Lesson 5 – Hybrid Picking Rhythm Course
Lesson ID: A0140

“Railroad Bill” is an old traditional song based on a legend about a man in south Alabama during the post-Civil War era known as Railroad Bill. Sources suggest that Railroad Bill was a “Robin Hood” type of character that would steal from food trains and sell items to poor families at below market prices. As legend has it, Railroad Bill’s ghost is still roaming the L&N Railroad tracks to this day.

This song has a great melody that we’ll play using Chet Atkins and Merle Travis style picking. This is a challenging tune, but if you relax your right hand and take it slow, everything will fall into place with a bit of practice. We’ll focus on hybrid picking in this lesson, but feel free to play these arrangements with a thumb pick or finger plucking if you find that more comfortable. Download the tablature and Guitar Pro files below the lesson video for some extra help. Hope y’all enjoy learning this one!

Lesson Overview

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    Playthrough with Tablature

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      Arrangement 1

      Video Start Time Lesson Topic
      00:00 min Arrangement 1 Preview
      00:42 min Line 1 Breakdown
      04:10 min Extra Hybrid Picking Detail
      07:36 min Line 2 Breakdown
      13:05 min Line 3 Breakdown
      15:53 min Practice with Me

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      Arrangement 2

      Video Start Time Lesson Topic
      00:00 min Arrangement 2 Preview
      00:54 min Line 1 Breakdown
      05:28 min Line 2 Breakdown
      10:21 min Line 3 Breakdown
      13:33 min Practice with Me

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      Here are some nice YouTube videos of other folks playing “Railroad Bill”…