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Foggy Mountain Breakdown, Part 1

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Foggy Mountain Breakdown  
 
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Foggy Mountain Breakdown, Part 1
Foggy Mountain Breakdown, Part 1
 
Earl Scruggs’s banjo tune “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” is probably the most famous bluegrass banjo instrumental. Flatt and Scruggs recorded it in 1949 and it was featured in the 1967 hit movie Bonnie and Clyde. In this lesson you’ll learn exactly how Earl played “Foggy Mountain Breakdown,” starting with the well-known opening lick, which is played with the “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” roll. If you haven’t learned that roll yet, it’s probably a good idea to go back to the lesson on that roll and learn it first, although Bill does review it in this lesson. Then Bill takes the opening lick apart note for note, playing it slowly both with the double hammer-on featured in “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” and without. Bill also gives you advice on playing the fretted pull-off in the third measure. You’ll also learn the last two measures of “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” in this first lesson.

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