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Salty Dog Blues

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by corcoran, updated: 4/12/2014
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Notes: My version of Salty Dog comprises two breaks, each with two parts. The first break is in pretty straight Scruggs style, with a down-the-neck and then an up-the-neck segment. The second break starts with a semi-melodic segment reminiscent of Allen Shelton's wonderful break on the recording of the song by Jim and Jesse, and the second segment incorporates elements (but is not a faithful copy) of Bill Keith's jaw-dropping break on his album "Living on the Mountain" with Jim Rooney, released in 1964 or thereabouts. If you haven't heard the album, you should grab a copy to hear marvelous banjoistics by a young Bill Keith. As to the melody of Salty Dog, you might ask what a C note is doing in an E chord. Perhaps the simplest answer is to think of E augmented. As to the perennial question "What is a salty dog anyway?", I will stay out of this one. Either it's a soft drink, or it's a pickled sausage, or it's something else altogether.

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