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Wabash Cannonball

Lesson ID: A0125

“Wabash Cannonball” is a traditional American folk song that was originally published to sheet music in 1882 under the title “The Great Rock Island Route” written by J. A. Roff. The song was later rewritten under the title “Wabash Cannonball” in 1904 by William Kindt. In this guitar lesson, we’ll show you the chords and lyrics to “Wabash Cannonball” along with two full-length guitar solos. The first guitar solo incorporates a lot of the song’s melody line notes and the second solo is loaded with bluegrass flatpicking licks.

Lesson Overview

Melodic Solo

Bluegrass Flatpicking Solo

Rhythm Breakdown

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michaelcoleman3
michaelcoleman3(@michaelcoleman3me-com)
9 months ago
Reply to  Devin

Excellent lesson – love it !

Mike, Woodstock Australia

John
John(@johnmyhandymangmail-com)
5 years ago

Devin, I like this lesson and the advanced solo licks! ty,, I like this song and your lesson too! ty

Mark
Mark (@guest_883)
5 years ago

Such a great lesson. Thanks a lot Devin!

Terry
Terry(@terry)
5 years ago

The melodic solo is just my speed. Very excellent lesson! I would say this video alone is worth signing up. Looking forward to browsing through your other lessons. Terry

Curtis
Curtis(@curtis)
4 years ago

Great lesson, love the bluegrass flatpicking solo, This one will keep me busy for a while

erfonville
erfonville(@erfonvilleverizon-net)
4 years ago

Hey Devin, you are killing it with these lessons! Keep going man. This is great stuff and a clean site!!

Alton
Alton(@alton)
4 years ago

This is the best country & bluegrass site on the web. I’m 63 trying to pick up my old acoustic once again and your lessons make it easy and fun. Keep up the fantastic work.

naskorhan
naskorhan(@naskorhanlive-com)
3 years ago

man i really like the bluegrass lick version of ” Wabash cannonball” i’m playing till my fingers fall off. Thanks again Devin.

Jocelyn
Jocelyn(@jocelyn)
3 years ago

The rhytmn breakdown is very well explain and the so beautiful, thanks Devin!

smithjen
smithjen(@smithjencharter-net)
3 years ago

Very nice lesson! I would like it if you did more train songs like “Freight train boogie” and “Hobo Heaven”, and other boxcar Willie songs.

John
John(@wjssavhotmail-co-uk)
1 year ago

Great lesson.