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Bruce G - Posted - 04/01/2012:  08:27:11



I asked this before and 198 members looked at it but no one has the answer. I am trying to find the banjo tabs for Blue Kentucky Girl. Looking for the version sung by Loretta Lynn with Harold Morrison on the banjo.



It doesn't seem to exist. I have asked local pickers, pickers at bluegrass festivals and even a couple instructors. It sounds like a simple tune so not sure what the big secret is. Any ideas would be appreciated.  


janolov - Posted - 04/01/2012:  09:14:12



Why not start with the chords:



Blue Kentucky Girl
recorded by Loretta Lynn
written by Johnny Mullins
 
C F C
You left me for the bright lights of the town
D7 G G7
A country boy set out to see the world
C F C
Remember when those city lights shine down
D7 G7 C
That big old moon shines on your Kentucky girl

F C
I swear I love you by the moon above you
D7 G G7
How bright is it shinin in your world
C F C
Some mornings when you wake up all alone
D7 G7 C
Just come on home to your blue Kentucky girl

F C
Don't wait to bring great riches home to me
D7 G G7
I need no diamond rings or fancy pearls
C F C
Just bring yourself you're all Ill ever need
D7 G7 C
That's good enough for this blue Kentucky girl

F C
I swear I love you by the moon above you
D7 G G7
How bright is it shinin in your world
C F C
Some mornings when you wake up all alone
D7 G7 C
Just come on home to your blue Kentucky girl




 


banjomaw63 - Posted - 04/01/2012:  09:28:09



Former Hangout Member, BanjoTom2 did a nice, multistyle arrangement featuring the melody that Emmy Lou Harris sang in her orginal version of the song.



It's what Tom calls chord-melody and Scruggs style mixed... to feature the melody that Emmy sang.



I have a Tabledited copy, but Tom has not authorized me to distribute it... nor will I do so without his permission.



Tom's arrangement is in the key of G and is fairly simple, meaning mostly open position with a few, small excursions up the neck.



I've played it decently and I'm not an overly experienced player...



It's probably equal in difficulty to Banjo in the Holler by Doug Dillard or maybe Cripple Creek by Earl Scruggs.



The chord progression is mostly 1, 4 and 5 similar to so many bluegrass, country and folk genre tunes.



I just looked at it... It's in G, but has a C6 (m7) chord, an A chord, G, C and D... and one of Tom's D-DM7-D7 chord transition moves...



I guess that means it's really not much different than Jingle Bells... chord-structure-wise...



You can find the lyrics for Emmy's tunes on cowboylyrics.com



The chords really are easy.



I don't know if the tune is on tom's web site, I'll ask him when he comes back in the apartment.



If you like, I'll ask him to post it on his site as a MIDI and you can determine if it's what you're looking for.



If so, Tom's site accepts Paypal and most arrangements are in the $3.00 range, and e-mailable immediately since he's here (or will be shortly).



I sent him out with the trash and to wash the car... he should be back in a little bit...



Just type 'banjotom2' into any google browser and you'll find his site.



I'll double check to see if Emmy's tab is up there.



Jackie



Marketing Coordinator, BanjoTom2 Enterprises


Don Shriner - Posted - 04/01/2012:  10:03:34


I always played in the key of G. I hear a I-VI-II7-V-V7 in the second line of the verse and chorus, and also last line of verse and chorus resolved.(that is just what I hear) I love Lorettas version, she is a treasure. Look for the melody inside the chords. It's all in there. If you are interested, I would chart it out for you, but I can't give you a definitive way to play it. I have never played things the same way twice, unless by accident.



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