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Mr Sandman

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by corcoran, updated: 12/16/2015
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Notes: Mr Sandman was recorded by the Chordettes in 1954, although it had previously been recorded by Vaughn Monroe -- no relation to Bill Monroe, I think – and his Orchestra in the same year. Steve Arkin has stated that Bill Keith had an arrangement of the song in the early 1960s, although I have never heard Keith’s version (and would love to, if anybody has a recording). In any case, several years ago I finally worked up an arrangement of my own, and I just got around to the tablature, posted here. It took me about one month to tab it out – a real pain – but I think I finally got it close to right. I borrowed the idea for the ending from an excellent tab by Jack Gentle Jr. (aka MickG) that was posted in the Tab Archive some years ago, and I gratefully acknowledge it here. When you work through the tab, you will find unusual D13 and D7 chord positions in measure 24 and elsewhere. Here I made use of Sonny Osborne’s brilliant creation of a pedal steel–like chord progression that he demonstrates in his Homespun Tapes video.


Bart Veerman Says:
Thursday, December 10, 2015 @8:55:46 AM
A great arrangement that really captures the flavour of this tune

llscracker72 Says:
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 @11:19:43 AM
Neat arrangement Mike, don't know if you have it or not but MickG has a great arrangement of this also.

corcoran Says:
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 @1:59:14 PM
AS you can see, I have added the text that introduced the tab in the "Tab Requests and Discussion" forum. Therein I acknowledge borrowing an idea from MickG's tab, which sadly is no longer posted on BHO.

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