Shenandoah Breakdown - Intermediate Flatpick Guitar Tab PartA
Shenandoah Breakdown - Intermediate Tab - First Lesson for this song which will give you an intermediate level flatpicking break.
In this lesson on Flatpicking Guitar you will learn to play the Part A portion of the popular banjo tune Shenandoah Breakdown.
When you first hear this song played up-to-speed, it sound rather difficult - but really it is not that difficult. The song is broken down into several similar passages, so when you learn one of them, you already know about 25% of the song.
Also this tune is quite often played at a very rapid pace of between 220 to 240 beats per minute. In order to attain this kind of speed, there are usually quite a few ornamentals introduced, such as pull-offs, hammer-ons, and slides. You will find quite a few of these in this lesson and they will give your right hand a well-desired rest.
The first thing to note is in the first measure of the break. You will notice that there are (2) pickup notes before the break starts. These are optional and you can choose to dig right into the song on the second measure. The pickup notes do spice it up a bit though.
Next - notice that there is a accent placed on the C note in the second, 4th and 6th measures. This is very important and gives the break definition. Use accents sparingly in your breaks to spice them up and give more interest and flexibility in your playing style
In the 3rd measure we are back on-track with more crosspicking. This crosspicking passage is like an arpeggio with the C chord form. Watch your down-up pick strokes very carefully through this measure.
In the 7th measure we come across another crosspicking passage - again with the C chord form. This time is a bit different than the one in the 3rd measure in that it skips a string to catch the open "E" first string at the end. This will give you a challenge, but work on it and get it smoothly - it sounds great. Watch those down-ups here too.
The first ending brings you into a combination slide-up and reverse slide for a very unique sound. Practice these slides so that when you slide up or down to the second note, the note sounds almost as clearly and loudly as a picked note.
This slide can also be played with just a bit of delay - in other words, pick the first note and give it just a little bit more time than the note would indicate. This will give a bit more interest to the break too.
The second slide combination is presented in the second ending. This one is played complete different than the first ending slide combo. Here it is started with a pull-off, followed by a reverse slide, and ends up with (2) pull-offs in the last measure.
Work diligently on this lick as you can use this one over and over and in combination with other licks in many other songs.
So there you have it - Shenandoah Breakdown 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!
So here are the three lessons for this lick:
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: Shenandoah Breakdown 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. Shenandoah Breakdown Intermediate Tab PartA PDF.