Red Haired Boy (Intermediate)

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Red Haired Boy (Intermediate)

Red Haired Boy is a jam standard and there’s no shortage of arrangements. I myself have done a beginner arrangement of the basic melody and an advanced arrangement in a different tuning. This arrangement may be labelled intermediate but it is not for the feint of heart. It is a single break that sticks to the melody with tag but the techniques used with in are difficult to say the least. You’ll find a healthy amount of flatpicking, crosspicking, floating, harmonics, bluesy passages and up the neck solutions for the original melody. The tag features several clever quotes of the A part, a Tony Rice style chord interjection, harmonics and the use of a closed position up the neck major scale. I know, too good to be true. I recommend this tab to the intermediate player ready to move on to advanced contest style arrangements.

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Information on Red Haired Boy courtesy of The Traditional Tune Archive.

Red Haired Boy is a jam standard and there’s no shortage of arrangements. I myself have done a beginner arrangement of the basic melody and an advanced arrangement in a different tuning. This arrangement may be labelled intermediate but it is not for the feint of heart. It is a single break that sticks to the melody with tag but the techniques used with in are difficult to say the least. You’ll find a healthy amount of flatpicking, crosspicking, floating, harmonics, bluesy passages and up the neck solutions for the original melody. The tag features several clever quotes of the A part, a Tony Rice style chord interjection, harmonics and the use of a closed position up the neck major scale. I know, too good to be true. I recommend this tab to the intermediate player ready to move on to advanced contest style arrangements.

(Intermediate guitar tabs include an ornamented version of the melody, chord markings above, and more often than not, a kick-off and a tag. Where the beginning guitar tabs had quarter notes expect there to now be a steady stream of eighth notes! These tabs, though more difficult than the beginning tabs, do not stray far from the melody like the advanced guitar tabs. Intermediate tabs without a bluegrass kick-off or tag generally come from other traditions such as Irish Fiddle Music (Frank’s Reel) or Spanish Folk Songs (La Borrachita).)