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Whiskey Before Breakfast Intermediate Tab

Whiskey Before Breakfast Intermediate Tab, by The Norman Blake at Ultimate-Guitar-Online.Com, arrangement by Ultimate Guitar Online

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Whiskey Before Breakfast Intermediate Tab:

In this lesson of Guitar Tabs from Ultimate Guitar OnLine we will explore another of the most popular Acoustic Guitar Solos. Whiskey Before Breakfast - One of Norman Blake's most popular songs. We have arranged and intermediate version here. Also since this song is typically played in D major, this version is played in C major with a capo on the 2nd fret, bringing it to D major. We will also offer an arrangement in drop-D tuning, where it is played in open D without a cape - very interesting and beautiful sounding. Watch for that arrangement shortly.

True Bluegrass InstrumentalsNorman Blake's CD Whiskey Before Breakfast: Norman is one of the most fasinating and talented guitar players out there. This was the first flatpicking guitar album that I purchased and I still love it and play the songs constantly.

Other songs include: Hand Me Down My Walking Cane; Under the Double Eagle; Six White Horses; Salt River; Old Grey Mare; Down At Mylow's House; Sleepy Eyed Joe/ Indian Creek; Arkansas Traveler; The Girl I Left in Sunny Tennessee; The Minstrel Boy to the War Has Gone / The Ash Grove; Church St. Blues; Macon Rag; Fiddler's Dram / Whiskey Before Breakfast; Slow Train Through Georgia.

Whiskey Before Breakfast Intermediate Tab
This lesson is available in the following formats:

    Whiskey Before Breakfast Intermediate Tab - Guitar Pro File - Note: This is a free download for you!

    Whiskey Before Breakfast 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.

Whiskey Before Breakfast Intermediate Tab
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. Otherwise will be give you hints along the way by hovering your mouse over certain keywords in this text.

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

Whiskey Before Breakfast Intermediate Tab
The First Break:

Whiskey Before Breakfast Beginner Tab - The First Break: You beginners and intermediate flatpickers will love this version of Whiskey Before Breakfast Beginner Tab. There is just enough challenge here to make this break sound great and keep your interest. Play up to speed and you will have a very nice version that you would be proud to show off in any parking lot pickers gathering.

The first break here, lays down the basics to introduce you to the more advanced version, which will bring you into Norman Blake territory. Norman likes to add lead chords into the break and this break does just that.

Watch your down-ups carefully here and be aware that there is some cross-picking involved with this version, but I kept it very basic so you can ease into cross-picking and prepare yourself for the intermediate version.

The link to the Intro is: Whiskey Before Breakfast Beginner Tab.

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Whiskey Before Breakfast Intermediate Tab
The Second Break:

Whiskey Before Breakfast Intermediate Tab - The Second Break: This break steps up the difficultly over the beginner version a few notches. Basically, this version adds fill-in notes and gets you playing Whiskey Before Breakfast very similar to the way Norman Blake plays it.

A few things to watch in this break are as follows: The chord phrasing - It is critical that you maintain your chord forms throughout this breaks, but especially watch the chords in the 4th measure. The chords in measures 2, 6, 9, 10, 11, 18 and 19 all are a bit simpler, but make it rather demanding to break from the eighth notes, right into the chords. Very nice effect and a bit of a surprise in the music.

The link to the intermediate version is: Whiskey Before Breakfast Intermediate Tab.

Whiskey Before Breakfast Intermediate Tab
The Third Break:

Whiskey Before Breakfast Advanced Tab - The Third Break: This advanced break is a complete departure from the beginner and intermediate versions. This one is played in the drop 'D' tuning without a Capo, so it is still in the traditional key of D Major. While it would be difficult to play the first 2 breaks and then play this one, I find this break of great importance to introduce you into some drop D tuning breaks.

The link to the Advanced version is: Whiskey Before Breakfast Advanced Tab.

Whiskey Before Breakfast Intermediate Tab
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. Otherwise will be give you hints along the way by hovering your mouse over certain keywords in this text.

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

Whiskey Before Breakfast Intermediate Tab
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 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.

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

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.

Whiskey Before Breakfast 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.


Whiskey Before Breakfast Intermediate Tab 1 - (Click on Tab to Get Guitar Pro File) Guitar Tab - Bill Cheatham - Intermediate
Whiskey Before Breakfast Intermediate Tab 1 - (Click on Tab to Get Guitar Pro File) Guitar Tab - Bill Cheatham - Intermediate