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Tune 33: Cheyenne

A Bill Monroe tune, I believe.  I’m taking it from a Tony Rice version.

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I forgot to write this yesterday. I attribute it too my confusion as to what other tune Clinch Mountain Backstep sounds like. I spent quite a few minutes racking my brain, thinking it was some tune I accidentally absorbed a long time ago. But then I realized it almost exactly like Sandy Boys. Is this right? Am I still confused? Aaaah!

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Yeah for ragtime.

Part A
A—|A—|A—|E-A-:||

Part B
A—|A—|A—|E-A-:||

Part C
A—|A—|D—|D—|1A—|E—|E—|E—:|| 2A—|E—|A—|A—||

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band has a nice version of this. Doc Watson says it’s a fiddle tune, and Vassar Clements does it justice with his signature lick (I tried finding it written online, but no luck.  It’s basically a chromatic descent of four notes, which he will repeat or follow by another chromatic descent of four notes starting a fifth higher). There are some cool ones, too, on the Fiddle Hangout site.

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Lisa’s arrangement of Been all around this world, to be precise.  More on that later.

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I was going to learn a John Reischman tune called Salt Spring, but it’s on none of the four albums of his I have. So I picked this traditional tune from his “Road West” album, and am I ever glad I did.

I like how these fellows are doing it: Thomas Bailey and Aaron Lewis. As ear-tickling good as a full bluegrass band can be, scaling it down to a guitar, a fiddle and two voices is nicely refreshing.

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Aubrey Haynie‘s version and this band I’ve never heard of before, Kickin Grass, who do a wicked version of it, too. There are good ideas for licks in both of those (parallel fifths in Haynie’s version and general madness coming from the Kickin Grass fiddler).

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A Bill Monroe tune. Watch this video from Aly Bain’s TV series Down Home, where it’s played by Kenny Baker and Monroe himself. He goes on to tell Bain (who is a Scottish player) about the connections between bluegrass and Scottish folk music. The A part is reminiscent of the sound of the pipes.

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