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Banjo tablatures for East Tennessee Blues

Bill Monroe

Recomended level: Intermediate

Tags: #swing music, #bluesy, #medium-tempo

"East Tennessee Blues" written by Charlie Bowman, is an American old-time fiddle song that dates back to the 20th century. Its first recording was done by Al Hopkins. A number of versions have been released by prominent bluegrass artists such as Bill Monroe, Doc Watson and Tony Jackson. It has since become a mainstay of bluegrass music and is still been performed by singers such as steep canyon rangers and even the famous East Tennessee start university bluegrass pride band. According to Bowman, the sing could not satisfactorily be tagged a blues simply because it has blues in its name. the name was suggested by fiddler and bandleader, AL Hopkins who was in the list of those that did the first recording. However, the attachment of blues to the name added some commercial value.

  • Banjo East Tennessee Blues Melodic Style

    Melodic Style

    East Tennessee Blues is a swing tune turned bluegrass. There's a lot of opportunities to use 7th chords to spice up the harmony.

    Banjo East Tennessee Blues Melodic Style
  • Banjo East Tennessee Blues Backup


    This backup version of East Tennessee Blues uses 6th and 7th chords to give the regular chords some color. This makes it sound a little bit more jazzy.

    Banjo East Tennessee Blues Backup