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Beaumont Rag

Lesson ID: A0147

Beaumont Rag” is a swingy flatpicking guitar standard that originated as a fiddle tune near Beaumont, Texas. The exact origins are unknown, but many believe it was composed by a fiddler in Smith’s Garage Fiddle Band named Samuel Peacock. It was first recorded by Smith’s Garage Fiddle Band in 1928, and since then, it has become one of the most recorded ragtime tunes by country fiddlers across the world. Today, “Beaumont Rag” is a popular bluegrass standard for flatpicking guitarists.

In this guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play a traditional flatpicking break for “Beaumont Rag”. This arrangement will really help you work on your crosspicking and right hand pick control. When you play it at a slow speed, it’s a great song for beginner guitarists to learn, and when you speed it up, it’ll get pretty technical for the more advanced pickers. Download “Beaumont Rag” guitar tablature below the video.

Lesson Overview

Playthrough with Tablature

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Video 1 – Learn the A Part

Video 2 – Learn the B Part

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Optional Ending

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Backing Track

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Justin
Justin(@infoyounggloves-co-uk)
4 years ago
Reply to  Devin

One of my favourites, can’t wait to get learning this one.
Great job again

Alan
Alan(@alan)
4 years ago

Hi Devin!
This is at the top of my favorites, just AWESOME. Starting on it tonight! Thanks for helping keep these classics tunes alive, and also your play with tab videos like this are always most helpful to me. Learning a lot here. Thanks!!

Ron
Ron(@ron)
4 years ago

This is excellent, thanks Devin! Very nice lesson

emmanuel.ouellet
emmanuel.ouellet(@emmanuel-ouellethotmail-com)
4 years ago

Another great lesson from the best country and bluegrass teacher! Thanks Devin!!

John
John(@johnmyhandymangmail-com)
4 years ago

Thanks Devin! just watched it and excited to give this a go ,, certainly going to enjoy this lesson!

John
John(@johnmyhandymangmail-com)
4 years ago

This is incredibly fun, has me smiling with mug of morning Joe, Sunday rainy chilly here NY metro area.. I tell you Devin , half way through but need to take this baby steps,, lot here on the plate as you say! i BEEN TRYING TO SHARE my completes/YouTube videos on Brian;s site but Bryce his moderator asked me not to advertise other pay sites understandably within members premium forum.. But I still play and post these terrific must know classic fiddle tunes under the forum thread( share music/songs/links) on Brian’s active Melody site..One thing I’m discovering is these flat-picking… Read more »

Scott
Scott(@scottlathanicloud-com)
4 years ago
Reply to  Devin

I’m new to these guys, WOW!

John
John(@johnmyhandymangmail-com)
4 years ago
Reply to  Scott

yes talented for sure! I am beginning to get into more Devin tutorials,, this is probably basic beginner stuff to these guys,, most the stuff/genre here is new to me,, So I enjoy learning any the lessons here!

Scot
Scot (@guest_1353)
4 years ago
Reply to  Devin

I often think about learning more instruments and then I realize I still need to learn to play guitar better. Though I’m not a performer so I suppose it wouldn’t hurt to dabble into other stuff here at the house. It’s strictly for my own entertainment anyhow. I’d like to learn keyboard/digital piano if I do. Sounds so nice with guitar, Brian is a good example with the backing he does for his tracks.

Scott
Scott(@scottlathanicloud-com)
4 years ago
Reply to  John

John, funny you mention Brian’s site. I go between here and there myself. Love Blues and he sure can teach a variety of Blues. And Devin in a league of his own for Country/Bluegrass. I’m getting back in here now after a little hiatus.

John
John(@johnmyhandymangmail-com)
4 years ago
Reply to  Scott

Scott both sites are great to bounce back and forth..I recently been enjoying Devins site,,but do practice both and try to keep up with both sites! enjoy!

Scott
Scott (@guest_1354)
4 years ago
Reply to  John

I hear ya bro, this Bluegrass stuff is rather addictive. I find myself humming fiddle tunes when I’m not playing.

Richard
Richard(@richard)
4 years ago

Once again Devin , a true top tier lesson !!!