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Jack Tuttle's Bluegrass Guitar Collection, volume 2

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For orders outside the US, you must order from here.

This intermediate, spiral-bound book focuses on the guitar styles used for bluegrass singing pieces, as well as banjo, mandolin, and fiddle tunes. There are over one hundred transcriptions (see index below) in the book. Most of the transcriptions are my own arrangements and many of them were compiled for ten week guitar classes I have taught over the last few years. Many of the breaks for vocal pieces have two versions. Version 1 is a more basic approach that attempts to play a fairly melody oriented solo while retaining the essence of bluegrass guitar while version two is a more tricked out arrangement, using techniques common for the more advanced bluegrass players, such as up-the-neck soling, syncopations and advanced scales and rhythms.

Unlike my previous books, due to space constraints, I have written the pieces in tablature only. Some examples of the book can be found in PDF form below. I have also included several pages of licks that can be used for the last line of common vocal pieces, in the typical bluegrass style of leaving the melody to play lick-oriented passages. Some of the end licks will fit over a I - V - I chord progression and the others fit over a V - V - I. Since this chord progression is so common for the last line, these licks will work for the majority of all songs. These are arranged in the three common soloing keys of G, C and D.

There are a few examples of rhythm guitar playing, including the various common strum patterns that are used to end singing pieces as well as double tag endings for instrumentals.

Many of these songs have an mp3s link below for help learning the solo.

Here are a few samples pages:
Can't You Hear Me Calling?: (1) and (2)
Hold Whatcha Got: (1) and (2)
Sophronie: lead and rhythm

Here's the Song Index:

A Few Old Memories: A Hazel Dickens piece arranged for female voicing .
Air Mail Special on the Fly: The advanced break is from Molly Tuttle .
Alabama Jubilee: based on the playing of Wayne Henderson
Big Country: my arrangement
Big Sandy River: my arrangement
Big Sciota: my arrangement
Black Mountain Rag A my arrangement in A, the common fiddle key
Black Mountain Rag C my arrangement for playing out of C position like Doc Watson
Black Mountain Rag rhythm: an example using syncopated bass runs
Blue Grass Stomp: my arrangement, with second run-through up the neck
Blue Night (1) my arrangement
Blue Night (2) my arrangement
Boston Boy my arrangement with an alternate B part variation
Bouquet in Heaven (1) my arrangement
Bouquet in Heaven (2) my arrangement
Bouquet in Heaven rhythm demonstrates waltz rhythm playing
Cabin on a Mountain (1) my arrangement
Cabin on a Mountain (2) my arrangement
Can't You Hear Me Calling? (1) my arrangement
Can't You Hear Me Calling? (2) my arrangement
Chalk Up Another One (1) my arrangement out of C
Chalk Up Another One (2) my arrangement out of C
Chalk Up Another One rhythm: straight ahead rhythm in C
Close By (1) my arrangement
Close By (2) my arrangement
Come Back To Me in My Dreams (1): my arrangement
Come Back To Me in My Dreams (2): my arrangement
Connemara: my arrangement of Ricky Skaggs' piece with an alternate B part variation
Cora is Gone (1): my arrangement
Cora is Gone (2) Tony Rice solo
Cousin Sally Brown: Uncommon, but cool old-time fiddle tune
Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (1) my arrangement out of D
Dim Lights, Thick Smoke (2) my arrangement out of D
Dim Lights, Thick Smoke rhythm: rhythm example in D
Dubuque: old-time fiddle tune out of D
Durham 's Reel: my arrangement of old-time/bluegrass standard
East Tennessee Blues: based on the playing of Tim Stafford
Farewell Blues: my arrangement, somewhat advanced
Flop Eared Mule: based on the playing of David Grier
Florida Blues: my arrangement out of D
Foggy Mountain Breakdown: my arrangement
Forty Years of Trouble (1): my arrangement
Forty Years of Trouble (2): my arrangement
Garfield 's Blackberry Blossom: cool old-time piece from Ed Haley
Head Over Heels in Love With You (1): my arrangement
Head Over Heels in Love With You (2): my arrangement
Heavy Traffic Ahead (1): my arrangement
Heavy Traffic Ahead (2): my arrangement, 2nd version is up-the-neck
Hold Whatcha Got (1): my arrangement
Hold Whatcha Got (2) : my arrangement
I'll Never Love Another (1): my arrangement
I'll Never Love Another (2) : my arrangement
I'm Troubled (1): my arrangement out of D
I'm Troubled (2): my arrangement out of D
I'm Waiting to Hear You Call Me Darling (1) my arrangement
I'm Waiting to Hear You Call Me Darling (2) my arrangement
Leather Britches: my arrangement with an alternate A part variation
Little Annie (1): my arrangement voiced in G for female vocals
Little Annie (2): my advanced arrangement
Lonesome Fiddle Blues: straight ahead arrangement of Vassar's tune in D minor
Lonesome Moonlight Waltz: Bill Monroe's waltz in F/D minor
Lost Indian: Uncommon old-time tune with neat, quirky rhythm
Love, Please Come Home (1): my arrangement of Don Reno piece
Love, Please Come Home (2): my arrangement of Don Reno piece
Moonshiner: my arrangement
New Camptown Races: my arrangement of Frank Wakefield mandolin tune
Nine Pound Hammer (1): my arrangement
Nine Pound Hammer (2): my arrangement
Ninety Degrees: my arrangement of cool old-time piece
Ocean of Diamonds (1): my arrangement based out of D
Ocean of Diamonds (2): my arrangement based out of D
Old Dangerfield: my arrangement of Bill Monroe mandolin tune
Old Home Place (1): my arrangement
Old Home Place (2): my arrangement
Old Mother Flannigan: an old-time fiddle tune with an alternate B part variation
Pike County Breakdown: my arrangement of Monroe's mandolin piece
Prayer Bells of Heaven (1): my arrangement
Prayer Bells of Heaven (2): my arrangement
Rawhide: my arrangement of high speed Monroe manolin tune
Remington Ride: my arrangement
Roanoke: my arrangement
Six Feet Under the Ground (1): my arrangement in C
Six Feet Under the Ground (2) : my arrangement in C
Sophronie: my arrangement - chorus break
Sophronie rhythm: an example of Jimmy's unorthodoxed rhythm playing
Southern Flavor: my arrangement of Monroe mandolin tune in E minor
Stepstone: my arrangement in C
Stoney Lonesome: my arrangement of Monroe fiddle tune
Sunnyside of the Mountain: my arrangement based in C for female voiced solo
Under the Double Eagle: my arrangement in C and F
Walls of Time (1) :my arrangement in D for female voiced solo
Walls of Time (2) : my arrangement in D for female voiced solo
Watson Blues: my arrangement out of E
Ways of the World: cool old-time piece
Wheel Hoss: my arrangement of Monroe's fiddle tune
When You Go Walking After Midnight (1): my arrangement
When You Go Walking After Midnight (2) based on the playing of Kenny Smith
When You Go Walking After Midnight rhythm: standard rhythm approach in G
Will the Roses Bloom?: as played by Tony Rice
Won't You Come and Sing For Me?: my arrangement with lots of cross-picking
Wrong Road Again (1): my arrangement
Wrong Road Again (2): my arrangement
End Licks in G: I V I
End Licks in G: V V I
End Licks in C: I V I
End Licks in C: V V I
End Licks in D: I V I
End Licks in D: V V I
G runs
C runs
D runs
Double Tag Endings rhythm

 

Updated March 13, 2016