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Red Haired Boy Advanced Tab:

In this lesson of Guitar Tabs from Ultimate Guitar OnLine we will explore another popular Acoustic Guitar Solos. Red Haired Boy or Little Beggerman -This song was popularized by Tony Rice from his California Autumn CD. Nearly every flatpick guitar artist has a good version or versions of this under their belt. We have arranged and intermediate version here and also a beginner version and you can click HERE to see the beginner version.

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

Red Haired Boy Advanced Tab
This lesson is available in the following formats:

Red Haired Boy Adanced Tab - Guitar Pro File - Note: This is a free download for you!

Red Haired Boy Advanced 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 have three versions of Red Haired Boy TAB available.

Red Haired Boy Advanced Tab
Beginner Tab:

Red Haired Boy Beginner Tab - The First Break, This page is the first version of this song and, is an beginner version based mostly of the treble strings. It is a fairly straight forward break and sounds really nice when played up to speed, which is about 220 bbm.

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.

The link to the beginner version is: Red Haired Boy Beginner Tab.

Red Haired Boy Advanced Tab
Intermediate Tab:

Red Haired Boy Intermediate Tab - The Second Break: The intermediate version of this song is really fun to play. In involves what I call the machine gun approach to flatpicking guitar, which is a steady array of eighth notes strung together. If your right arm doesn't ache after a practice session on this break, then my hats off to you!

I also threw a few curve balls at you with some slides and an altered F triad, which gives the break a real "lonesome" feeling to it. As I mount my soap box, please, play this break very slowly and smoothly first, until you have it memorized and nailed. Only then should you begine to build speed. Be sure to use the Guitar Pro Speed Trainer for this. I still do after all these years. It is amazing how fast you can build speed when done gradually.

The link to the intermediate version is: Red Haired Boy Intermediate Tab.

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Red Haired Boy Advanced Tab
Advanced Tab:

Red Haired Boy Advanced Tab - The Third Break: Hold on to your hair (red hair that is) on this break. I've included everything you can imagine on this one. We start off with a great bass run and go right into elaborate hammer-on's pull-off's and slides thrown in for good measure.

If you learn to play this break up to proper speed you will be the star of the parking lot pickin' group. Other picker's will ask how you do that. Use this break to build up your own breaks. Feel free to use the Free Guitar Pro file to augment and make it truely your own style.

The link to the Advanced verion is: Red Haired Boy Advanced Tab.

Red Haired Boy Advanced Tab
Guitar Tab Notes on the lesson:

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Red Haired Boy Advanced 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 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.

Red Haired Boy Advanced 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.

Red Haired Boy Advanced Tab 1 - (Click on Tab to Get Guitar Pro File) Red Haired Boy Intermediate Tab
Red Haired Boy Advanced Tab 2 - (Click on Tab to Get Guitar Pro File) Red Haired Boy Intermediate Tab