Blackberry Blossom Advanced Tab
Blackberry Blossom Advanced Tab, by Tony Rice at Ultimate-Guitar-Online.Com, arrangement by Ultimate Guitar Online
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In this lesson of Guitar Tabs from Ultimate Guitar OnLine we will explore one of the most popular Acoustic Guitar Solos. Blackberry Blossom. Nearly every flatpick guitar artist has a good version or versions of this under their belt. While many incredible flatpick guitarists have great arrangements of this song, probably one of the best is by Tony Rice.
Manzanita by Tony Rice was a CD that was put out by Tony in about 1978, when he was at the top of his career. It shows of the brilliance of his unique silky-smooth flatpick guitar style. Our tabbed song "Blackberry Blossom" is on this CD and my arrangement is quite close the to arrangement that Tony plays. I invite you to put Manzanita in your collection too!
Old Train; Manzanita: Little Sadie: Blackberry Blossom; Nine Pound Hammer; Hold Whatcha Got; Blue Railroad; Ginseng Sullivan; Midnight On The Stormy Deep; I Hope You Have Learned; Stony Poin; Home From The Forest
This lesson is available in the following formats:
Blackberry Blossom Advanced Tab - Guitar Pro File - Note: This is a free download for you!
Blackberry Blossom Advanced Tab - PDF File - Note: This is a free download for you !
The rhythm for this song is located on the second track of the Guitar Pro file above. It lists all of the chords, chord diagrams and timing for the song. You can use that file to practice your lead for this song.
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I will have three versions of Blackberry Blossom TAB available.
Blackberry Blossom Beginner Tab - The First Break, This break is a great one for beginner guitar players as it doen't get to out of control with a machine gun fire of eighth notes or a lot of cross-picking. You will like this break, for it strongly reflects the song in a basic form. When you combine it with the intermediate and the advanced version later, you will have a great trio of breaks to draw from.
This song is written in the key of G Major, but it is played in A Major, so use a capo on the second fret to bring it to the correct key for the fiddle and mandolin.
Blackberry Blossom Intermediate Tab - The Second Break: The first half of this intermediate break is spent in the 7th position playing on the 7th to 10th frets, dipping down to the open first postion and agian up to the 7th position. Watch your left hand finger postions very carefuly and get your transitions nailed to be able to play this break with any speed or smoothness
Blackberry Blossom Advanced Tab - The Third Break: The third break is on the lower or bass strings, which will remind you somewhat of the beginner version. The big difference is the non-relenting eighth notes of this break. I have tried to releave the stress on the right hand with a lot of hammer-ons and pull-offs. This does not bring any relief to the left hand though. Good luck with this one, as it is quite tough.
The link to the Advanced verion is: Blackberry Blossom Advanced Tab.
Guitar Tab Notes on the lesson:
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Guitar Tab Notes on the lesson:
Watch your up and down strokes carefully. It is critical that you keep them consistent. Down strokes are almost always on the downbeat and upstrokes are almost always on the upbeat. We have clearly shown the down and up strokes below each note in the tab. The down-up strokes are shown on the tab below the Guitar Tab staff.
Watch your left-hand fingering very carefully when starting out on this. Make sure you follow the tab fingering exactly when you memorize the selection.
Each quarter note = one beat in the measure so there are 4 quarter notes in just about every measure.
Start slowly and gradually work up to speed. Know the song by heart and be able to play it nearly flawlessly before you attempt to play it up-to-speed. This piece is usually played at about 220 bpm.
Beginners should start this song at about 120 to 140 bpm until fully memorized and mastered. Then gradually work up to about 180 to 200. The 220 to 240 gets you into expert status territory.
Guitar Pro has a really cool feature called speed trainer. you can set a loop of accompaniment chords to be played and after each loop the speed increased by a percent that you specify. I love this feature and it gives you milestone very clearly as to you speed conditioning.
Memorize Your Guitar Tab:
Make sure to memorize your songs. What is the easiest way to do this? Unless you have perfect pitch, you will have to learn one section or measure at a time. Once you can play flawlessly move on to the next measure and add it to what you have memorized. Continue this and make sure you can play the first half of the song, including the second ending.
Once you have the first half memorized, move on to the second half, doing the same thing with the second half of the song.