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Clinch Mountain Backstep

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by BTS, updated: 5/1/2016
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Notes: This is wonderful version of Clinch Mountain Backstep from the playing of John Apfelthaler. Visit John's BHO page to the video of him playing it. It starts with a down the neck arrangement, followed by melodic and up the neck arrangements, and closes out with two more down the neck arrangements. It is packed from one end to the other with interesting licks and ideas, but remains true to the original tune. I think this tab is very close to a fret for fret transcription. But be aware of one point. The fourth bar of the B section of Clinch Mountain backstep changes time signature to 6/4. When tabbing I couldn't get that to work with John's melodic arrangement. I contacted John who was kind enough to tell me that in his enthusiasm he had played through that part in 4/4. He was also kind enough to advise me how to correct the small error. So the tab won't quite match John's playing at that point in the tune. So follow the tab - particularly if you're playing it with other musicians.

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