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Lonesome Road Blues, Part 1: Up-the-Neck Solo

This lesson is part of the course Bluegrass Banjo with Bill Evans.
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Learn to make your banjo drive the band or play sweet melodies, with solos to well-known songs and tunes, backup techniques, and more.
 
 
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Lonesome Road Blues  
 
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Lonesome Road Blues, Part 1: Up-the-Neck Solo
Lonesome Road Blues, Part 1: Up-the-Neck Solo
 
“Lonesome Road Blues” (also often called “Going Down the Road Feeling Bad”) is a bluegrass classic. In this lesson, you’ll learn an up-the-neck solo similar to the one Earl Scruggs played on the 1961 album Foggy Mountain Banjo, and Bill also gives you ideas on playing a more standard solo in first position. He starts by walking you through Earl’s solo, phrase by phrase, giving you advice on playing the string bends (“chokes”) that are essential to the sound of this solo and showing you how to move efficiently between positions up the neck.

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