New Camptown Races - Bluegrass
- Key G
- Capo 2
- Tuning EADGBE
New Camptown races was written by mandolinist Frank Wakefield. He was heavily influenced by Bill Monroe. The arrangement here is based on the playing of David Naiditch. David is an incredible harmonica player. He often plays a chromatic harp. As the name implies, it give him the ability to play chromatic(passing) tones that lay outside of the normal major scale. Because of that, this arrangement for guitar has a lot of chromaticism. It sounds amazing!
If any of the measures feel too tough, check the lick switcher. There are a lot of licks in there that are still very cool, but offer a lower degree of difficulty for your fret hand.
Instead of shifting between open and 2nd position, try and match the fret number to each finger on your fret hand. 1st finger - 1st fret, etc., etc...It will be a challenge if you haven't used your pinky much. If that's the case, it's a great workout, and an excellent reason to build that pinky strength and finger independence. Just take it slow. You'll be off to the races in no time :)