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Salt Creek

Lesson ID: A0171

“Salt Creek” is a popular bluegrass flatpicking tune that you’ll hear at bluegrass jams all the time. This song was originally titled “Salt River” and it was renamed by Bill Monroe in the 1960s to honor the actual Salt Creek in Indiana near the location of Monroe’s annual Bean Blossom Festival. This song has been recorded by several bluegrass artists over the years, including Tony Rice, Doc Watson, Bill Monroe, Norman Blake, Clarence White, Billy Strings, and many others.

In this bluegrass guitar lesson, you’ll learn how to play two flatpicking guitar solo breaks for “Salt Creek”. Both of the guitar solo breaks have a ton of momentum and they are loaded with some really nice bluegrass guitar licks. First we’ll play through each of the flatpicking guitar solos with guitar tablature. Then Devin will teach you each solo line by line and he’ll give you some helpful flatpicking tips along the way. The “Salt Creek” guitar tablature is available for download below the lesson videos.

Overview

Flatpicking Solo 1

Video 1 – Playthrough with Tablature

Video 2 – Full Breakdown

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Kickoff – Measures 1 through 4
03:27 min A Part – Measures 5 through 8
08:55 min A Part – Measures 9 through 12
14:06 min A Part – Measures 13 through 16
15:52 min A Part – Measures 17 through 20
18:47 min Practice the A Part with Me
20:14 min B Part – Measures 21 through 24
25:24 min B Part – Measures 25 through 28
30:05 min B Part – Measures 29 through 32
31:42 min B Part – Measures 33 through 36
33:16 min Practice the B Part with Me

Flatpicking Solo 2

Video 1 – Playthrough with Tablature

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Video 2 – Full Breakdown

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min A Part – Measures 1 through 4
03:09 min A Part – Measures 5 through 8
08:46 min A Part – Measures 9 through 12
10:17 min A Part – Measures 13 through 16
16:01 min Practice the A Part with Me
17:30 min B Part – Measures 17 through 20
22:39 min B Part – Measures 21 through 24
27:50 min B Part – Measures 25 through 28
28:57 min B Part – Measures 29 through 32
31:37 min Practice the B Part with Me

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Chord Progression

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Backing Track

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doug.ascoli
doug.ascoli(@doug-ascoligmail-com)
1 year ago
Reply to  Devin

Thanks so much for this lesson Devin. Took me a few weeks but tonight, I finally got it all!

Jocelyn
Jocelyn(@jocelyn)
3 years ago

Beautiful one….thanks Devin!

Mark
Mark (@guest_4023309)
3 years ago

Nice arrangement!

Joseph
Joseph(@josephmanguiano1gmail-com)
3 years ago

Whoa awesome! Just wrapping up railroad Bill, and then I’ll dig into this one. Bluegrass has always been my favorite to play. Thanks Devin!

Matt Dylan
Matt Dylan(@xylin6yahoo-com)
3 years ago

Beautiful arrangement! This is fantastic!

Kate
Kate(@kate)
3 years ago

I’m so glad you chose to remake this one, I was listening to it last week and decided to make it my next project. Perfect, thanks Devin!

C White
C White(@g)
2 years ago

So glad to have come across this one!

John Eagen
John Eagen(@johneagen)
2 years ago

Could you add any of the leads from Norman Blake/Tony Rice?

Matthew Sweeney
Matthew Sweeney(@sgtsween)
2 years ago

What kind of guitar is that? Pre-War?

Matthew Sweeney
Matthew Sweeney(@sgtsween)
2 years ago
Reply to  Devin

Ahh, thanks! It’s a beautiful guitar for sure. I have a Martin DSS-17 which I absolutely love, but might look at Pre-War before going the higher end Martin route. They do look amazing. Thanks again! Love this site.

sandro donda
sandro donda(@sandro-donda)
1 year ago

Thanks Devin, I like the lesson for rithm pick strum , very usefull. I need learn many way to play different strumming for my composition, great!

Paul Young-Hyman
Paul Young-Hyman(@pauyou)
3 months ago

What a great video lesson. Ive wanted to play this a long time. Never thought I could but im making my way through and its amazing. So many great riffs and fills. Well worth the investment.