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Discuss the Guitar lesson: Beaumont Rag

https://banjobenclark.com/lessons/beaumont-rag-guitar

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.
Thanks!

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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.

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Best laugh of the day is the looming Banjo Ben wig in the background awaiting the next funny sketch. :rofl:

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Hahaha!

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Nah, that’s what @BanjoBen bagged on his last hunting trip. :cowboy_hat_face:

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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.

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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.

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