The Gold Rush for Flatpick
Click for Oklahoma Run (Banjo)
By Chris Moreton
THIS IS ANOTHER REAL FAVOURITE at picking sessions and a beautiful fiddle
tune. The first recorded version I heard was by Johnny Whisnant, with the
tune re-titled Claim Jumper. Tony Rice also plays a super guitar version,
with his brother Wyat playing backing guitar, on his album Church Street
Gold Rush is mostly played in A (for the fiddle) so my guitar arrangement
is in standard G tuning without a capo - this allows use of the bottom E
note that other bluegrass instruments cant reach.
At the start of the Low A-part the tab shows a lead-in bar before the single
eighth-note slide in bar 1 (counting the lead-in bar as bar 0).
All other slides, etc., consist of two separate eighth notes. Get into an
A chord for the 5-note strums in bars 4, 12 and 24, and likewise in the high
The High A-part strums can be played out of this chord shape at the 9th to
12th frets, (Diagram to go in) using the index, middle, ring and pinky (little)
fingers in the positions shown. Barré the 1st, 2nd and 3rd strings
at the 9th fret as an anchor point, using the index finger; the other fingers
are then used to fret the associated melody notes.
An alternative last four bars (plus repeat) are included for the High B-Part.
Allow the middle finger to stay on the 2nd string/10th fret as an anchor
- there is no need to keep lifting it off. The Low A-part and High B-part
will be included next time.
Chris Moreton, Usk
Oklahoma Run arranged
By David Cotton
Oklahoma Run is a jolly old time tune also known as Old Purcell. Purcell
is a town in Oklahoma. The run in the title was a run to claim
land as Oklahoma became established as a state.
This piece will be found to be excellent exercise for both fingers and mind
and practising picking other than straight 8-note Bluegrass rolls. Its
in the key of C major and note that the fourth string must be tuned down
to C. The third and fourth bars give you a nice chance to try some single
string picking, alternating your right thumb and index finger. I would tend
to use my left little finger on the fourth string, 5th fret (G), then ring
finger on the 4th fret and index on the 2nd fret, but do try out the run
with different fingers and find out what suits you best.
In part 2, theres a syncopated, vaguely rag-timey influence; playing
along with a guitar will help with the timing. Note that the tie mark above
the notes in the second bar means play and hold the notes for the duration
of the tied notes. The fourth bar uses quavers and dotted crotchets. Hold
the quaver for a count of one and the dotted crotchet for a count
of two - three - four
David Cotton, Hale, Cheshire
Updated 23rd Jan 1999