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Black Mountain Blues (Rag)

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: A  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by KI4PRK, updated: 2/17/2010
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Notes: The classic show-piece for fiddle, "Black Mountain Blues/Rag" arranged here for Scruggs/Reno style banjo (capo 2). This piece is difficult at a medium tempo, let alone the burning fast velocity it sounds best (in my opinion) at. The 2nd chorus is an example of Don Reno's continuous roll pattern, which is a forward roll with no breaks until the end of the chorus. Thus it sounds almost too syncopated, and the timing is down with a lot of pull-offs & hammer-ons. I have experimented with a triple pull-off รก la Don's "Green Mountain Hop", (which is this same piece albeit in the key of D), to imitate the "crazy" fiddle part (you have to hear the tune to know what I'm talking about). Needless to say it's quite difficult at any tempo! There are a few small single string parts in the first two A sections, which are kinda difficult to pull off cleanly. Has a Rhythm Guitar & Bass rhythm track, as well as a guitar kick-off. Have fun!

9 comments

Jack Baker Says:
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 @8:26:37 PM
Hi Brennen, Yer gonna have to supply oxygen to get this speed. Set your speed to no faster than 310 or Tabledit makes it just a blur...Jack...p.s. nice arrangement though

Jack Baker Says:
Tuesday, February 16, 2010 @8:28:15 PM
Well maybe 320 but that's about as fast as most earthlings can move...:-))...Jack B.

KI4PRK Says:
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 @7:52:58 AM
oops, sorry. Got a little carried away there!

corcoran Says:
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 @9:41:50 AM
Brennen, these are terrific tabs that you have been posting. Good job! Michael

pandwshaw Says:
Friday, November 19, 2010 @11:01:37 PM
Does anybody mix the thumb up in the top line 14 12 bits? Is there an easy right hand patten here. The thumb seems to want to be involved. Peter

KI4PRK Says:
Sunday, January 23, 2011 @8:06:55 PM
pandwshaw: I use my thumb on the top string single-string stuff. It's pretty standard; guess I should have put right hand fingering up

Fathand Says:
Friday, July 13, 2012 @6:14:49 AM
Sounds really cool but if I slow it down to 160 it sounds like the ragtime tune it is.

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