Billy Strings is part of a new generation of flatpickers that are taking bluegrass guitar to the next level. His personal style isn’t for everyone, as can be seen in every bluegrass guitar forum argument of the last 6 months. I’ve previously covered Billy’s playing on Dust In A Baggie, While I’m Waiting Here, Tennessee Stud, I’m A Lonesome Fugitive, and Cocaine Blues. In the future I’ll get to other hits like Slow Train, I promise (yes, the one in the van). I do find it interesting that in a scene flooded with Tony Rice imitators that the most popular flatpicker right now is Billy Strings, who is very influenced by Doc Watson! Big thanks to Luke Black for being a monster and transcribing this break and playing it faster than I can on Instagram.
(Advanced guitar tabs generally include a very ornamented version of the melody, chord markings above (with extra extensions and variations), kick-offs, tags, and improvisation that drifts far from the melody at hand. Expect to come across hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides and more in all kinds of combinations as well as syncopation, triplets and other rhythmic challenges. These tabs are excellent if you want to get inside the head of another improviser and explore the choices that an advanced flatpicker might consider.)