Bluegrass Guitar Tabs
Bonaparte Crossing the Rocky Mountains

Bluegrass guitar tabs -- free! -- for Bonaparte Crossing the Rocky Mountains. Standard treble clef notation for fiddlers along with free guitar tablature and chord symbols. 

The video below doesn't feature a guitar player -- I couldn't find one playing Bonaparte Crossing the Rocky Mountains.  Both The Fiddler's Fakebook  and The Guitar Picker's Fakebook feature this piece:



Bluegrass tab for Bonaparte Crossing the Rocky Mountains

Download free bluegrass music Bonaparte Crossing the Rocky Mountains 

This is a good ensemble piece. It sounds like Irish fiddle music to me, and there are other tunes about Bonaparte that come from over the sea... Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine, and Bonaparte's Retreat. I think Napoleon Bonaparte only ever crossed the Rockies in someone's imagination! 

I spend a lot of time saying, TAH, tee-tee, tee-tee etc. in this piece when working with young students who don't read rhythms easily.  But they begin to interpret the quarter and eighth notes well after a few weeks of this song.

This piece fits nicely in the left hand, and only strays away from "first position" when the melody climbs to high A... That requires the use of the little finger, and it is good for students to get that finger accustomed to slapping down on the 5th fret!

Here is the very same arrangement, but spread over two pages to make it easier to read. 

Bonaparte Crossing the Rocky Mountains guitar & fiddle tabs


Guitar and fiddle sheet music from The Fiddler's Fakebook


Download bluegrass sheet music Bonaparte Crossing the Rocky Mountains in two pages 


Like Devil's Dream, this flatpicking tune has a melody made up almost entirely of eighth notes.

Your students who are new to flatpicking melodies may struggle initially with the "down,up,down,up" motion of the pick. I like to get my students used to this technique by doing fret-by-fret scales up the neck of the guitar from string 6 to string 1, going "down, up" on each fret.

I play along with them, singing the notes like this to correspond to frets (or no frets): "Open, open; one, one; two, two; three, three; four, four; open-open (that's the next string)," etc. Then, with my eyes watching their pick hand, I'll switch to singing, "Down, up; down, up..." Sometime we try it with a metronome to even out their strokes, and I'll assign metronome work at home, too.

Enjoy this beautiful, rhythmic guitar and fiddle music! 




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