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Down in the Willow Garden / Bill Keith

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by corcoran, updated: 6/14/2021
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Notes: And now for something completely different: how about a bluegrass song about a guy murdering his (presumably pregnant) girlfriend? Notwithstanding its topic, Down in the Willow Garden is a very nice song, and it also serves as a fine instrumental. The tablature is inspired by Bill Keith’s version from a jam he recorded with Earl Scruggs in 1963 when Bill was working with Earl on the book “Earl Scruggs and the 5-string banjo.” In the recording I heard, Bill played banjo and Earl played 12-string guitar. An interesting aspect of Bill’s arrangement is that he played it first in the key of G and then modulated to the key of C, a very nice transition.

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