Wabash Cannonball - Beginner Tab Lesson
Wabash Cannonball Beginner Tab - Learn this oldtime favorite in this free acoustic guitar lesson. Then explore the more advanced versions.
Wabash Cannonball is a great song to begin your ventures into lead guitar playing. The song is very straight forward, easy to learn and just about everyone is familiar with it.
This song, as tabbed here is written in the key of C Major. The three principle chords in C Major are C, F and G7, and all three of them are represented here.
Even when playing just the lead score, be sure you pay attention to the chord diagrams located above the score. By doing so you will be given some great insight as to what your lead playing chord forms will be. In other words when you play the lead score for a song, you build the melody around the rhythm chords - the fingering of the left hand that is.
Wabash Cannonball, gives us a great opportunity to learn a basic song arrangement, master it and then add different arrangements to not only make it an intermediate arrangement, it will give you a great deal of knowledge as to how you can do this for yourself..
Therefore - memorize this tune, memorize the left hand fingering and pay close attention to the up-down pick strokes located beneath the TAB staff..
The first challenge for the beginning guitar player comes in the 3rd fret. This is where we have our first string slide. If you aren't sure how to do one of these, please visit our lesson on Guitar String Slides.
Basically you do it like this: Place your LH 3rd finger on the 3rd fret of the 2nd string and pick it with your right hand pick and give it the full one complete beat. Next, without lifting your finger, slide it up to the 5th fret of the same string and let it ring for the full timing of the note.
Our next area of the Wabash Cannonball, we will explore is a guitar string pull-off. A pull-off sounds a second note of a note pair without actually picking the second note. Here is a good lesson on how to do a Guitar String Pull-Off.
This is located in the 4th measure. Start by planting your LH first finger on the 1st fret of the 1st string and pick the note and let it ring for the total timing of the note, which is 1/2 beat. Immediately pull the first finger off the string in a sideways manner (toward the palm of your hand), to sound the open E or 1st string very clearly and let that ring for 1/2 beat.
You will note that there are several other pull-offs and slides in this selection. Just execute them in a similar manner, pay close attention to the LH fingering and the timing and they become very easy to play with practice.
Okay - that is the Wabash Cannonball. Play it up to speed and it sound really good - even this beginner version. Just wait, because in our next lesson we will take it up a notch. We will take this basic framework for playing the song and I will show you how to add some great blues licks and higher position playing, really adding some excitement to this piece.
If you would like to download the full PDF document for, click on this link to download it right to your computer. Wabash Cannonball PDF.