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Jerusalem Ridge

Lesson ID: A0190

In this guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play a flatpicking guitar arrangement that goes along with the old classic bluegrass fiddle tune “Jerusalem Ridge” by Kenny Baker and Bill Monroe. This is a catchy flatpicking guitar arrangement that will help you work on your pick control and timing. We’ll begin by covering an intro for this song, and then we’ll go over the four main melodies in this song (A Part, B Part, C Part, and D Part). Download the guitar tablature below the lesson video.

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Jean Galou
Jean Galou(@galou)
5 months ago
Reply to  Devin

Hi devin! thanks for this lesson! great song! the playtrough is not in shuffle?

jrick92
jrick92(@jrick92)
2 years ago

This one looks like a lot of fun. It should help a lot on timing. I can use that.

jerseychicadee
jerseychicadee(@jerseychicadee)
2 years ago

I likely!

jerseychicadee
jerseychicadee(@jerseychicadee)
2 years ago

First play through I kept up pretty good so I have hope!!

zornjohn
zornjohn(@zornjohn)
2 years ago

One of my favorite flatpicking tunes. Me and my cousin always argue over who did it better, Norman Blake or Tony Rice (on their solo album versions, I’m sure at some point they did it together?) in any case, great tune

dom
dom(@dom)
2 years ago

Like the look _ and sound_ of this one. Thanks Devin.

dom
dom(@dom)
2 years ago

Just did my first run through and like it a lot. Btw, what Martin is that Devin? Really like the dark sunburst finish on the top.

jerseychicadee
jerseychicadee(@jerseychicadee)
2 years ago

I do very good until it’s time to move up to the 5 th fret. I’m so stuck at the 3rd fret. I can do it but I still have to slow it down and psych myself up for that big jump! Lol. I’m shocked I can keep up, even speed it up a little until ‘that’ part. Lol

Dan
Dan(@dan)
2 years ago

Awesome arrangement! Thanks so much Devin for putting this together.

Dan
Dan(@dan)
2 years ago

Hey Devin, thanks for adding the backing track!

sandro donda
sandro donda(@sandro-donda)
2 years ago

great Devin ! I follow some lesson on youtube and now finally I’m subscribe here. Thanks
for Your work , very helpful and kindly way to teach.

Kate
Kate(@kate)
2 years ago

Hey Devin, I’ve been working on this since you posted and I couldn’t figure why I often stumbled at measures 59 and 72 – felt like my ring finger was always left in the wrong position. I finally thought to check the breakdown for some Devin tips and realise you say to hammer-on from 1st to 2nd fret, but on the tab it’s shows a slide? Really loving this lesson though, weirdly Jerusalem ridge has never been a favourite tune of mine but I’ve really grown to love it over the last week or so. Great fun to play along… Read more »

Last edited 2 years ago by Kate
Jeff Greene
Jeff Greene(@jgreene)
2 years ago

Thanks for this lesson. This one is a lot of fun!

jerseychicadee
jerseychicadee(@jerseychicadee)
1 year ago

I was sitting in Guitar Center playing this song on a Martin. I felt so accomplished!

Stephen
Stephen(@griffs-bluegrass)
1 year ago
Reply to  jerseychicadee

Ha thats unreal, I was at the vintage guitar shop in Bath and did the same.

Mike Bennett
Mike Bennett(@mikemike0930)
1 year ago

Thanks for the lesson. It took me a while but I got it! Great song.

jerseychicadee
jerseychicadee(@jerseychicadee)
1 year ago

I’ve been playing this song repeatedly, daily, since you first posted it. I can play it from memory but still like to have the video and tabs in front of me. I still struggle to hit the 5th fret volley without looking or missing but I keep going. I enjoy your lessons because they are so clean. Frustrated by wasting countless sessions on other lesson sites. I was sitting there poised and ready to play waiting, listening to the instructor babble on about his dog, or watch him adjust his greasy hair and beard for what seemed like forever. Thanks… Read more »

Aleksander Freberg
Aleksander Freberg(@drnovak)
1 year ago
Reply to  jerseychicadee

I guess you are referring to the 5th fret 3rd string on Bar #58? I just do the 1st fret 2nd string instead, sounds just as good and makes it easier 🙂 Awesome lesson, love this tune!

jerseychicadee
jerseychicadee(@jerseychicadee)
1 year ago

I’ve gotten much much better on this one. Completely memorized. I can play it fast but not as fast as Devin! When I try to play it that fast it isn’t fun to play (for me). Even players like Molly Tuttle, I like to hear them play but I don’t like to watch them. I’d rather just see their fingers move on the fretboard. Always trying to get their fingerings down.

blurgh
blurgh(@blurghgmail-com)
1 year ago

Is there a tab for the chord strumming pattern in the backing track? it varies a lot.

winstonaware
winstonaware(@winstonawaregmail-com)
1 year ago

Really enjoying this one. Thanks Devin!

jerseychicadee
jerseychicadee(@jerseychicadee)
1 year ago

I can’t believe I’ve been working on this song for a year now!!! I started VERY slow. Gradually working on pick stroke and fretting clean. Got it memorized and faster. Increased speed on the video until I can play it at the 1.5 speed. Then I started trying to play with Devin on the overview adjusting the speed from 0.7 up to 1.0. Sounds like a completely different tune now. Lately I’ve started trying to keep up with some You Tube videos of the song. Do okay but prefer to play with Devin’s videos. (I’m jaded). Lately I’ve been practicing… Read more »

Jean Galou
Jean Galou(@galou)
5 months ago

Love to play it with the playback!