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Lonesome Moonlight Waltz, Part 1: A Part Melody

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Lonesome Moonlight Waltz  
 
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Lonesome Moonlight Waltz, Part 1: A Part Melody
Lonesome Moonlight Waltz, Part 1: A Part Melody
 
Bill Monroe’s instrumental “Lonesome Moonlight Waltz” is kind of an anomaly in the bluegrass world. It has a unique chord progression and it uses some atypical triplet rhythms in the melody. Joe starts by breaking the A part of “Lonesome Moonlight Waltz” down for you phrase by phrase, showing you how he plays it in closed position with a specific kind of tremolo. Then he plays it slowly a couple times through so you can play along with him.

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