I'm a big fan of split breaks, kickoffs, leads, endings, and this is a great example of a short break
from Volume 4 of "The Bluegrass Album Band". I tabbed this out by request and now I'm glad
I did it. You have to listen to this break explode into existence from the first 2-3 notes to really
appreciate it. Tablature does not do it justice. The very first note played at the 7th fret is interesting.
How does Tony get that sound at the start? Well, if you play that first note then lift your finger from
the fretboard you will hear the note continue, as this is a harmonic. Just another tidbit that makes his
playing so dynamic. Also pay close attention to the rests and pauses and the accents placed on
syncopated notes. Many of Rice's breaks are improvised, but I do not believe this one is. I think
Tony put some thought into specific notes to be played in this solo.
Listen to MIDI