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Earl Scruggs

Recomended level: Intermediate

Tags: #up-tempo, #banjo tune, #instrumental

Writers Charles Wolfe and Neil Rosenberg quote Bill Monroe in their book "In Bluegrass 1950-1955": "I wanted to write and title something after something in the eastern part of Kentucky. Rupert Jones is credited with the tune, although it is sometimes credited to Bill Monroe or Jones & Monroe. On October 20, 1950, under a serious hurricane alert in the studio of WDAE, Flatt, and Scruggs sliced "Pike County Breakdown." I listened and recorded the Breakdown of the Pike Valley. "You know Sweet Betsy from the Pike? "Pike County Breakdown" is a song which Flatt and Scruggs would also have performed as part of Monroe's Bluegrass Boys and is best described as a supercharged version of the standard "Sweet Betsy from Pike" ballad. While Monroe would record the song, soon afterward, the Flatt and Scruggs edit is widely regarded as the final cut. The tune was released twice in 1952 and distributed on single albums, once by Bill Monroe and again by Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & the Foggy Mountain Boys (Mercury Albums 6396) in May of that year.

  • Banjo Pike County Breakdown Scruggs Style

    Scruggs Style

    A unique and fun jam tune Pike County Breakdown that features a style Earl Scruggs didn't use too often - Single String style.

    Banjo Pike County Breakdown Scruggs Style
  • Banjo Pike County Breakdown Melodic Style

    Melodic Style

    This arrangement of Pike County Breakdown features variations for playing down and up the neck. Look closely at the right hand fingering for the lick at measure 13.

    Banjo Pike County Breakdown Melodic Style
  • Banjo Pike County Breakdown Backup


    This is a straight forward backup arrangement if Pike County Breakdown to teach you the basics of what a player could do with this song.

    Banjo Pike County Breakdown Backup