Lesson ID: A0105

In this week’s guitar lesson, I’m going to teach y’all how to play the traditional bluegrass song “Gold Rush”. First, I’ll play through the entire song with tablature at three speeds. Then, I’ll break down each of the flatpicking melodies, give you some extra bluegrass flatpicking tips, and teach you all the rhythm guitar parts. After you learn the flatpicking solo break, practice it with the rhythm jam along video where I play three rhythm backing tracks at different speeds. This song will come in handy at your next bluegrass jam!

Capo 2nd Fret – Key of A

Lesson Overview

Gold Rush - Bluegrass Guitar Lesson Overview - Flatpicking and Rhythm Breakdown

Playthrough

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Playthrough with Tablature – Slow Speed
03:02 min Playthrough with Tablature – Medium Speed
04:49 min Playthrough with Tablature – Faster Speed

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Flatpicking Breakdown

Flatpicking Breakdown Videos

Watch the three videos below to learn the song kickoff and an entire flatpicking solo break of “Gold Rush”. In the first video, I’ll teach you the Kickoff and give you some extra tips on pick direction. Then I’ll show you how to play the A and B Parts in the following videos below.

Video 1 – Kickoff

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Song Structure
01:28 min Kickoff
03:43 min Flatpicking Method – Pick Direction

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Video 2 – A Part

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min A Part Structure
00:44 min A Part – Line 1
03:01 min Flatpicking Method – Bluegrass Style Pull-offs
05:35 min Practice – Kickoff through A Part Line 1
06:41 min A Part – Line 2
11:55 min Practice – Kickoff through A Part Lines 1 & 2

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Video 3 – B Part

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min B Part – Line 1
03:52 min Practice – B Part Line 1
04:40 min B Part – Line 2
07:29 min Solo Break Recap
09:07 min Looping the Break with a Turnaround
10:46 min Practice – B Part Lines 1 & 2

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Rhythm Lesson

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Song Structure
00:59 min Strumming Pattern
02:07 min A Part Chord Progression
04:11 min B Part Chord Progression
05:49 min Bluegrass Jams and Playing Your Solo Break

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Jam Track

Jam Track Video:

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min How to Use the Jam Along Tracks
01:51 min Rhythm Backing Track – Slow Speed
05:03 min Rhythm Backing Track – Medium Speed
07:10 min Rhythm Backing Track – Fast Speed

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