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Gold Rush Intermediate Tab - Flatpick Guitar Tab

Gold Rush Intermediate Tab, Flatpick Guitar Tab by Tony Rice, arrangement by Ultimate Guitar Online

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Gold Rush Intermediate Tab:

Gold Rush is a blazing fast song that I first heard Tony Rice play. The three tabs transcribed here are played at a fast past (about 240 bpm). If you listen to Tony play his breaks on the CD below, you will hear a lot of jazz and blues runs. Unfortunately that is not captured in this version of the Tabs. If I get time I will transcribe at least one of his breaks to give you an idea of the complexities of his style. I will make you humble very quickly.

True Bluegrass InstrumentalsUnit of Measure by Tony Rice is a fabulous CD to have in your collection you will find some of the best of Tony in this CD, including the cut Gold Rush, which I am featuring here. Not only is this CD a pleasure to listen to, you will find that you are constantly asking yourself -'how does he do that'. The other musicians are equally incredible on these cuts.

Manzanita (1st Variation), House of the Rising Sun, Shenandoah, Gold Rush, Beaumont Rag, Swing 42, An Olde Irish Aire (Danny Boy), Jerusalem Ridge, Sally Goodin

Gold Rush Intermediate Tab
This lesson is available in the following formats:

Gold Rush Intermediate Tab - Guitar Pro File - Note: This is a free download for you!

Gold Rush Intermediate 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.

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 have three versions of Gold Rush TAB available.

Gold Rush Intermediate Tab
Beginner Tab:

Gold Rush Beginner Tab - The First Break: Do you have your crosspicking hat on? If not you will have some problems with this beginner version, and even more so, with the other 2 breaks. Go through all of the eighth notes very slowly and watch your down-up strokes very closely.

The link to the beginner version is: Gold Rush Beginner Tab.

Gold Rush Intermediate Tab
Intermediate Tab:

Gold Rush Intermediate Tab - The Second Break: I have definitely shifted it into second gear, or maybe even third here. You will see that there are a lot of double stops (double notes) and tons of ornamentals used on this version of Gold Rush. This one is really fun to play once you nail these complex parts. You will sound like a flatpickin' genius for sure.

The link to the intermediate version is: Gold Rush Intermediate Tab.

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Gold Rush Intermediate Tab
Advanced Tab:

Gold Rush Advanced Tab - The Third Break: Take a deep breath before you play this one! I've thrown in everything or have gone 'all in' and you will see what I mean. Tons of cross-picking and ornamentals, blues runs, melodic runs using fingered notes up the neck along with open strings (I love that sound). When you play melodic it is of utmost important that you let the open strings ring while you play the fingered notes. This give the harp-like sound to the break. Very Cool! Not quite a Tony Rice blazing blues break, but it does sound great.

The link to the Advanced version is: Gold Rush Advanced Tab.

Gold Rush Intermediate Tab
Guitar Tab Notes on the lesson:

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Gold Rush 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.

Watch your left hand fingering very closely. All the fingering numbers are shown adjacent to the note head in the notation staff.

Start slowly and gradually work up to speed. Learn this 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 210 to 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.

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

Gold Rush 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.

Gold Rush Intermediate Tab 1 - (Click on Tab to Get Guitar Pro File)
Gold Rush Intermediate Tab
Gold Rush Intermediate Tab 2 - (Click on Tab to Get Guitar Pro File)
Gold Rush Intermediate Tab