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  • Fiddle | Bluegrassbasics

    Fiddle What's the difference between a violin and a fiddle? A violin has strings and a fiddle has strangs! Fiddling is just the style of playing a violin in bluegrass music. It is known mainly as melody instrument, but no instrument can play melody all of the time. Left - Ernst Heinrich Roth Violin - Any traditional violin can be used for bluegrass music. The main thing to look for is the use of solid woods in construction. Violins should have a solid spruce top and a solid maple back and sides. The fingerboard should be genuine ebony and the pegs should be hardwood - like ebony, rosewood, or boxwood. Right - Glasser Carbon Composite Violin - Some bluegrass fiddlers are finding more options in modern violins. They can be found in 5-string models and made from durable materials like carbon fiber. Additional items like geared tuning pegs and pickups can make for very versatile instruments. A 5-string violin adds a low C string - like a viola. This low string sounds especially good when used for rhythmic accompaniment.

  • Banjolele/Ukulele | Bluegrassbasics

    Banjolele/Ukulele Ukuleles are not part of the typical bluegrass ensemble. Due to a renewed popularity in the United States, they are becoming more common at bluegrass jams. A major hurdle for ukes is the ability to be heard in such a large group. The combination of the small size and nylon strings makes projecting the sound quite a challenge. One solution to this is playing a banjolele. It is the same size and tuning as a ukulele but being built on a banjo body means that it is typically louder and projects better than a traditional ukulele. If a banjolele isn't an option, then using larger ukulele sizes like tenor- or concert-sized ukuleles could be helpful. Left - Stella Banjolele - This banjolele was built in the heyday of banjo ukes in the 1920s. It has been upgraded with Ratio Tune-A-Lele Ukulele Tuners . The original "friction" tuners did not hold the tension of the strings very well. These upgraded tuners are "geared" but have a very small footprint. Right - Harmony Baritone Ukulele - Baritone ukuleles are tuned like the top 4 strings of a guitar - DGBE. This one has been upgraded with Grover geared ukulele tuners .

  • In the Pines | Bluegrassbasics

    Nashville - In the Pines.pdf

  • Banjo | Bluegrassbasics

    Banjos The 5-String Banjo, played in the 3-finger "Scruggs" style is one of the defining sounds of bluegrass music. Banjos have a long history and have gone through many changes since first coming to the Americas on slave ships from West Africa. Because of this, it is important to make sure you're playing the appropriate banjo for each style of banjo music. Left - Gretsch G9400 Broadkaster Deluxe - This 5-string resonator banjo is what most people think of when discussing bluegrass banjos. It has 5 strings - including the short 5th string that gives it the distinctive sound, a resonator on the back - to project loudly in a bluegrass ensemble, and a flathead tone ring under the head for a increased depth of sound. This banjo is normally played with a thumb and two finger picks in order to get the characteristic attack of the bluegrass banjo. Middle - Gretsch G9451 Dixie Deluxe - This 5-string open-back banjo should not be confused with its bluegrass sibling. Although it still has 5 strings, it is usually played with bare fingers in a clawhammer or frailing style - often heard in old time music. Lacking a resonator, it doesn't project as much and has a much more "round" sound to it. Right - Stromberg-Voisinet Tenor Banjo - Notice that this banjo is missing the 5th string that is characteristic of bluegrass and old time banjos. They are most commonly played with a pick, similar to guitar. Tenor banjos find a ready home in jazz, jugband, and celtic music.

  • Blue Ridge Cabin Home | Bluegrassbasics

    Concert Pitch - Blue Ridge Cabin Home.pdf Nashville - Blue Ridge Cabin Home.pdf

  • I Saw the Light | Bluegrassbasics

    Nashville - I Saw the Light.pdf

  • Bluegrass Instruments | Bluegrassbasics

    Fiddle Mandolin Banjolele/Ukulele Banjo Dobro Guitar Bass Capo Tuners

  • Raised by the Railroad Line | Bluegrassbasics

    Concert Pitch - Raised by the Railroad Line.pdf Nashville - Raised by the Railroad Line.pdf

