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Country Blues

Genre: Traditional  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by Chad Jones, updated: 6/4/2016
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Notes: "Country Blues," based on the playing of Dock Boggs. This is the main bit I use to accompany my singing. I have several variations (some subtle, some not so subtle) I play for instrumental breaks, which I hope to commit to tablature. Feel free to play with the timing--add an extra beat or so here and there. Or cut some short. Have fun with it. Play it fast or slow--it all sounds great! Measures 5, 11, and 14 contain a figure that consists of a hammer on and plucked note sounding simultaneously. You may omit either one. They are the same note, so it will sound fine. Measures 9 and 18 also contain a simultaneous hammer on and plucked note. You may omit the plucked note. Additionally, I often slide into the notes at the 5th fret, 4th string, such as those in measures 5, 11, 13, and 17 (sometimes more, sometimes less). The style is Dock Boggs' 3-finger up picking. The index finger plays the 2nd string, the middle finger plays the 1st string, and the thumb plays the 3rd, 4th, and 5th strings. The melody is spread across the main strings, and the drone is used more sparingly. The tuning is f#CGAD.

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