The bluegrass jam favorite “Dixie Hoedown” comes from mandolin great Jesse McReynolds and has been recorded by numerous people, including Jerry Douglas, David Grisman, Matt Flinner, and many others. But nobody really plays the B part the same way. The version you’ll learn here is based on the way Grisman, Jesse McReynolds, Ronnie McCoury, and others played it on Bluegrass Mandolin Extravaganza. Joe starts by showing you the A part, phrase by phrase. You’ll also learn the chords to the A part in this video.
|Snowflake Reel, Part 1|
“Snowflake Reel” was composed in 1959 by Canadian fiddler Wally Traugott (who called it “Snowflake Breakdown”). It has since become a bluegrass favorite through recordings by bluegrass fiddlers Bobby Hicks, Vassar Clements, and others. It’s distinctive for the bIV chord (Bb in the key of D) and chromatic melodic line in the second part. Joe walks you through the A part of “Snowflake Reel” in this video.
|“Snowflake Reel” Notation/Tab (Available to subscribers)|