  • SSBJ Archives | Bluegrassbasics

    Sandy Spring Bluegrass Jam Archives October 2022 Bringing Mary Home - Key of G Your Cheating Heart - Key of D Monster's Holiday - Key of D Jambalaya - Key of C James River Blues - Key of G Folsom Prison Blues - Key of F Wreck of the Old '97 - Key of C The Darker the Night - Key of D East Tennessee Blues - Key of C Big Sciota - Key of G 40 Years of Trouble - Key of G Foggy Mountain Top - Key of G Long Journey Home - Key of G Midnight on the Water - Key of D Dink's Song (Fare Thee Well) - Key of D Just A Closer Walk With Thee - Key of C Knocking on Heaven's Door - Key of G Nellie Cane - Key of D ​ September 2022 Long Gone - Key of A Don't This Road Look Rough and Rocky - Key of F White Oak on the Hill - Key of G Bill Cheatham - Key of G Folsom Prison Blues - Key of F I Still Can't Believe You're Gone - Key of D C.C. Rider - Key of C White Freight Liner Blues - Key of G Mountain Dew - Key of G Walls of Time - Key of A Angelina Baker - Key of D Swallowtail Jig - Key of Em Wagon Wheel - Key of G Blue Ridge Cabin Home - Key of A Whiskey Before Breakfast - Key of D Old Home Place - Key of G Will the Circle Be Unbroken - Key of G ​ August 2022 Mountain Dew - Key of G Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain - Key of E Turkey in the Straw - Key of G St. Anne's Reel - Key of D Truck Drivin' Man - Key of E Faded Love - Key of D Blue Ridge Cabin Home - Key of G You Ain't Goin' Nowhere - Key of G Mama Don't Allow - Key of E Nine Pound Hammer - Key of G Big Spike Hammer - Key of G When the Springtime Comes Again (Little Annie) - Key of G Behind These Prison Walls of Love - Key of G Will the Circle Be Unbroken - Key of G Swallowtail Jig - Key of Em Whiskey Before Breakfast - Key of D Begging to You - Key of E Friend of the Devil - Key of G Dream of a Miner's Child - Key of G Long Journey Home - Key of G ​ July 2022 Foggy Mountain Top - Key of G St. Anne's Reel - Key of D Cry, Cry Darlin' - Key of D Red Wing - Key of G Dixie Hoedown - Key of G Nellie Kane - Key of A Deep River Blues - Key of E Man of Constant Sorrow - Key of F I Gotta Get Drunk - Key of D Every Day is a Winding Road - Key of D Big Sciota - Key of G Fly Me to the Moon - Key of C Whiskey Before Breakfast - Key of D Wabash Cannonball - Key of D Jambalaya - Key of C Nine Pound Hammer - Key of G ​ June 2022 Jambalaya - Key of C Gold Rush - Key of A Tear My Still House Down - Key of G The Weight - Key of G Angelina Baker - Key of D Don't This Road Look Rough and Rocky - Key of F In the Gravel Yard - Key of G Turkey in the Straw - Key of G East Tennessee Blues - Key of C Whiskey Before Breakfast - Key of D Lost Highway - Key of D Faded Love - Key of D They Call the Wind Mariah - Key of G Crazy Arms - Key of D Take Your Shoes off Moses - Key of G ​ May 2022 Honey You Don't Know My Mind - Key of A Banks of the Ohio - Key of G White Freight Liner Blues - Key of G The Old Home Place - Key of G Whiskey Before Breakfast - Key of D Faded Love - Key of D Why You Been Gone So Long? - Key of E Momma Don't Allow - Key of G I Don't Care (Just as Long as You Love Me) - Key of G Folsom Prison Blues - Key of F Ragtime Annie - Key of D Blue Ridge Cabin Home - Key of A I've Been All Around This World - Key of D Midnight Special - Key of A Long Black Veil - Key of D ​ April 2022 White Freightliner Blues - Key of G Nine Pound Hammer - Key of G Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain - Key of E Angel from Montgomery - Key of G In the Garden - Key of G The Race is On - Key of G Too Old to Cut the Mustard - Key of C I've Endured - Key of D Cumberland River - Key of G Dream of a Miner's Child - Key of G Bury Me Beneath the Willow - Key of G Bill Cheatham - Key of G Blue Moon of Kentucky - Key of D Jambalaya - Key of C Man of Constant Sorrow - Key of D How Mountain Girls Can Love - Key of C Gold Rush - Key of A The Train the Carried My Girl from Town - Key of C

  • Banks of the Ohio | Bluegrassbasics

    Concert Pitch - Banks of the Ohio.pdf Nashville - Banks of the Ohio.pdf

  • Dobro/Resonator Capos | Bluegrassbasics

    Dobro/Resonator Capos Shubb C6b - This is often the "first" capo for dobro players because it is so similar in form to a traditional guitar capo - in cost as well . One major advantage to this style capo is that the brass bar sits on top of the fret so it is always accurately lined up to play in tune. A considerable disadvantage is that each capo needs to be adjusted and set up for the guitar it is going to be used on. If you're using a Shubb, consult their website to make sure it is properly adjusted for the resonator guitar on which it's being used. Charlie's Slide Pro Capo - This capo ignores the neck of the guitar and attaches directly to the strings. Charlie's capo also has great one-handed adjustment with the wedge mechanism it uses to tighten the capo to the strings. It is small but heavy - a good thing - to get the most tone out of the instrument. Since it is attached only to the strings, a tuner - or very good ear - is essential to making sure it is positioned in the correct place. Sometimes perspective can cause it to be askew. It is expensive, but is sold directly from the manufacturer so there's never the hunt to find it "in stock" somewhere. *Not Pictured - Beard Wave Capo - This capo functions in a similar manner to Charlie's. The main difference is that the Beard Wave uses a screw/wheel to tighten the capo to the strings. This capo is a little more refined looking than Charlie's, is slightly more affordable, but can be difficult to find "in stock" at this time.

  • Old Train | Bluegrassbasics

    Concert Pitch - Old Train.pdf Nashville - Old Train.pdf

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