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Newton Grove

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by banjomikey, updated: 12/10/2009
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Notes: This is probably my favorite banjo instrumental. written by Richard Underwood, the original banjo player for The Johnson Mountain Boys. I think the beauty is in the straight forward simplicity of the tune.


liuaimi Says:
Saturday, June 11, 2011 @1:54:15 PM
This is relatively easy but such a riot to play. A video of the Johnson Mountain Boys playing this song is on youtube and I highly recommend you listen to this song at the very least.

Andyincov Says:
Sunday, January 15, 2012 @1:46:33 AM
I agree with liuaimi - the JMB clip is what sent me here - That Tom Adams is a stone cold killer! Have any of you clever banjo maniacs got a tab for the up the neck stuff he does (likewise, can anyone tell me how I can learn how to play it anywhere near the speed he plays it?!?)

Gareth Banjoland Says:
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 @8:14:31 PM
Thats not exactly how he plays it on the clip, he uses the 6th fret of the B string to play the strong F note at the beginning.

Ira Gitlin Says:
Saturday, March 12, 2016 @6:38:32 AM
Gareth Banjoland is correct about the 2nd-string F-natural. Playing that note on the 2nd string results in a smooth-flowing forward roll which is one of the hallmarks of this tune, and is a technique that can be applied to other tunes. The original recording (from the Johnson Mountain Boys' album "Let The Whole World Talk" is surprisingly slow, for a banjo tune--much slower than the Tom Adams version you can find on YouTube. Also, Richard Underwood (who's a fan of Cajun music) adapted this tune from a Cajun song called "Parlez nous à boire" ("Let's talk about drinking"). See

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