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Foggy Mountain Banjo Project Part 9 -- Bugle Call Rag

Posted by bellf on Wednesday, October 3, 2018

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This is the September edition of my Foggy Mountain Banjo project. (A few days late again.)

I started out learning this tune by listening to Bennett Sullivan's recording. He just plays the first break and as far as I can tell it is identical to Earl Scruggs's. I then listened to Earl's recording slowed down to get a few of the other breaks. Some of this was very difficult for my ear to make sense of, so I did a few things different from Earl's playing, simply because I couldn't figure out what he was doing. I didn't consult any tablature for this one.

There are some difficult parts to this tune -- in particular I find it hard to get the fifth fret harmonics to ring nicely.

Earl plays a lot of variations on this tune, and I've only touched on a few of them here. I'll definitely be returning to this one in the future to try to learn more of Earl's techniques.

Next time I'll try Sally Goodin'.

4 comments on “Foggy Mountain Banjo Project Part 9 -- Bugle Call Rag”

Wednesday, October 3, 2018 @11:26:12 AM

Hi Bell, That was well done and very pleasant. Thanks for posting this, I am encouraged and motivated by your smooth precise playing.

bellf Says:
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 @2:49:47 PM

Thanks Alex.

WayneConrad Says:
Thursday, October 4, 2018 @7:35:31 AM

Nice picking. That was fun to listen to.

bellf Says:
Thursday, October 4, 2018 @3:08:07 PM

Thank you, Wayne.

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