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Clinch Mountain Backstep

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by corcoran, updated: 8/10/2016
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Notes: As I hear it, CMB is really a clawhammer tune that Ralph Stanley played 3-finger style, for whatever reason. To achieve that Stanley sound, emphasize the 3-0 pulloff on the first string, as in the second and later measures. (The rest of the arrangement is my own). Incidentally, a very nice version of CMB was recorded by the Kentucky Colonels on their classic album "Appalachian Swing," featuring sublime rhythm and lead guitar by the one-and-only Clarence White. Note that the only tricky bit is measures 21 and 30, where the time signature changes to 2/4 just for those 2 measures -- this is the "backstep."

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