Marty Robbins – El Paso (Instrumental Tab)

Marty Robbins – El Paso (Instrumental Tab)

Following on from Take My True Love… with another tune from the closing stages of Breaking Bad. This time an instrumental version of Marty Robbins’ El Paso from Felina.

This piece – while not really bad – is a challenge. I’ve slowed it down slightly from the original version to make it more playable.

There’s a bit of a mishmash of picking techniques. Mostly it’s one finger per string with some supporting strums. But I switch to thumb and two fingers in the sections where the g-string isn’t played.

The other technique I use is the roll strum. I use that in bar 9.

The Trickiest Bit

The run in the bar three is very difficult. The first part is played campanella style. That gives you two open strings during which you can move from the first position up so your middle finger is playing the note at the sixth fret.

Easy Version

Marty Robbins – El Paso (Easy Tab)

Here’s a much more straight forward version without the intro and just playing the melody.


Buy the original on iTunes
Limeliters – Take My True Love (Chords)
Breaking Bad theme tab

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  1. Ron Hale October 24th, 2013 6:42 pm

    No cowboy hats in Old Blighty, Al? Chaps? Spurs?

    “One little kiss and Felina… good-bye.”
    Gets me every time. Tearing up as I type.

    Like I’m the only one.

  2. Woodshed October 24th, 2013 7:50 pm

    Ron: Strictly flat caps around these parts.

  3. RobNY October 25th, 2013 12:54 am

    Very nice Al. Check out the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir version

  4. Woodshed October 25th, 2013 6:59 am

    Rob: Thanks. I will do.

  5. Ronaldo October 26th, 2013 3:19 am

    My Grandparents had that Marty Robbins album in their collection and I’ve loved that song for forty years. Excellent choice!

  6. Woodshed October 26th, 2013 3:03 pm

    Ronaldo: Glad you enjoyed it.

  7. Myke October 27th, 2013 6:33 pm

    I’ve always been taken by the Steve Martin video of the song.

  8. Harry January 3rd, 2016 10:32 am

    Got moustache hat and grey hair wish I could play like you great music

  9. Woodshed January 4th, 2016 7:26 pm

    Harry: Those are essential ingredients so you’re off to a good start!

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