This month we are going to tackle a warhorse of a flatpicking tune - Bill Monroe's Gold Rush. Tony Rice made an iconic recording of this song on his even more iconic record, Church Street Blues. I would heartily encourage you to pick up Church Street Blues. If I could only take one record to a desert isle, it might be the one for me. This recording is tight and muscular and with each time through the tune slowly unfolds from the plain melody into more Tony Rice-ish variations. It's great.
This week we'll just focus on the A part of the melody.
Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Loop 0:00 Performance of Gold Rush
Loop 1:28 Introduction to Gold Rush, G Major Scale and AABB Form
Loop 3:35 Slow Run-Through of Gold Rush A Section (Note: Transcription is from First Performance)
Loop 4:34 Breakdown of Gold Rush A Section
Loop 15:41 Faster Run-Through of Gold Rush A Section
Loop 16:17 Closing Thoughts