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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.

6 comments

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 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9fs12_-ihPY

Greg Booth Says:
Saturday, July 10, 2021 @3:16:19 PM
Great great playing by Tom Adams and the JMB!! I may be wrong, but the 5th note in measure one I don't hear fret 1, 2nd string, I'm hearing the open 1st string as part of a forward backward roll. The 5th and 6th notes are reversed. ?? I see that another tab version here also has it reversed.

Greg Booth Says:
Saturday, July 10, 2021 @8:14:56 PM
I’m guessing that the tab is written based on the part as played by Richard Underwood from the Let the Whole World Talk album. My comment is based on the way Tom Adams played it in the YT video.

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