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East Virginia Blues

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  • Nothing but the melody boys and girls. With an arrangement this simple, we can always focus on other elements of playing besides what our left hand is doing and which direction our pick is going. We can focus on the important stuff. Tone. Timing. Two essential elements to making music. Use a rest stroke to bring out good tone and volume. Experiment with the angle of your pick, and the placement of your pick attack. Closer to the bridge will be brighter, while playing closer to the soundhole or neck will warm up your tone. Just as a pick flat on the strings will give you the brightest tone(for one picking location), and striking the string with an angled pick will give you a darker tone(for the same location). That's another level of tone control. You don't need knobs. You are an artist. These are your the colors in your palette. Now, Paint!

    • Key G
    • 70 bpm
    • Tuning EADGBE
    Play Beginner
  • This fun arrangement has a lot of chromatic runs, but still maintains the melody. As it should be! Where would we be with out the melody? Probably playing banjo! Only joking banjo players :)

    • Key G
    • 90 bpm
    • Tuning EADGBE
    Play Intermediate
  • This is a transcription of Caleb Smith solo. He recorded this with Balsam Range around 140 bpm! If you can play this at that speed, send them a video, they may need you for fill in gigs :) Caleb has some very unique note choices, and goes to some places the average bluegrass hands might not be used to. Make use of the loop and tempo features to nail down this tough solo piece by piece.

    • Key G
    • 115 bpm
    • Tuning EADGBE
    Play Advanced