Watch the Alabama Jubilee online guitar lesson by Brooks Robertson from Essentials: Boom-Chick Fingerstyle Etudes
"Alabama Jubilee" is another classic tune to add to your repertoire. This was one of the first songs I learned from Buster B. Jones after I'd been playing fingerstyle for roughly one year. Similarly to the arrangement Buster used to play, we'll be playing this tune in the key of E Major and will focus on the chorus only. The song was composed by George L. Cobb and Jack Yellen, published in 1915. It has been recorded by many great fingerstyle artists such as Chet Atkins, Doc Watson, Jerry Reed, Leon Redbone, Nokie Edwards, and Buster B. Jones. Listening to the arrangements that these guitar greats have recorded would be a good study and resource for adding more ideas into your own arrangement.
Continuing our trend, we'll incorporate the banjo roll technique into our arsenal of basic techniques, maintaining steady boom-chick thumb rotation, muting the bass strings with the palm of the hand, and playing chords in multiple positions on the neck to accommodate the use of open strings and melody.