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I’d Rather Be Alone

Here is a jam track for the tune “I’d Rather Be Alone”. The track is in the key of F and played at full tempo. If the tempo is not right for you, you can slow it down or speed it up using the “Playback” selection in the “Settings” menu.

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Red and Murphy & Co.

Reprinted from Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine January 1980, Volume 14, Number 7 The family band is a noble, long-standing tradition in bluegrass and traditional country music, extending back even further than the Carter Family, quite possibly as far back as the beginning of the string band itself. Today, the family unit is as strong as ever…

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Banjo Folded Scales

This video is the second in a series where Tim May explains and demonstrates what he calls “The Big Four.” These are four aspects of note selections available to the musician that include: scales, folded scales, arpeggios, and harmonized scales. In the first video he demonstrated several ways of playing scales on the banjo. In…

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Notes & Queries – May 2023

Q: I’m trying to find out who the Foggy Mountain Boys were who played on the original “Foggy Mountain Breakdown.” Thanks. Arthur Liblit, via email. A: According to research by Neil Rosenberg that was published in the booklet to a 1991 Bear Family boxed set of Flatt & Scruggs recordings, the personnel on the original…

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The Country Gentlemen (back row, left to right) Kevin Church, Norman Wright, and Jimmy Bowen with Charlie Waller.

The Tradition Carries On

Porter Church And Kevin Church Father And Son Porter Church left a grand legacy of musicianship and performance in the Washington, DC area. An extensive biography of him written by Fred Geiger appeared in the January, 1986 edition of Bluegrass Unlimited. Here are some of the highlights of his life and career and the story…

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