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John Hardy

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  • Nuthin' but the melody. This might be a good one to learn the lyrics to. Also, it might be a great one to learn the lyrics to, too. I think you should learn the lyrics to this song! In all seriousness, anytime you learn the lyrics to a song it will help you internalize the rhythm, and pitch changes in the melody. It will also help you internalize the dynamics, and bring that out in your guitar playing. Check out the Carter Family and Tony Rice's version of this classic bluegrass jam tune. This beginner arrangement is closely based on the Carter family's.

    • Key G
    • 70 bpm
    • Tuning EADGBE
    Play Beginner
  • This arrangement lies somewhere in between the Maybelle Carter style of guitar playing and Tony Rice. You've got melody notes on the bass strings, and chord notes to fill in rhythm-just like Mother Maybelle, and some bluesy runs just like Tony might have done it. Have fun with this one folks. That's what we're here for.

    • Key G
    • 80 bpm
    • Tuning EADGBE
    Play Intermediate
  • This version is closely based on the note choice and phrasing of Tony Rice...the singing of Tony Rice that is! No matter what instrument you play, you should try and learn how to sing something before you play it. Playing like a singer will make your instrumental playing more fluid. If you play the same notes and rhythms that a bluegrass singer uses, you better believe it's going to sound authentic. Oh, there is also some cross-picking thrown in, because hey, that's cool too.

    • Key G
    • 112 bpm
    • Tuning EADGBE
    Play Advanced