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Jun 21, 2021 - 9:42:24 AM
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3602 posts since 7/12/2006

Ralph just burns the heck outta this one. At 75%speed its more like akin to Earls version. But Ralph does his ownn thing when it suits him .
i tabbed out his entire first break, then most of his second break ,stopping after the syncopated bends he does.
in the first break you can do the 2-4 slides with or without the accompanying open second string ,whichever works best for you. Ralph does either or in other tunes and i thought i heard it done either or in this recording. in line 4 of page 1 im sure i heard 2 successive notes at the 5th fret of 2nd string. if it dont feel right to you, do it a different way. im all about whatever works for you.
Now you all bear with me on page 3 ,his second break. i swear the only way it made sense to me was to change the time signature . some 3/4 time and 2/4 time . just watch for the changes. if im not correct on this someone please steer me right. its the only way the tab made sense to me .Those pinches with the 2-3 thing ,you actually choke that third string to get the 3rd fret sound. it may not be the proper way to tab it ,symbol wise, but its just my quirky way, just like ralphs playing is quirky sometimes. im adding the youtube link. youtube has a slow speed setting so you can slow it down real good to follow the tab. i did my bestest. you do yours.

Jun 21, 2021 - 10:06:38 AM
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915 posts since 8/9/2019

Ralph is so much fun to play cause he really plays it like he feels it. No matter how strange the fingerings may become.

Thanks for posting this! I'll be learning it.

Jun 21, 2021 - 10:33:10 AM
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3602 posts since 7/12/2006

Even if you cant get it up to warp speed like ralph does, it still sounds good. At slower speeds youll hear ralphs quirks better

Jun 27, 2021 - 1:08:42 AM

477 posts since 12/29/2011

Awesome - thanks Gary! That's one of my favourite Ralph tunes...

If you haven't heard the SB's 1961 Antioch College version of Cripple Creek/Cumberland Gap it's well worth a listen (

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