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Red Haired Boy

Intro To The Tune

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Red Haired Boy > Intro To The Tune

Hello all!

We’re starting a new tune this week called Redhaired Boy. It’s a bit of a flat picking standard - some of you may know it already and some of you may not but it provides a good template on which we can discuss scales. In addition to familiar 1, 4 and 5 chords, Red Haired Boy has a prominent b7 chord which requires a different scale than the other chords. We will get into the details of that next week but in the meantime here are the chords and melody to Redhaired Boy for you to learn.






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Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Red Haired Boy


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 2:01 Introduction To Red Haired Boy

Loop 4:54 Breakdown of Red Haired Boy Chords

Loop 10:57 Breakdown of Red Haired Boy Melody

Loop 20:17 Outro





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Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Jan 03, 2018

Hi Chris -

I haven't submitted anything in a while so here is Red Haired Boy just to let you know I'm still having fun trying to flatpick for no other reason than that. I get too anxious playing whle making a video - kind of odd for a 60 year old dude. I threw in the TR lick and it blew up but there it is ... I'll keep banging away at it ... still playing in slo-mo comparatively speaking. Happy New Year to you and yours!


Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Jan 04, 2018

Kip, you learned all of it - good on ya! Your fluency and fluidity are noticeably better since the last video you put up so you are continuing to make great progress, which is awesome. The only thing to keep an eye on is making sure that you don’t lose the beat/bar structure. Over the entire video this only happened a few times, but most notably at 0:19 (also at 1:33). Check in with that and make sure you know how it should go, but otherwise you’re really doing great!

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Jan 05, 2018

Thanks Chris - fluidity is music to my ears - sometimes yes and sometimes no but I'm starting to fewel more comfortable. Beats, bars and structure the old bug-a-boo so thankfully I'm a one man bedroom band : )

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Nov 25, 2017

Thanks Chris ... I hope to learn this tune and look forward to working on it.

James Macklin
James Macklin Nov 24, 2017

For kind of a fresh take on this tune, this is Jake Workman, Ricky Skagg's current lead player. Pretty sure this is Red Haired Boy, he's kinda Django-ing it in that he's basically improvising around the chord changes. Some very cool licks here and a nice substitution (Am-Dm I think) in the first B section. 


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