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I'm Gone, Long Gone

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by corcoran, updated: 10/12/2011
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Notes: This is a great old tune by Reno and Smiley. I have tabbed out two up-the-neck breaks. The first sticks pretty close to the melody; the second departs a bit and includes some licks that you might find useful in a variety of tunes. If you go to the Music section on my BHO web page, you will find a track of this song, from a practice tape by my band Silver Spring, recorded in Vancouver, B.C., in the mid-1970s. The second break in the tablature is the one on the track. On the recording, we played in A; so just capo up 2 and play it as tabbed in G. Note that the last D chord is a bit tricky, because it involves alternating the index and middle fingers while picking the first string. Although difficult, the lick is worth mastering, because you can use it in lots of tunes. The melody in the lick is played on the first string and involves a descending melodic sequence (D --> C --> B --> A --> G) embedded in a repetitive rhythmic pattern, as follows, with the melody string IN CAPITALS: ONE--three--two--one--ONE--three--two-one---ONE-three--two--one, and so on.

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