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Session 8: Earl’s Gems: Rolling and Vamping

This lesson is part of the course Earl Scruggs: A Player's Guide with Bill Evans.
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Earl Scruggs: A Player’s Guide picks up where Earl’s renowned instruction book Earl Scruggs and the Five-String Banjo leaves off, teaching tunes and techniques that will help each student become a more complete Scruggs-style player.
 
 
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SESSION 7: Special Guest Thomas Goldsmith, Earl’s fiddle tune backup, and “Across the Blue Ridge Mountains”
 

After his interview with Thomas Goldsmith, Bill turns to Earl’s banjo-and-fiddle duet accompaniment style, analyzing “Grey Eagle” from a 1950s radio broadcast with fiddler Benny Martin and “Fiddle and Banjo (Stoney Point)” with fiddler Paul Warren, from Flatt and Scruggs’s December 1962 Carnegie Hall concert. Bill also takes a look at “Across the Blue Ridge Mountains” (also known as “My Home’s Across the Blue Ridge Mountains”) from Flatt and Scruggs’s 1963 Vanderbilt University concert in Nashville, discussing Earl’s solo and analyzing the different backup approaches Earl uses throughout the song.

 
 
 
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Session 8: Earl’s Gems: Rolling and Vamping  
 
Session 8: Earl’s Gems: Rolling and Vamping  
 
Session 8: Earl’s Gems: Rolling and Vamping
Session 8: Earl’s Gems: Rolling and Vamping
 

Bill begins this final session with a review of the fiddle tune backup techniques presented in Session 7 and an analysis of Earl’s straightforward solo to “Across The Blue Ridge Mountains.” To finish things up, Bill presents what he calls “Earl’s Gems: Rolling and Vamping,” comparing and contrasting licks in D and C as well as presenting some of the most advanced vamping-based licks heard in “Flint Hill Special.”  and “Bugle Call Rag.” 

 


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