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Pike County Breakdown

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by corcoran, updated: 12/3/2015
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Notes: Here is Bill Monroe's classic instrumental. The first break approximates Earl Scruggs's version. The second break is an up-the-neck version (heresy! Earl did not play a high break), and the third break includes some melodic stuff that lets you keep the drive going while improvising a bit. Note that I am using Flatt and Scruggs's chord progression, where the 1 chord (G) and then the 5 chord (D) are played in measures 7 and 8, respectively. Monroe's original version held the 1 chord (G) in both measures 7 and 8, although he later played it with a 7 chord (F) and then 5 chord (D) in measures 7 and 8, respectively. I prefer Flatt and Scruggs's version, which is mid-way in complexity between Monroe's original stripped-down version and his later one. Although I have tabbed it out in the key of G, you would normally capo up 2 to play it in A.

2 comments

greenhorn Says:
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 @6:23:37 AM
Excellent job! Thanks for including the chord information.

mjbrennan Says:
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 @2:31:52 PM
Thank you, Michael. Super job, as usual. It may take me a while, but it will be worth it. A huge help to me and many more I'm sure who are lucky enough to come across it. Best wishes.

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