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I Wonder How the Old Folks/Bill Keith

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by corcoran, updated: 5/14/2016
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Notes: Bill Monroe often had Del McCoury sing I Wonder How the Old Folks Are at Home when McCoury was Monroe's lead singer and guitarist, in 1963. Of relevance to BHO, Bill Keith was the banjo player of the day in the Blue Grass Boys. Several concert recordings of Keith's version with Monroe are floating around, and I have combined 2 of his breaks to give you a feel for his approach to the tune. Pay particular attention to measures 14 through 17, where Keith dishes out a tasty melodic take on the A (II) to D (V) chords, a section that alone is worth the price of admission.

2 comments

llscracker72 Says:
Monday, May 16, 2016 @8:48:59 AM
A really really good tab. Thanks

Bad Bernie Says:
Friday, October 14, 2016 @1:59:38 AM
Wonderful breaks. I just LOVE that A chord (I think it's an A9th?), and will use it on many of those I-II-V progressions. It's gives a lovely, almost jazzy feel to the transition. There are other tasty licks in there too, so learning this tab is useful for a lot more than just this song! Many thanks! - Bernie

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