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Hen Scratchin' Stomp

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by KI4PRK, updated: 11/25/2009
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Notes: The Don Reno banjo instrumental "Hen Scratchin' Stomp". It's sort of Don's take on Katy Hill, with the second section in E instead of G. As in the 1949 Mercury recording of "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" by Flatt & Scruggs, the banjo plays in E minor while the backup band plays in E major. Creates a cool effect. This is a good start to learning Don's rolls, & to see where he differs from the Scruggs style even in its basic rolls. Not too hard, & an altogether fun piece to play. Try bringing it out at your next jam; very few people know it, but it's a simple tune & the others will pick it up quickly. I highly recommend listening to the Tennessee Cut-Ups original recording. It's full of energy, drive, & will give you a good idea of Don's timing.

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