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Blackberry Blossom / Earl Scruggs

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by corcoran, updated: 11/2/2021
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Notes: Some years ago, in wandering around the internet I discovered and downloaded a file entitled “Flatt & Scruggs, Live Shows 1956 - 1959.” One track was a fiddle/banjo duet on Blackberry Blossom, with Earl Scruggs playing backup to the fiddle. The chords in his backup were minimal: In contrast to the usual structure, his A Part included only G and D chords, and his B Part was only in E minor. But it is vintage Scruggs-style backup and well worth listening to. In the tablature I have tried to capture Earl’s backup, although I found it difficult to decipher his playing in the B Part. So treat it as an approximation. To put his backup in context, I have added a banjo track playing the melody, but it is muted so that you can hear the backup track more clearly. If I could play the fiddle I would have included the fiddle track instead. However, you can also listen to the recording of Earl and Paul Warren, posted on the Media section of my BHO page.

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