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Eight years ago today, Earl Scruggs passed away

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Mar 28, 2020 - 12:55:17 PM
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9452 posts since 1/22/2003

Just memorizing. I like this clip with Bob Dylan:


Mar 28, 2020 - 1:35:13 PM



9452 posts since 1/22/2003

I like that clip because I like Earl and also Bob Dylan. Especially nice I find, to see how much Earl seems to enjoy to play with Bob, very obvious. Any clips of Earl you like especially?

Mar 28, 2020 - 4:33:22 PM
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1049 posts since 12/12/2005

Hard to believe another year has gone by. I always enjoyed Earl's 1970's period of music with his son's. They really did some fine tunes.
Here's a Revue tune I like.

Mar 28, 2020 - 5:18:53 PM

54509 posts since 12/14/2005
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A fine example of "Gone but not forgotten".
And a hundred years hence, it will still be called "Scruggs style".

Mar 28, 2020 - 6:56:47 PM
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576 posts since 10/15/2019

Thinking about Earl, and my favorite tune by my favorite band, I just started plucking out some of "Why Did You Wander?"

Seeger style on an open back though. laugh

Mar 29, 2020 - 7:34:25 AM
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1744 posts since 2/10/2013

In every picture I see of Earl Scruggs he seems to be smiling and enjoying himself. Earl Scruggs and Johnny Gimble always "came across" as outstanding musicians and cordial respectful individuals. I never heard either person speak disrespectfully of another person.

Mar 29, 2020 - 8:53:45 AM
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5557 posts since 10/13/2007

This reminds me of the wonderful Jim Rollins. I had posted on trying to figure a Scruggs break. I just could not get it. JIm did not know me, but knew some guys from where I lived and asked if I knew them and I said yes i did. He said you have to be ok then and he proceeded to send be via email slowed down playing and explanations of some of the trickier fingering. He told me he loved going over the old Scruggs stuff and he knew I did also because of my posts.He sent me a lot of stuff.
i wonder how many people Earl brought together and made friends because they studied his stuff together. The tons of people from Kenny Ingram and JD together and on down the line.

Mar 29, 2020 - 8:55:36 AM
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187 posts since 12/16/2012

A true gentleman and scholar. Greatly missed, greatly imitated, never forgotten.

Mar 31, 2020 - 1:42:45 PM
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1293 posts since 11/15/2010
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Have you ever heard any story that cast Earl in a negative light? I haven't either, and that may be the best testament to the man's character.

Apr 1, 2020 - 7:29:10 AM

1744 posts since 2/10/2013

Some of the best banjo players I have ever known created what they played "off the top of their head". The best banjo I have ever played with once remarked "I don't know why you take lessons from me. I never know what I am going to do, and when done I am not aware of what I had played".

I would not be surprised if Earl Scruggs was that type of player.

Apr 2, 2020 - 3:24:18 AM

231 posts since 1/23/2003

I was fortunate enough to meet Earl at IBMA in 2000 in Louisville. He was a very nice and gracious person. He was the first banjo picker to sign the head of my RB3 Gibson, the first good banjo that I purchased. You can see that in my profile picture right now. I will update it soon because I now have many more additional signatures on the head! And, we had pictures taken together there at IBMA. At that same time, I purchased my second banjo there at IBMA, an Earl Scruggs Standard from Elderly Instruments. I still have both banjos today. Mr. Scruggs, may you rest in peace and entertain everyone there with your awesome banjo picking!

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