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Sweet Dixie

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by corcoran, updated: 8/13/2015
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Notes: Bill Emerson is one of the all-time greats on bluegrass banjo IMHO, and over the years he has written a bunch of memorable tunes. Perhaps his signature tune is Sweet Dixie, which he recorded when he was with Jimmy Martin in the 1960s. Emerson had written and recorded the tune earlier than that, however, and Martin’s name was included because he was the leader of the band. In any case, Sweet Dixie is a great driving piece that every bluegrass player should include in his or her repertoire. It is formed around a percussive series of pull-offs on the first string, and buddy it is effective. It’s normally played in the key of D; so capo up 2 and go to town.

5 comments

n1wr Says:
Sunday, August 9, 2015 @3:31:03 PM
Michael - great job. Banjo is tuned G, but the tune is in the key of C; with capo up two will put it in D. No?

corcoran Says:
Monday, August 10, 2015 @5:11:58 AM
Oops, you are correct. I will correct the text. Thanks for pointing this out.

Jack Baker Says:
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 @2:54:37 PM
Great Michael, now crank up your speed. :-) Jack

corcoran Says:
Thursday, August 13, 2015 @9:19:37 AM
Well, Jack, somewhere between version 1 and version 26 the speed got slowed down to a crawl! I have adjusted it, and it now should be good to go. Michael

Jack Baker Says:
Thursday, August 13, 2015 @3:50:26 PM
Ha! Sounds great Michael...Jack

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