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Mountain Dew

Accenting Melody Notes

This song comes naturally after Worried Man Blues because it starts with a very similar melody. We're specifically going to look at the kick off to this song, which starts out with an open 4th string. If you listen to the Flatt & Scruggs recording of this song, you'll hear Lester Flatt singing the exact melody from this measure. Earl Scruggs was particularly talented when it came to applying melodies to the banjo and it's an important piece for all aspiring bluegrass banjo players.

One of the reasons Earl is considered to be the best bluegrass banjo player is because of his taste. It's like he knew what roll pattern to place exactly where it feels like it should go. Also, he accented the melody notes.

That is your task for this lesson. Accent the melody notes for this lick. We've tabbed out the basic melody in the measure before the actual kick off lick to this song so you can see and hear exactly what it is. When you go to play the full lick, try to accent those melody notes.

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Click the card to learn Mountain Dew in the Tunefox song library in Scruggs Style, Melodic Style or Backup..

  • Song

    Scruggs Style

    This arrangement is loosely based on a live recording found on YouTube of Flatt & Scruggs performing Mountain Dew with Merle Travis....

  • Song

    Melodic Style

    This arrangement of Mountain Dew starts up the neck with the melody and transitions to a down-the-neck version of the original melod...

  • Song


    This version of Mountain Dew features a bunch of classic Scruggs licks and alludes to the melody a bit in some measures.