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Farewell Blues

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: D#/Eb  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by KI4PRK, updated: 11/11/2009
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Notes: Farewell Blues, an old swing tune made famous as a bluegrass banjo instrumental by Earl Scruggs, in a more jazz-worthy key: Eb major, although like Earls version it has that funky b3 major chord instead of the swingy b3 diminished chord. The key should not be as much a subject of worry as is the intense hand contortions needed to get the drop-C chord (e.g. 5567, 4th to 1st strings) sound in open-G; down the neck this is a real STRECH! It took me a looottt of practising to be able to make the chords up to speed, but it is worth it; it's a real neat sound. The other hard lick is the tag lick such as the one in measures 3 & 7. This one takes a little practice. The single string licks are mostly standard Reno single string licks, although there's one of my own at the beginning of the 5th break. This tune will definitely take some practice, but it's a real firecracker once you get it right. I shamelessly like this tune in Eb much better than drop-C tuning, key of C. Has a Rhythm Guitar & Bass rhythm track. Have fun!

4 comments

Jack Baker Says:
Sunday, November 15, 2009 @5:53:55 PM
Whew! I had to pour cold water on myself...Hot stuff...keep up the great work....Jack Baker NYC

stanleytone Says:
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 @1:41:15 PM
best version I ever heard.

Jack Baker Says:
Friday, February 20, 2015 @1:56:22 PM
Brennen, I always love your arrangements...just great...JB

ncss Says:
Thursday, June 11, 2015 @6:35:46 PM
Wow man. Just...wow...!

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