I'm Shipping Up to Boston (Lead)

Animated I'm Shipping Up to Boston (Lead) tab by Dropkick Murphys on guitar. So easy you'll be playing in minutes.

We've taken the banjo / accordion jig melodies and transcribed them here for lead guitar. Because they're cool and good practice too.

Irish jig melodies are generally played fast. Get them right slowly and speeding them up is just an issue of practice. In this song there are only a few licks to learn:

Intro: It begins by playing the tail end of the main verse jig melody once. Then proceed to play the main verse normally. Repeat.

Next, switch to a higher variation of the melody at fret 12.

The verse simply cycles between these 2 melodies. These melodies are very likely to stick in your head quickly, which is excellent for practice. The picking is constant down / up strokes, except for the occasional string swap (when you move from one string to another it is sometimes more convenient to continue the same stroke from the previous string and then continue alternate picking). You can use alternate picking, or continue the stroke, it really comes down to personal preference. Experiment with both and use whichever suits your personal style best.

Choruses - Compared to the previous melodies, this is simple stuff. It just cycles through the same 3-4 notes, which follow the chords played by the rhythm guitar. The picking hand uses a traditional Irish rhythm style. That means throwing in triplets and getting fast little rhythmic effects, like here. You don't have to do this, and can just alternate pick if you prefer. It just adds a nice Irish flavour to the tune if you do.

The rest of the song is simply more repeats of these melodies. For the Outro play the first melody once more and slow it down at the end. Use very fast alternate picking on the last 2 notes.

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