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Sailors Hornpipe - Intermediate Flatpick Guitar Tab PartA

Sailors Hornpipe - Intermediate Tab - First Lesson for this song which will give you an intermediate level flatpicking break.

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Sailors Hornpipe - Intermediate Tab PartA:

Bill Keith made this tune popular when he introduced it as his melodic banjo masterpiece when he was playing with Bill Monroe. The melodic banjo method sent a shockwave through the Bluegrass community and Bill was at the center of it.

Not only did his unique take on the banjo win over an entire generation of banjo pickers, it translated into the acoustic guitar as well, and this style has contributed to the core style of Bluegrass flatpicking guitar through Clarence White, Tony Rice, Dan Crary and many more pickers.

Basically this tune is played FAST! In the GuitarPro file I have it at 220 beats per measure, but you will hear it upwards of 280 from some talented musicians.

Sailors Hornpipe - Tips On This Break:

As usual, start out very slow and deliberate to get your technique perfect before you try to add speed to this break..

The left hand fingering shown can be varied somewhat to suit your playing style. Basically the way it is shown, switches between the open 2nd and open 1st positions. How you prefer to finger it depends on how strong and agile your left hand 4th finger is.

Watch your down-up pattern for your right hand picking pattern. This is of utmost importance since this song is played so fast.

Also, to get this break to sound as smooth and polished as possible, keep your left hand fingers planted wherever possible and let the open strings ring through the fingered notes - this will contribute to the melodic sound that Bill obtained on the banjo.

One last possible hiccup for you is the triplet hammer-on pull-off towards the end of the break. Work on this very slowly and when you master it, this should be indistinguishable from a picked triplet.

So that's It- Sailors Hornpipe Intermediate Tab - PartA. Next we will go on to the "B" part of the break and if time permits, I will show you some variations you can make to this break so you can play several versions of it. Good luck and have fun!

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Sailors Hornpipe Intermediate Tab PartA:
Sailors Hornpipe Intermediate Tab PartA

If you would like the Guitar Pro File for this break, which is very faithful to the song and will allow you to make your own unique break, play along with this break, and give you the speed training option, you can load it here: Sailors Hornpipe Intermediate PartA Guitar Pro File.

If you would like to download the full PDF document for, click on this link to download it right to your computer. Sailors Hornpipe Intermediate Tab PartA PDF.