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Bill Cheatham, Part 2: Melodic Style

This lesson is part of the course Bluegrass Banjo with Bill Evans.
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Bill Cheatham, Part 2: Melodic Style
Bill Cheatham, Part 2: Melodic Style
 
You’ll learn Bill’s melodic-style arrangement of “Bill Cheatham” in this video. Bill starts by reminding you of the G major scale played melodic style, and then walks you through each part of “Bill Cheatham” phrase by phrase.

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