This is a great version of this parking lot favorite in the key of “C.” I especially like the B part, where we learn some really cool crosspicking licks that can be used in other songs as well!
I just learned this yesterday, and I can play along with the full speed backing track, mostly. I can very cleanly play with the 180 bpm track. This is a fun tune! Surprisingly (or not) the crosspicking licks in the B part were the easiest part of the song for me, they flow off my pick smoothly. This seems to be one of the easier advanced arrangements you make.
Loving your site, Ben! Absolutely the best. I have joined with the free membership just for now, but once I have learned the three songs (one I already know, but I want to compare how it feels to play your version) I will be continuing either on an ad hoc basis or as a member. Thanks again for your great work.
Best laugh of the day is the looming Banjo Ben wig in the background awaiting the next funny sketch.
Nah, that’s what @BanjoBen bagged on his last hunting trip.
I noticed Billy Strings has a different technique for the crosspicking rolls. Instead of a down-up-down picking pattern, he uses a down-down-up picking pattern.
Check out the YouTube video of him doing Beaumont Rag.
I even cued it up to 2:28. Slow it to half speed or 25% speed. You’ll see it. Interesting stuff.
There’s been a lot of debate about that over the years. Logically, I see the speed advantage to down down up, but my pick refuses to cooperate at more than a snail’s pace.