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Gold Rush in the Style of Tony Rice

Lesson ID: A0105
Capo 2nd Fret – Key of A

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!

Lesson Overview

Playthrough with Tablature

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

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min How to Use the Jam Along Tracks
01:52 min Rhythm Backing Track – Slow Speed
05:04 min Rhythm Backing Track – Medium Speed
07:11 min Rhythm Backing Track – Fast Speed

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Gary
Gary (@guest_475)
6 years ago

Amazing, thanks Devin! Can’t wait to start learning this one tonight.

Scott Jackson
Scott Jackson(@ibpickin)
6 years ago

whoa..love it!!..thanks..

Randy Keizer
Randy Keizer(@randy)
6 years ago

Wow! another great lesson Devin. Looks like I’ll be doing some picking this weekend.

Mark
Mark (@guest_479)
6 years ago

fantastic lesson

Freddy
Freddy (@guest_482)
6 years ago

nice website you have here. I’m checking out the lessons now and I’m very impressed with your teaching style. Professional website and great all around. I will be joining tonight after work. Keep up the good work!

Ron
Ron(@ron)
5 years ago

Really great lesson!!

Curtis
Curtis(@curtis)
5 years ago

Fun tune. I’ll be hopping on this one next after the Shady Grove lesson. I’m really enjoying the bluegrass song lessons. Thanks for all the great work.

Ron
Ron(@ron)
5 years ago

Hey Devin – When you have time, could you upload a lesson on Wayfaring Stranger? It’s always been a favorite song of mine.

Here’s an idea of what I am after:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLXip9xk9q0

I would be very grateful. Thank you!

Ron

martinman54
martinman54(@martinman54yahoo-com)
4 years ago

Awesome!

bdalton1
bdalton1(@bdalton1rogers-com)
3 years ago

Devin, I attended my first bluegrass jam March 19 and one of the songs played was Gold Rush. I did not know the song, came home and looked up your lessons …. Now I will be ready next week. Your site is a fantastic resource. Learning is one aspect but putting the lessons into practice is so valuable.

Thankx

Joseph
Joseph(@josephmanguiano1gmail-com)
3 years ago

Very nice tune once you get it up to speed. Awesome teaching. Very useful jam track. Thanks Devin!