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Now it's time to play through this whole song up to speed. Remember that it's never a bad idea to just watch and listen many times before you start playing along yourself. Here it goes.

I hope you've had a ton of fun with this classic song, but I'm fairly sure it was also very challenging. And that's very interesting, because compared to the speeds you hear in rock and fusion music, a song like this should be a piece of cake. But what makes it so tricky is that

1) It's all acoustic and there's no distortion, reverb or delay to help with anything.

2) It's fast the whole way through and there's no drummer to keep the beat going while we take a break.

3) It's a constant combination of strumming and single note picking, which means that we can't just get into our electric "shred-position"- the transition between your rhythm and lead technique has to be seamless.

4) Finally that it has to sound relaxed. The only way this song feels right is if you make it sound like it's super easy. That ultimately means you have to be able to play it faster than this tempo, so that this is just a walk in the park. Obviously it takes a long time to get it there, but if you really want to be serious about having great guitar all-round technique, in my opinion there's no better place to start than right here with Black Mountain Rag.

Have fun with it!

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