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Colored Aristocracy (Cakewalk)

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Size: 800kb, uploaded 6/14/2015 2:50:30 PM
Genre: Bluegrass / Playing Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)

Notice the syncopation on the recording and in the companion tablature here on BHO. I played to a piano backing track so that I could put in bass movement and chords in order for the syncopated figures to be heard against the normal downbeats and strong beats. I also play this with a considerable amount of swing (bounce) which gives the tune an even more syncopated feeling. Notice the full (TIM) pinches in the B-Part. This is a cakewalk, similar to ragtime, though it could be sped up and played as a driving breakdown. Playing tip: as tempo increases, the more the bounce (degree of swing) tends to even out. The focus here is to demonstrate syncopation and accenting in Scruggs-style picking. Big thanks to Taj Mahal for this lovely tune.



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