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Rhythm Guitar Accents and a Classic Tony Rice Tag

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Gold Rush > Rhythm Guitar Accents and a Classic Tony Rice Tag

While grooving well is absolutely the most important (and most satisfying!) part of playing rhythm guitar, it can also be fun to inject little syncopations and colors. This week we're going to take a look at a couple of rhythm guitar accents that work well behind fiddle tunes (or any forword-driving song for that matter). And to close out our studies of Gold Rush I'll show you a classic Tony Rice tag to bring it all home.






Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Tony Rice
Gold Rush
Bill Monroe
Chris Eldridge

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Loop 0:00 Rhythm Guitar Accent Example

Loop 1:15 Introduction to the Lesson

Loop 2:15 Breakdown of Rhythm with Bass Movement


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 11:23 Breakdown of Tony Rice Style Tag Ending

Loop 16:42 Closing Thoughts and Outro







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Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti May 17, 2016

Chris - thx for the confidence boost.  I listened to my performance again noting the times you referenced and I understand and agree, This is a picking tune that thrills me and that I want to play as correctly as I'm capable of so I'll continue working at it. I have not tried playing it with you note for note at a slower tempo because I figured I probably couldnt do it so that will be my next big move. 

Thank you for the tips and suggestion.


Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti May 15, 2016

Chris - you said take your time with it and I did ... literally ... a couple of months. My aim was to try and get the solos correct. This is where I'm at with this song. Am I close enough to play it around the camp fire at the lake ha ha. I'll never be much of a speedy picker but I am persistant.


Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge May 16, 2016

Kip, I'm really psyched with how much you have improved as a guitar player over the few months. It's great! You're playing with a real confidence now and that makes such a big difference to the listener.

The one thing that that still needs some attention here is that the timing of the phrases is getting off from the beat from time to time. I'll mention some here and you can take a look: you go to the B section a beat early at 0:26; there's an extra 8th note at 0:57; the up the neck section skips forward a few beats a couple of times in short succession (1:32-1:37); and it jumps forward a bit around 1:52 as well. Considering that these are only about 10 notes out of probably 1,000 I'd say you're doing pretty well! That said, you'll still want to straighten them out. You should be able to count "1 - 2 - 3 - 4" out loud, evenly the whole time and the whole thing should stay on track. Try doing that along with me a few times to see what I mean, then do it along with your recording. See if you can intuitively feel where it's getting off from the 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 beat.

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Mar 13, 2016


The beat goes on ... I post the vid just because for some reason I think it's a cool thing to do I guess.

I'd love to see more folks do that. I'm obviously not there yet with the song but here is where I'm at.



Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Mar 12, 2016

The thought ran through my mind about I have good days and bad days  .... then I thought how can that be but you're right. Playing the guitar is realy no different than anything else.  I try to play for at least an hour every day - probably a little more since I've joined this site and started with your classes but there are days when things feel so natural in my hands and then other days I can't even play an acceptable rythm. Anyway, I just thought I'd chime back in and say thanks for the encouragement and underscore the good day - bad day thing.

Now as for this particular song, I love it ... and it is challenging for me. Others may find it a breeze and I am knocked out impressed by how some of the folks picked it up so fast. Watching Tony Rice play this song is mind blowing - you as well - I'm trying to get to a point with it where it sounds cool for me. It's good to know that I don't have to play it as fast as ya'll to think it sounds cool. Playing a particular section is no problem ... it is when I sit down and try to play it beginning to end where it goes haywire at any given point. Some of that is simply stamina ... and some of it is I need to keep pick'in.


Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Mar 12, 2016

Kip, there is no correct tempo. I probably just play it too fast most of the time! :-) Play it wherever you feel it. The other thing is that you will have good days and bad days. It's just the nature of playing guitar, or for that matter doing anything physical at a high level. Professional athletes have good days and bad. So don't give up on it - play it where it feels good to you. Once you have that, then crank up the tempo if you're feeling like it.

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Mar 09, 2016

I'm just about ready to declare this song isn't for me ... but I won't just yet.  It does feels hopeless after at least a month of practicing and sometimes I think I'm close and others like right now ... not so much. I think I can live with the idea of never being able to play this at the correct tempo ... I'm not really sure how many amatuer guitar pickers can play it up to speed beginning to end but I'd certainly like to play the song through without mistakes and chopiness. I think this one will be a song that will be with me forever ... slightly out of reach ... but something to shoot for. My fingers hurt.

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