Wheel Hoss, Bill Monroe (Intermediate)

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Wheel Hoss, Bill Monroe (Intermediate)

Wheel Hoss is a classic crooked Monroe instrumental. Each time the B part ends the band has to play an extra two beats to fit in a G-run. It’s going to confuse you the first couple of times you hear it but after the 3rd or 4th time it clicks. Wheel Hoss is also, one of the songs that got Kenny Baker interested in playing bluegrass and appears on the Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe record. This tune has never layed out very well on the guitar. My solution here is to rely on crosspicking style arpeggios, up the neck work mixed with some escape notes, all while staying as close to the melody I hear as possible. However, I do ditch the melody in the tag of each A or B section. Instead you’ll find a little hot style playing.

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Wheel Hoss is a classic crooked Monroe instrumental. Each time the B part ends the band has to play an extra two beats to fit in a G-run. It’s going to confuse you the first couple of times you hear it but after the 3rd or 4th time it clicks. Wheel Hoss is also, one of the songs that got Kenny Baker interested in playing bluegrass and appears on the Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe record. This tune has never layed out very well on the guitar. My solution here is to rely on crosspicking style arpeggios, up the neck work mixed with some escape notes, all while staying as close to the melody I hear as possible. However, I do ditch the melody in the tag of each A or B section. Instead you’ll find a little hot style playing.

(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).)