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You Could Hear the Whistle Blow (A Hundred Miles)

Genre: Folk  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by phb, updated: 7/21/2014
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Notes: This is a transcription of the Flatt & Scruggs recording of the song as heard on "At Carnegie Hall". I transcribed this because it was the slowest banjo playing I ever heard from Earl Scruggs and I wanted to practice some ear skills. The banjo intro and the two breaks are almost identical, so it really just is eight or nine measures worth of music. I guess I need to find a better way to typeset the bend in the sixth measure. The E note on the 4th string doesn't go up all the way to the F note, it really just is some quarter note bend. In some places I guess I haven't really got the rhythm right, especially the lick in measure 3 of the banjo break. Make sure to listen to the original a lot and play it as you hear it. Generally the whole piece has a very strong bounce to it, i.e. the first one of a pair of eighth notes is always longer than the second one.

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