“Railroad Bill” | Etta Baker – Intermediate Fingerpicking Guitar Lesson with TAB


A look at the classic fingerpicking tune “Railroad Bill” by Etta Baker. This tune is a great example of the Piedmont blues guitar style which is characterized by fingerpicking with a regular, alternating bass pattern played with the thumb and a syncopated melody using the higher strings generally picked with the index finger.

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You’ll get streaming access to three MP4 video files, four MP3 audio practice tracks (two with metronome), one PDF tab sheet and one TEF tab file. This lesson also includes SoundSlice Player integration so you can slow down, pause and rewind the melody in real time with the tab!

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Videos (Streaming)

Part 1 – 10:29
Part 2 – 9:57
Part 3 – 8:34

PDF Tab Sheets (Streaming and Download)

– Railroad Bill.PDF

TEF Tab Files (Download)

– Railroad Bill.TEF
(Use this file with TablEdit or TEFview.)

Audio Backing Tracks (Streaming and Download)

70 BPM – 5:09
70 BPM with Metronome – 5:09
90 BPM – 5:15
90 BPM with Metronome – 5:15