Guitar Tab Sugarfoot Rag Intermediate
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Guitar Tab - Sugarfoot Rag- Intermediate: In this lesson of Guitar Tabs from Ultimate Guitar OnLine we will TAB out for you the song Sugarfoot Rag. This song was originally made popular by Roy Clark, playing a blazing rendition of it on the electric guitar. Well, guess what? I sounds great on the acoustic guitar too. We will arrange 3 different versions of this song so you can have 3 breaks to play.
Sugarfoot Rag Guitar Pro File - Note: This is a free download for you!
Sugarfoot Rag Tab Notes 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 re-arrange the song to suit your tastes and playing level.
Sugarfoot Rag Intermediate Video Lesson - Go to the video page of this lesson. On this video I have included 3 videos at different speeds so you can easily follow along on the slower video and understand what the song will sound like on the fast video.
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 will have three versions of Sugarfoot Rag TAB available.
Sugarfoot Rag Beginner - The First Version, This page is the first version of this song and, is an beginner version based mostly of the treble strings. I've thrown in quite a few slides to really make it sound nice and not so much like a beginning version.
Also notice the position change or shifting of the finger between the 2nd and 3rd positions. The song plays at 100 beats per minute. You should capo the 2nd fret. If you would like to see the beginner version go to Sugarfoot Rag Beginner..
Sugarfoot Rag Intermediate - Second Version: This page is the intermediate version of tablature and notation, and we will explore this song on mostly the bass strings. Because of this, I would classify the arrangement somewhere between intermediate skill level and advanced skill level.
Playing on the bass definitely can drag the tempo of the song down, so practice a lot to get your speed up. There are are also some more advanced ornamentations like a three-note hammer-on to get you going, at the beginning of the break.
You should capo the 2nd fret. The link to the intermediate version is: Sugarfoot Rag Intermediate. This page is the intermediate version.
Sugarfoot Rag Advanced - Third Version: Back to the treble strings. This time I've added some really cool blues runs and I'm sure you will have loads of fun playing this. This version of the song is definitely advanced stuff and if you can play this a full speed, give yourself a big pat on the back.
If not, work on the Speed Trainer of Guitar Pro 6 and you will be there with strength and practice. The video plays at 180 beats per minute. You should capo the 2nd fret.
One thing I would like to point out here. This song played at 180 beats per measure is not the full up to speed version that you ultimately should play. While it sounds great at that speed, the song is usually played somewhere between 200 and 220 beats per measure, depending on the arrangement.
The link to the advanced version is: Sugarfoot Rag Advanced.
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 trouble with Crosspicking technique? We have a great article on Learning How to Crosspick.
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.
- 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.
If you are being challenged by crosspicking, this song will be hard for you at first. It is however an excellent song with which learn crosspicking and you will get much satisfaction once you master it.
If you need help click the link above on Learning How to Crosspick.
- 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 G major, it is most often played in the key of A Major. Therefore use a Capo on the second fret and play it in G and you will be playing automatically in A. 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.
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.