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Backstep Cindy, Part 1

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Backstep Cindy  
 
Backstep Cindy  
 
Backstep Cindy, Part 1
Backstep Cindy, Part 1
 

“Backstep Cindy” is a staple of the Round Peak old-time repertoire, and you can hear recordings of Tommy Jarrell, Fred Cockerham, and other old-time banjo icons playing it. “Backstep Cindy” is in the key of D, played in aDADE tuning (gCGCD, with a capo at the second fret), and has three parts, the second and third of which are crooked. Bruce walks you through the first part of “Backstep Cindy” in this video.


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