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Black Mountain Rag

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Unknown/None Chosen  Key: A  Tuning: EADGBE (Standard)  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by KI4PRK, updated: 11/17/2009
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Notes: Here is the quintessential fiddle tune for guitar, "Black Mountain Rag", in the original fiddle key of A (Capo 2). This version is very heavily influenced by Don Reno's incredible performance with Buck Ryan on "Fiddler On The Rocks" — In many places, it is a note-for-note copy of part of Don's breaks. Also borrowed from that recording is the tempo — a nearly unbelievable 165 bpm (330 in 2/2 time), which is the primary reason for the expert status (you can't pull off a whole lot of super fancy fretwork at that speed unless you're Django Reinhardt or something ;). That is FAST!!! I wouldn't try it at that speed at your average jam. Other than the speed, it's a fairly straight forward tune, a lot of common Reno guitar licks plus a few of my own crazy licks that I threw in there. Straight up and down picking, always down on the downbeat and up on the offbeat, no pull-offs or hammer-ons; typical Reno guitar style. So warm up your fingers and prepare to burn up your pick!

2 comments

welder4 Says:
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 @2:39:38 PM
I have about half of it down clean and slow but I will never reach Ithe 330 BPM. It is good at about 180 it sounds more like what every one else is doing, it is well written but I can not help but throw a few pull offs in there LOL I am shooting for 180 and I do enjoy this version very much . Thanks loads for posting it .

jlunch Says:
Wednesday, January 17, 2018 @2:40:37 PM
This is great!! I love it.

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