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Road to Columbus

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by corcoran, updated: 10/12/2011
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Notes: This is a wonderful tune by Bill Monroe. My band has been known to have fun with the title -- "Road to Columbia," "Pathway to Peru," and so on. Anyway, the banjo break combines Scruggs style with melodic sequences, which are necessary if you have any hope of capturing the melody. In addition, melodic sequences are worth playing for their own sake, and I regret that they seem to have fallen out of favor with many current banjo players. I have included two versions of the B part, a low break and a high break. I play it either way, although the version low on the neck is easier when the stage is dark (and I can't see where the positions are higher up on the neck). To accommodate the fiddle, the tune is played in A, with the banjo capoed up 2.

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