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Red Haired Boy guitar tabs

  • Tablatures
    Guitar Red Haired Boy tab

    No Capo - Low Octave

    Tony Rice

    • Difficulty
    • Key
    • Tempo
      105 bpm
    • Tuning

    Learning to play a standard fiddle tune out of a different position with a capo, or in this case without a capo, is a great exercise. It can really help you see a familiar scale pattern in a new place on the fret board. It can also unlock brand new sounds. In this arrangement, we are getting low. Playing on the bass strings is a very cool sound, and can be very powerful. Pick a little closer to the bridge if the notes aren't cutting in a jam situation. Several of the licks here use the same notes in the main arrangement, but in a closed position. Closed position means no open strings. Most of the closed positions here will require your index finger to hang out around the second fret. We call that second position. In those situations, use your index finger for 2nd fret, middle finger for 3rd fret, ring finger for 4th fret, and use your pinky for the 5th fret. This is a big stretch, but the most important thing to reach is not stretching your wrist, hands or fingers, but adopting the correct hand position. Thumb on back of neck, elbow relaxed inwards. Pinky should be curved, and you'll end up playing with more of the side of your first finger.

  • Jam

    Tony Rice

    This is a fairly straight ahead version of Red-Haired Boy AKA Little Beggar Man. There's some nice syncopation which really helps move the melody along nicely.

  • Bluegrass

    Tony Rice

    David Grier. Nuff' Said. This is a transcription from his album "Hootenanny" which you should definitely treat yourself to. Check out the genius way he cross-picks the descending line in measure 5 for the B part. It's absolutely beautiful. Grier plays it in open G. He doesn't try to set his strings on fire and neither should you. Cross-picking is hard. Take it slow and easy. He recorded Red Haired Boy with a very laid-back feel. Go get the record and you'll see what I mean.


More about Red Haired Boy

On Tunefox, there are 3 versions of this song for you to learn. The Beginner arrangement gives you a good foundation of the verse melody. The Red Haired Boy Intermediate tab is a slidey arrangement of this song, which is a little more technically challenging and finally, the Advanced version introduces more typical bluegrass vocabulary.

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Want to practice with a band? Use the Tunefox Red Haired Boy backing tracks! These real-sounding tracks sound great and the settings will allow you to adjust the volume of the guitar, band, or metronome.

Are you looking for a way how to be more creative while playing this song? Our content creators prepared different ways to play most of the measures in all 3 variations of Red Haired Boy. We call them "licks" and you can change these by clicking on the "Original Measure" text above the measure. You can also shuffle all of the licks in the song to get a completely new arrangement.

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