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Foggy Mountain Breakdown (melodic breaks)

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by MissKristen, updated: 12/24/2018
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Notes: These are a couple of original breaks for Foggy Mountain Breakdown played in melodic style. I also use measure 13 as a kickoff for melodic tunes such as Sailor's Hornpipe. The first measure or two of each break are also very useful and can be used for a lot of things. Measures 9 and 15 are a couple of melodic fills that I use very frequently. As you can see, there are a number of things that can be useful in your playing beyond just using them for Foggy Mountain Breakdown.

Star of the County Down

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: Em  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by MissKristen, updated: 1/16/2018
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Notes: This is one of my favorite traditional Irish tunes to play on the Irish tenor banjo and mandolin. I decided to create a simple melodic style arrangement of the song for five string players. The tune is played in both 6/8 and 4/4 (a particularly good version by The High Kings even switches between the two) so I included both a 6/8 and a 4/4 version. Note that both versions use the exact same notes. Only the note duration varies between the two.

The Foggy Dew

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Gm  Tuning: Sawmill (gDGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by MissKristen, updated: 1/16/2018
Download: GUITAR-PRO 5

Notes: This is a traditional Irish melody from the 1800s arranged for clawhammer style on five string banjo. The now-famous lyrics were written around 1919 by Canon Charles O’Neill and deal with the Easter Rising of 1916. Those that are familiar with their Americana music should be aware of the heavy influence of Celtic music on traditional Appalachian music and this tune lends itself very naturally to clawhammer playing and in fact it sounds very similar to traditional mountain tunes. The tune is traditionally played slowly as it is a solemn and mournful piece, particularly with O'Neill's lyrics, but I think it sounds better at a higher tempo when played clawhammer style.

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