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Gold Rush

Melody, A Part

We're re-issuing one of Chris's most popular lessons with new sheet music, re-mastered video and updated loop points. From Chris: 

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:

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Performance of Gold Rush

Loop 2:27 Introduction to Gold Rush, G Major Scale and AABB Form

Loop 4:28 Slow Run-Through of Gold Rush A Section (Note: Transcription is from First Performance)


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 5:30 Breakdown of Gold Rush A Section

Loop 16:35 Faster Run-Through of Gold Rush A Section

Loop 17:12 Closing Thoughts




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Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Jan 26, 2021

Hey Chris ... I wish I could report it went great. I'm having trouble with the bit up the neck and an over all uncool vibe-like stiffness feel to the rest of it ... BUT I haven't really been playing much until I saw these redo's. The pandemic political double whamy took the wind out of my sails and it has been rough regaining some form of equilibrium.  I'm gonna hang with it and see if there is anything worth posting.

Here's my recommendation to you  ... do some online shows please.   :-)

Love ya - Kip

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Feb 04, 2021

Man, I hear you about this last year - it was brutal for all of us, I think, in our own ways. My equilibrium was knocked off for sure! 

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Dec 06, 2020

Thx for reminding me what's been missing in my life. I think I'll take a shot at this and see if it goes any better than last time.

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Jan 21, 2021

Well, how'd it go? :-)

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