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Crossing the Cumberlands

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Open Gm (gDGBbD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by corcoran, updated: 3/13/2015
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Notes: Another gem written by Bill Monroe. As I remember the story, Monroe told Lamar Grier, his banjo player in the mid-1960s, "This will be a good tune for you." Grier reportedly did not like CtC, because it is played at a loping pace slower than most banjo instrumentals and does not employ any of the standard banjo rolls or licks. Personally I think it better suited to the fiddle than the banjo or mandolin, but a good banjo player can still do an excellent job on it. Butch Robins's arrangement in G minor tuning is simply outstanding, and I have tabbed out my interpretation of it. Don't shy away from G minor tuning, which in my opinion works better with CtC than the major tuning. You will find that this is a haunting melody, and you can make it work for you (as Mr. Bill said).

4 comments

Jack Baker Says:
Friday, March 13, 2015 @7:04:02 PM
Hi Michael, Haven't heard from you in a long time...great tab work...Jack

corcoran Says:
Friday, March 13, 2015 @7:48:15 PM
Hi Jack, good to hear from you as well. Isn't this a great tune? I tabbed it for somebody a couple of years ago, but just got around to posting it on BHO. Michael

Jack Baker Says:
Friday, March 13, 2015 @8:17:55 PM
Yeah, glad you did Michael...How's retirement going?....my very best....Jack

corcoran Says:
Saturday, March 14, 2015 @8:28:42 AM
Retirement? So far so good. Have not yet spent enough time on music, but I will correct that soon. How are you? Michael

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