Chris Eldridge

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On and On

Chords and Rhythm


This week we're starting in on a new song - On and On. This is a straight down-the-middle-of-the-pike bluegrass song so it offers us a nice canvas on which to learn some simple but widely applicable gestures over the next month. I'd encourage you to take this week to learn the words and work on playing and singing, but for the more advanced players who want to dive into the heavier guitar stuff, there should be some fat the chew on in the played solos of the intro video.

Let me know if you have any questions about any of it!





Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Run-Through of On and On

Loop 2:35 Breakdown of On and On

Loop 6:02 Practice Loop of Chord Form


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 6:33 Closing Thoughts and Outro





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billy Aug 13, 2017

Hi Chris, I don't think I've ever seen you include the B bass in your G chords. Do you find it just not necessary or don't you like the sound of it? Are you saving like an ace in the hole for bass runs? When you strum a G chord you just mute a A string correct? 

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Aug 18, 2017

Hi Billy, that's correct, I almost never play a B on the 5th string if I'm playing a G chord, unless I'm leaving the low G out of the chord. Then the B becomes the bass note and makes a nice inversion. The main reason I do that is that it sounds a bit muddy to my ear to have that particular note in that particular chord. Also, most of my alternating bass notes are on the 4th and 6th strings and the strums are usually taking place on strings 1-4. And I think you're actually right, it does kind of act like an ace in the hole on G runs! I just use the underside pad of whichever finger is playing the note on the 6th string to mute the 5th string.

There's certainly nothing wrong with that note in that chord, BTW, it's more of a personal preference thing. 


Bryan Mabe
Bryan Mabe Jul 29, 2017

That's smokin hot right there.... can't wait to dive in

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Jul 28, 2017

That's a really cool tune and the usual eyepoppin' pickin' but ya'll are gonna have to activate the ability to "Loop" and "Slow"  down on this lesson or I'm gonna have to stick with the Twinkle Twinkle Little Star intro   : ) 

James Macklin
James Macklin Jul 28, 2017

As one who was just listening to Tony Rice Plays and Sings Bluegrass, nice job throwin in the lick from his solo on this tune on your 2nd pass! Great way of negotiating that change. 

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Jul 31, 2017

Isn't that just the best lick? It's actually from his solo on I've Waited As Long As I Can, but it's bluegrass so you can kind of just copy/paste. ;-)

James Macklin
James Macklin Jul 31, 2017

Lol gaah that's right, you got me!  :p   It is a killer lick!

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