Jack Tuttle’s Bluegrass Guitar Collection
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This intermediate, spiral-bound book focuses on the guitar styles used for bluegrass singing pieces, as well as banjo, mandolin, and fiddle tunes. There are over one hundred transcriptions in the book.
This intermediate, spiral-bound book focuses on the guitar styles used for bluegrass singing pieces, as well as banjo, mandolin, and fiddle tunes. There are over one hundred transcriptions (see index below) in the book. Most of the transcriptions are my own arrangements and many of them were compiled for ten week guitar classes I have taught over the last few years. Many of the breaks for vocal pieces have two versions. Version 1 is a more basic approach that attempts to play a fairly melody oriented solo while retaining the essence of bluegrass guitar while version two is a more tricked out arrangement, using techniques common for the more advanced bluegrass players, such as up-the-neck soling, syncopations and advanced scales and rhythms. Unlike my previous books, due to space constraints, I have written the pieces in tablature only. Some examples of the book can be found in PDF form below. I have also included several pages of licks that can be used for the last line of common vocal pieces, in the typical bluegrass style of leaving the melody to play lick-oriented passages. Some of the end licks will fit over a I - V - I chord progression and the others fit over a V - V - I. Since this chord progression is so common for the last line, these licks will work for the majority of all songs. These are arranged in the three common soloing keys of G, C and D. There are a few examples of rhythm guitar playing, including the various common strum patterns that are used to end singing pieces as well as double tag endings for instrumentals. Many of these songs have an mp3s link below for help learning the solo. Here are a few samples pages: Can't You Hear Me Calling?: (1) and (2) Hold Whatcha Got: (1) and (2) Sophronie: lead and rhythm.
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