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Foggy Mountain Banjo Project Part 6 -- Cumberland Gap

Posted by bellf on Sunday, July 1, 2018

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This is the June edition of my Foggy Mountain Banjo Project.

I learned the main part of this tune by ear from listening to both Earl Scruggs's recording and Bennett Sullivan's slowed down version. I found the various up the neck breaks a little tricky to figure out by ear, so I consulted the Scruggs book for those parts. I also got some help from Tony Trischka for the timing of the brush or thumb rake -- I had a bit trouble with that. 

I tried to work out some of the back up from the Scruggs recording, and I put a bit of this in too. Some of the back up is my own take, and some of it is my attempt at copying Earl.

This is the first time I recorded one of these Foggy Mountain Banjo tunes in one take, so I'm happy about that.

Last time I said I'd do Little Darlin' Pal of Mine, but I changed my mind and did Cumberland Gap. So Little Darlin' Pal of Mine is next month's tune.

2 comments on “Foggy Mountain Banjo Project Part 6 -- Cumberland Gap”

WayneConrad Says:
Sunday, July 1, 2018 @5:51:52 PM

One take, nice! I've never recorded anything in one take. You're getting pretty consistent if you can do it in one take.

I think your playing is really good. Thanks for sharing it!

bellf Says:
Monday, July 2, 2018 @12:42:00 AM

Thanks so much Wayne. I think there’s a lot of value in giving yourself a fixed amount of time to learn something before recording and posting it. Also, doing this each month has helped me find time to practice.

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