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Boys Of Bluehill

Alfred Scoggins (5193) · [archive]
Style: Bluegrass · Level: Intermediate · Tempo: 200
Pages: 1

This is a nice hornpipe, originally Irish, which has found its way into the bluegrass repetoire.

If you can't hear anything, set the loop to '4 times' and hopefully you will.

Hornpipes don't have set tempos and you can play it at whatever speed you like.

I like this tune for several reasons. It makes a good solo piece as it can be played without a backing. It strengthens up the right hand. It's good pick practice and there's some cross-picking to do.

I think there are a couple of things to watch in this tune. One is that it needs a lot of swing - not quite in the jazz sense, but it needs to have some life about it.

The top B in part B is reached by going up the neck. At least, that's the way I play it. It's much easier than trying to snatch at it from the 3rd and 5th fret.

You'll also notice that I've put in a nice variation in the second repetition which twiddles the top B with the C#.

The other point is that the treble parts are fairly easy to play but the left hand tends to become sluggish when it does the cross-picking and triplet bits. It's a good idea to start playing it at an easy pace.

The other thing is that it should be picked cleanly. It's tempting, played fairly briskly, to get lazy and start hammering and pulling off notes but it doesn't need that.

Note that it has two pick-up notes at the beginning - not included here due to space limitations - the D and open B as at the end of the first repetitions.
Boys Of Bluehill