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The Likes of Me

Tony Rice's Amazing Intro

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The Likes of Me > Tony Rice's Amazing Intro

Hello All,

This week I’ll be showing you Tony Rice’s intro to “The Likes of Me.” It’s classic Tony: tasty, tuneful, powerful, surprising, and syncopated. The real crux of this lesson can be found the slight syncopations that give this intro/solo so much flavor while not derailing the flow at all. It’s incredible how Tony does this.

Also, once you’ve learned the intro try playing it along with Tony. There is so much to be learned from these great masters beyond the notes. The touch, the timing, the drive, the grace and power. Once you’ve got the notes under your fingers listen to Tony play this, and emulate that!







Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Intro


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 0:32 Breakdown of Intro

Loop 5:55 Slow Practice Loop of Intro

Loop 24:32 Practice Loop with Chris Playing Rhythm





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Torgeir Jorem
Torgeir Jorem Dec 19, 2019

Thanks for this lesson, what an awesome riff to play! I decided to give this a go in a speed above my comfort level, but hope I still maintain the energy although it's a bit sloppy here and there. Took your advice on sometimes playing 'too fast', but trying to maintain a relaxed pick motion. I have used metronome in rehersals, for gaining speed and coordinating right hand (which was challenging on this one!). Any comments?


Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Dec 19, 2019

Really cool Torgeir ...

Torgeir Jorem
Torgeir Jorem Dec 19, 2019

Thanks, Kip 🙂

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Aug 26, 2019


I don't know if I even caught a whim of the vibe or how many notes added or missecd but it sure is fun and addicting to play. 

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Oct 17, 2019

YES KIP! YOU NAILED THE VIBE! And you're pulling such killer tone too. GREAT, GREAT, GREAT! I would just put some extra effort in on the end where it starts going up high. It looked like you were starting to fight the guitar a bit right there. Keep practicing it and try making friends with that part. It sounds ridiculous, but I'm actually serious! Try intentionally relaxing yourself right before that part and do the thing where you let yourself be sloppy. Try to feel relaxed and try to feel smooth. Spend some time practicing that particular area in that specific head space. Then slowly start putting that together with the rest of the intro that comes before and make them all feel like one piece. 

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Jul 25, 2019

Progress report to anyone who may or may not be trying this .... not too tough to learn and reach the notes on this one but very tough to stay loose and make it resemble the way the TR recording sounds. That is all.


Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Aug 08, 2019

Hey, practice makes perfect! Also, on a more serious note, Tony does play with a good deal of tension. In a way, that’s part of his sound, but the kind of tension that he employs didn’t interrupt him from playing the way he played and making that incredible music.

Tony is such an anomaly. I look to him for the inspiration and deep lessons that his musicality offers, but I actually don’t try to emulate exactly *how* he uses his body because it actually literally hurts me. Causes physical pain. And it wasn’t sustainable for him either. He quit playing at 61 years old because of physical issues with his hands, forearms and elbows. But I think we can take those lessons of musicality, touch, time and tone and try to figure out how to employ them into our own techniques and concepts of music and the guitar.

Kip Marchetti
Kip Marchetti Jul 20, 2019

Hmmm ... I know you're a renowned picker and great performer and teacher and what not but in this case I'm gonna call you dude.

Dude ... got any Mary had a little lamb licks I might be able to play ... ha ha ... sorry just kidding. That was great.

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