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Shenandoah Breakdown / Bill Keith / Bill Holden

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by corcoran, updated: 8/14/2016
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Notes: Also known as "Shenandoah Valley Breakdown," this is a classic instrumental by Bill Monroe. He recorded it with Bill Keith on banjo in 1963, the version most of us are familiar with. However, there is a radio tape of Monroe playing on the Opry Jamboree from December 1958, with Joe Drumright on banjo, and rumor has it that Monroe had to phone Drumright to play it over the phone to teach it to Keith just before they recorded it in 63. A concert tape from 1977 of the Blue Grass Boys with Bill Holden playing a marvelous version on banjo is also floating around. (Apparently by then Monroe had discarded his dictum that there can be only one guy named Bill in the BGB). My arrangement comprises three breaks and incorporates elements from these different players. The first break is loosely based on Bill Keith's recorded version with Monroe. The second break is a nifty melodic arrangement that is my version of the way Bill Holden played it. The third break is from a 1981 concert recording of Bill Keith, in which he introduced another outstanding take on the tune. Capo up 2 and play it in A.

1 comment

llscracker72 Says:
Monday, August 15, 2016 @1:14:41 PM
Excellent tab Michael, i like the melodics used here. Thanks for posting................. Bob

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