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Black Mountain Rag mandolin tabs & chords

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  • This arrangement is mostly up the neck and played in the style of Doc Watson, but the place where Doc would normally crosspick we have some nice double stop passages instead. This tune sounds great on guitar, but even it may be even better on mando!

    • Key D
    • 110 bpm
    • Tuning GDAE
    Play Up the Neck
  • This is in the style of Mike Compton, who is likely the most studied and accomplished Monroe style player in the world. Check out the licks too get some of Mike's signature touches- fiddle like slides and interesting rhythmic figures. The chord progression is slightly different than the standard Black Mountain Rag. Mike and David use different chords over the same melody in the B section, and creates a brand new splash of color that is captivating, and it reawakens this old standard.

    • Key A
    • 115 bpm
    • Tuning GDAE
    Play Monroe Style
  • This tune is heard in several different keys, depending on the musician and instrumentation. This particular arrangement of Black Mountain Rag teaches you to play the melody in the key of A.

    • Key A
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning GDAE
    Play Beginner
  • This arrangement of Black Mountain Rag builds upon the beginner version with more pentatonic licks in the A section. Watch out for those double stops in the B section!

    • Key A
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning GDAE
    Play Intermediate
  • You’ll find a lot of nifty pull-offs in the the A section of this version of Black Mountain Rag to give it a unique flair. Practice tip: Isolate each measure and play with the metronome to focus on precision and evenness of tone.

    • Key A
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning GDAE
    Play Advanced

More about Black Mountain Rag Mandolin song

Here you will find 5 different ways to play Black Mountain Rag on mandolin. The beginner Black Mountain Rag tab will show you how to play the basic melody line. Once you feel comfortable playing that then move on to learning the intermediate arrangement, which will teach you how to incorporate more 16th notes. Finally, the advanced Black Mountain Rag tab shows you how to really show your playing off with some flash bluegrass licks all based on the melody.

There are a ton of tools in the Tunefox app that will help you learn Black Mountain Rag tabs more efficiently and effectively. Use the tempo control slider to slow down the whole song, or isolate problematic measures. You can also activate the "Speed Up" tool to speed up isolated measures each time they loop. Use the "Memory Train" tool to hide more and more notes each time you play through the song.

If you ever wondered how to play Black Mountain Rag on mandolin more creatively, try changing out the licks! Most of the measures can be changed into a different style, so you can gain an understanding of how other musicians may approach this tune. You can also shuffle all of the licks in the song to create a unique arrangement of the entire tab.

Need to work on jamming? Use the Tunefox backing tracks, which are included with each arrangement of Black Mountain Rag. You can mix the volume of mandolin, full band, and metronome to whatever level you’d like.

Members can also export all of their arrangements into PDF files.