatpicking tradition. You want some slides and blues riffs? You got 'em in this break. Memorize these licks and stick them in your "Guitar Lick" library to pull out when you need them.

One of the hardest parts of this break is the triplet hammer-on in measure #10. This takes some really practice time to get it just right. Listen to the accompanying Guitar Pro file for help on the timing.

Bonus Tab: I'm included an alternate part I for the intermediate break. This will give you Four different breaks you can play with your friends and parking lot pickin' buddies.

The link to the Intermediate verion is: Soldier's Joy Intermediate Tab.

Soldier's Joy Advanced Tab - The Third Break: With this break we go into the upper atmosphere of the neck - to the 8th position. Make sure your guitar is in tune and the action is just right or you won't sound very good on this break.

Fingers tend to get a little mixed up with the frets being spaced so close in this position. Just take it very slow and work up to speed gradually.

The link to the Advanced verion is: Soldier's Joy Advanced Tab.

Guitar 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. Otherwise will be give you hints along the way by hovering your mouse over certain keywords in this text.

Having trouble with Crosspicking technique? We have a great article on Learning How to Crosspick.

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.
    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.
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.

Guitar Tab - Soldier's Joy - Intermediate
Guitar Tab - Soldier's Joy - Intermediate