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Old Grimes

Learning The Chords


This week we're starting a new tune, Old Grimes, that Julian Lage and I recorded on our new album Mount Royal. It's a super sweet tune, with an interesting melody and unusually sweet chords. This week I'm going to teach you those chords. Once you've got them down, try improvising over them. Anything you play in the key of D will work!






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Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Old Grimes

Loop 2:50 Introduction to Old Grimes

Loop 6:52 Chords with Chris Humming

Loop 7:47 Breakdown of Chords and Song Form

Loop 10:53 Slow Practice Loop of Chords and Song Form


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 11:55 Variations

Loop 12:30 Closing Thoughts

Loop 13:54 Practice Loop With Chris Playing the Melody


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Jeff Falke
Jeff Falke Apr 10, 2017

Chris - Can we expect a lesson on that sweet cross-picky stuff starting about 0:43??? - Jeff F.

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Apr 10, 2017

Indeed you can!

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Mar 27, 2017

Allen, great question about playing to fit the opportunities that a particular position gives you. I will think about this...

In the meantime, will you post a vid of your up the neck version?



Bryan Mabe
Bryan Mabe Mar 26, 2017

Love this tune Chris....can't wait to learn the melody. Thanks man

Allen StJohn
Allen StJohn Mar 25, 2017

Great minds think alike. Or one great mind anyway, Critter. 
After seeing y'all at Rockwood, I decided that I'd try to learn Old Grimes off the record. 
Got some cheezy internet tab, and made a pretty decent start on the A part.
Now a chance to learn from the Master. 


P.S. What's a Grimes? The plural of "Grime?"

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Mar 24, 2017

Ahhh man .... thank you for showing us this tune ... way cool .... I was hoping you would and I'm hoping I can play this one. Thanks for sharing the background on how it came to you and ended up on Mt. Royal. I really dig that kind of info.


Allen StJohn
Allen StJohn Mar 26, 2017

I'm not the fastest learner and this one came relatively quick, even learning it more by ear than by tab. 
Good luck, Kip. I'm sure you'll nail it. 
Will OG be Critter's  "Whiskey Before Breakfast?" (some guy with a beard and a big ol 12-fretter played that one pretty good IIRC


But seriously, Chris. A question/idea. In figuring out this melody in the first position, I also (thanks to the encouragement from your WBB lesson) worked our OG up the neck. 

Here's my question. (And maybe Grimes isn't the ideal tune for the answer because it's pretty much a single line as you play it.)
A lot of the fun of playing WBB is the opportunity for crosspicking around the C and F shapes in the first positon.
Or that slick little chunk o' chords tag in the "Norman Blake" version of Soldier's Joy. 

Unfortunately I've discovered that those little "guitaristic" techniques/positions, don't alway work/translate when you're playing the melody up the neck.
I'd love to see a lesson where you explain how you go about finding an approach that's different, but equally cool, when you're moving around/up the neck. A way to make your playing fit the opportunities that a particular position gives you.
I don't expect a reply next week, of course. This is just food for thought for a future lesson. Looking forward to your smart answers to my simple questions. TIA. 


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