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Eighth of January Intermediate Tab:

In this lesson of Guitar Tabs from Ultimate Guitar OnLine we will TAB out for you the song Eighth of January. I first learned this song after listening to Tony Rice play it on his CD Tony Rice. Tony's incredible accuracy and bluesy style is carried on from Clarence White, who, unfortunately died at a very young age.

Ready to GoTony Rice by Tony Rice, is one of Tony's first CD's, if not the first one. This CD shows off the talant that Tony has a very young age already. You can see by the cover that he is in possession of Clarence White's famous Martin D28. This is the guitar that Clarance enlarged the sound hole and placed a Gretsch Electric Guitar fretboard on. There are some great cuts on this CD, the song that is tabbed here, Eighth of January is on this CD as well

Banks of the Ohio; Rattlesnake; Mr. Engineer; Plastic Banana; Don't Give Your Heart to A Rambler; Farewell Blues; Way Downtown; Stoney Creek; Hills of Roane County; Eighth of January; Big Mon; Temperance Reel

Eighth of January Intermediate Tab
This lesson is available in the following formats:

Eighth of January Intermediate Tab - Guitar Pro File - Note: This is a free download for you!

Eighth of January Intermediate Tab - PDF File - Note: This is a free download for you ! This will include the full tablature of the song, notation, rhythm tracks, fingering and lots more. Plus you can re-arrange the song to suit your tastes and playing level.

Eighth of January Intermediate Tab
Video Lesson:

Eighth of January Intermediate Video Lesson - Go to the video page of this lesson. On this video I have included 3 videos at different speeds so you can easily follow along on the slower video and understand what the song will sound like on the fast video.

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.


All of these files were authored in eMedia's Guitar-Pro. This is the favorite tab and notation authoring software for us here at Ultimate Guitar OnLine. It is filled with features and is simple to use - even without a manual. It is compatible with PC and Mac. We use it on the Mac here and it is a pleasure to use. To see a full review click HERE. Otherwise if you would like to try a free copy of it, you can download the demo HERE and use it for 15 days.

I will have three versions of Eighth of January TAB available.

Eighth of January Intermediate Tab
Beginner Tab:

Eighth of January Beginner Tab - The First Break, This page is the first version of this song and, is an beginner version based mostly of the treble strings. It is a fairly straight forward break and sounds really nice when played up to speed, which is about 220 bbm.

Take note in this tab, how the C Major chord form is held throughout most of the break. This means very little finger movement and will allow you to concentrate on the right hand picking. The video for this break plays at 100 beats per minute. I am playing this song in the open position of C, but you will most often here it played in the key of D major, so you would place a capo on the second fret.

The link to the beginner version is: Eighth of January Beginner Tab.

Eighth of January Intermediate Tab
Intermediate Tab:

Eighth of January Intermediate Tab - Second Break: This page is the intermediate version of tab and we will explore this song on mostly the bass strings again. Again, because of the C Major chord form you can play a good portion of the song using that form.

Playing on the bass definitely can drag the tempo of the song down, so practice a lot to get your speed up. There are are also some more advanced ornamentations like a three-note hammer-on to get you going, at the beginning of the break.

The link to the intermediate version is: Eighth of January Intermediate Tab.

Guitar Pro: a tablature editor, a score player, and a backing band all in one

Eighth of January Intermediate Tab
Advanced Tab:

Eighth of January Advanced Tab - Third Break: Back to the treble strings. This break I have added some runs and licks in the 3rd and 5th position to keep you on your toes. It really adds some sparkle to the break and I think you will like it. This break is based on the first break of the song, but with additional notes and these position runs. Good Luck with this one!

One thing I would like to point out here. This song played at 180 beats per measure is not the full up to speed version that you ultimately should play. While it sounds great at that speed, the song is usually played somewhere around 220 beats per measure, depending on the arrangement.

The link to the advanced version is: Eighth of January Advanced Tab.

Eighth of January Intermediate Tab
Eighth of January - Guitar Tab Notes on the lesson:

If you are not familiar with reading Guitar Tab, click HERE for a quick tutorial. If you are not familiar with reading notation click HERE for some online lesson material we have put together. There are a few more areas that you can brush up on to really get going on this song. I have summarized them below. Just click the links and you can go to that particular article.

Having trouble with Crosspicking technique? We have a great article on Learning How to Crosspick.

Having problems with that flat pick? This article gives you lots of info on proper techniques - Right Hand Techniques.

Having trouble with the fingering? Take a look at Left Hand Techniques and get some help there.

Eighth of January Intermediate Tab
Ultimate Guitar Tab Tips on This Selection:

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 often on the upbeat, but not always. 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.

If you are being challenged by crosspicking, this song will be hard for you at first. It is however an excellent song with which learn crosspicking and you will get much satisfaction once you master it. If you need help click the link above on Learning How to Crosspick.

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.

Each quarter note = one beat in the measure so there are 4 quarter notes in just about every measure.

Although this song is tabbed in the key of G major, it is most often played in the key of A Major. Therefore use a Capo on the second fret and play it in G and you will be playing automatically in A. With a Capo on the Second Fret, it tends to play a bit easier also, since the frets are closer together. Watch for this technique a lot in flatpick guitar pieces.

Eighth of January Intermediate Tab
Memorize Your Ultimate 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.

Eighth of January Intermediate Tab 1 - (Click on Tab to Get Guitar Pro File)
Eighth of January Tab