East Tennessee Blues (Intermediate)

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East Tennessee Blues (Intermediate)

This tune is hesitantly credited to Tennessee fiddler Charlie Bowman who is said to have composed the tune in 1920. At that point it was an unnamed composition, the name “East Tennessee Blues” being suggested by fellow fiddler Al Hopkins. The name didn’t satisfy Charlie Bowman because the tune doesn’t follow blues changes but what can you do? The name stuck. This arrangement puts the melody on the guitar fretboard in a fun and acrobatic way by using several up the neck passages for the turn-arounds.

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Information on East Tennessee Blues courtesy of Traditional Tune Archive.

This tune is hesitantly credited to Tennessee fiddler Charlie Bowman who is said to have composed the tune in 1920. At that point it was an unnamed composition, the name “East Tennessee Blues” being suggested by fellow fiddler Al Hopkins. The name didn’t satisfy Charlie Bowman because the tune doesn’t follow blues changes but what can you do? The name stuck. This arrangement puts the melody on the guitar fretboard in a fun and acrobatic way by using several up the neck passages for the turn-arounds.

(Intermediate guitar tabs include an ornamented version of the melody, chord markings above, and more often than not, a kick-off and a tag. Where the beginning guitar tabs had quarter notes expect there to now be a steady stream of eighth notes! These tabs, though more difficult than the beginning tabs, do not stray far from the melody like the advanced guitar tabs. Intermediate tabs without a bluegrass kick-off or tag generally come from other traditions such as Irish Fiddle Music (Frank’s Reel) or Spanish Folk Songs (La Borrachita).)