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Old Grimes in the Style of Chris Eldridge

Lesson ID: A0130

“Old Grimes” has become popular at bluegrass jams largely due to Chris Eldridge and Julian Lage. I reached out to Chris and he said it’s a traditional tune that he learned from Jesse Cobb, his old bandmate in the Infamous Stringdusters, who may have learned it from Matt Combs in Nashville. In this guitar lesson, I’ll teach you the main guitar melody for “Old Grimes”. Download the tablature below the lesson video.

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Flatpicking Break

Chord Progression

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Listen to Old Grimes

Eric Moore & Friends

This is a nice version of “Old Grimes” performed by Eric Moore and his friends Mark and Bryan. Big fan of Eric’s YouTube channel — he regularly posts traditional bluegrass tunes on guitar that y’all would enjoy. Subscribe to Eric’s YouTube channel to watch more of his videos.

Audio – Chris Eldridge and Julian Lage

Practice “Old Grimes” with Chris Eldridge and Julian Lage using the embedded player from Spotify. We’d highly recommend using Spotify for online radio. If you don’t have a Spotify account, click here to sign up free with your Facebook account or with an e-mail address.

Video – Chris Eldridge and Julian Lage

Practice along with Chris Eldridge and Julian Lage in this video from Fretboard Journal. You can also download some great music from Chris Eldridge and Julian Lage here and check out their 2017 Grammy award winning album Mount Royal that features “Old Grimes”.

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

It’s like a happy pony trail in the country melody..enjoy learning it.. technical question, I’m using windows 10 and what am I to use for guitar pro file? Do I need it/missing out on something or is same as the download pdf tab sheet which is easy enough as is…? I don’t need the pro if I have the pfd tab or is it better feature? tia

cassarta11
cassarta11(@cassarta11gmail-com)
3 years ago
Reply to  Devin

Thanks Devin ..

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=pdr-D0Z4fe8

if you got Time for that one … same artist .. would be great to have a shot all together on this one ..

Martin
Martin(@martinfan)
4 years ago

Love this lesson Devin!

Jocelyn Beauregard
Jocelyn Beauregard(@jocelyn)
4 years ago

I learn a lot…thanks Devin!

erfonville
erfonville(@erfonvilleverizon-net)
4 years ago

Once again Devin, you are hitting the great ones. Thanks so much!

Alton
Alton(@alton)
4 years ago

Another fun song and perfect for my skill level. Thanks for the lesson!

John
John(@johnmyhandymangmail-com)
4 years ago

Nice peaceful backwoods kinda country tune! Real easy too! Devin how do you like the Martin D28? Really sounds superb! What string brand size and how often do you change strings and why? What is your favorite acoustic and is that the only Martin acoustic you own?

John
John(@johnmyhandymangmail-com)
4 years ago

Wow really cool rhythm section !!! I really enjoyed/enjoy this voice accompaniment with the strummig technique and you are specific and that is probably why I went premium.. but really happy you help me learn singing cause I need such voice practice! Thanks Devin great lesson good work !

John
John(@johnmyhandymangmail-com)
4 years ago

Also cool you specify the 8 bar / measure chord progression.. interesting about the 1st position A chord fingering.. i can do any them fingerings as like you tried each way but usually do fine with bar index or middle.. which ever is useful for chord progressions,, but really like all these basic teachings,, cause i feel more confident with everything you demonstrate.. getting in the habit now to singing along with the rhythm.. something I neglected too long ,,you brought it to light here again! Good teaching!

John
John(@johnmyhandymangmail-com)
4 years ago

Hey man really impressed, i enjoyed and got a lot out of this lesson,, I’ll be back,, also did recommend you on another site,, looking forward to anything you care to show next lessons! I’m happy to practice your lessons!

anthony.galligani
anthony.galligani(@anthony-galliganigmail-com)
4 years ago

I like this. Just saw Lage and Entheridge at Grey Fox. Most of there stuff is impossible to play… Would love a backing track to practice along with on this one. Thanks.

anthony.galligani
anthony.galligani(@anthony-galliganigmail-com)
4 years ago

(Eldridge…!)

flatpik tom
flatpik tom(@tomlee1958hotmail-com)
4 years ago

Hey Devin. Great tune that I had never heard. Thx for making lessons that are challenging but not overwhelming. Thx also for not charging an arm and a leg to subscribe. Ever thought of doing something in dropped D tuning?

flatpik tom
flatpik tom(@tomlee1958hotmail-com)
4 years ago
Reply to  Devin

I was thinking about Bonaparte’s Retreat. That would be great in dropped D. I didn’t know Man of Constant Sorrow was in drop D. I’m relatively new to your site. I’ll be sure to check it out. By the way, love the hat.

Ron
Ron(@ron)
4 years ago

Another great lesson! You still have the best lessons I’ve found on the web. Thanks Devin. Keep up the good work.

survivebehappy
survivebehappy(@survivebehappygmail-com)
4 years ago

Great lesson. I would love to see more of these old classics and a play along track. Thanks for all you do!

naskorhan
naskorhan(@naskorhanlive-com)
3 years ago

This is such a good lesson great job.

Bill
Bill(@bjbobspraguegmail-com)
2 years ago

Great tune! Thanks for lesson Devin.

Stephen
Stephen(@griffs-bluegrass)
2 years ago

Great lesson and a tune that to me has an Irish melody background some how. It also works well on the mandolin.

SIVAN WUNDER
SIVAN WUNDER(@swunder)
1 year ago

im really enjoying playing this but sometimes my up/down strokes are a bit different from what is laid out. how much should i try to learn the recommended way vs just letting myself do what feels right?

jerseychicadee
jerseychicadee(@jerseychicadee)
1 year ago

I’ve been working on this song this past week. I’ve become a ‘sawtooth picker’ lately. I really prefer this style at present. I was wondering if you could edit the introduction you do to the 1:05 mark so it is just the play through. I set the A/B but every time I leave the page I have to reset the the looper. It’s not vital just a PIA while practicing. I love the looper.