Genre: Bluegrass Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs) Key: G Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD) Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by 5-String, updated: 5/23/2018
Notes: This is a note for note transcription of how Earl Scruggs played this tune on the "Country Music" album, Mercury 20358, or The Bear Family's Flatt & Scruggs 1948-1959, disc 1. All lead breaks and backup are included. One item of interest is that, several times in this tune, Earl employs a pretty wicked lick that covers 3 chord positions (inversions of the same chord) to go from a I7 chord to a IV chord, and from a V7 chord to a I chord. You have to jump all over the neck to play it, and the distance your hand has to jump changes significantly, depending which transition you are playing, because the notes are much more closely spaced in the upper part of the neck, than in the lower part. It tends to foil muscle memory. The tab is written such that you can follow along with the recording. Adjust settings so that chords are displayed as letter names only, tab is displayed at 4 bars per line, and view is scaled to 16th notes. The blank 3 measures preceding each verse are skipped when the tab is played with the MIDI player, using the Reading List tool. They are only there to maintain the chord pattern such that each verse starts at the beginning of a line.
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