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

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Flatpicking Solo 1

Video 1 – Playthrough with Tablature

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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

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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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Rhythm Guitar

Video in production. Coming soon!

Backing Track

Devin is recording his backing track later this week. In the meantime, you can practice with this track brought to you by BBT Bluegrass Backing Tracks.

Salt Creek - bluegrass backing track