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Cowboys and Indians

This lesson is part of the course Bluegrass Banjo with Bill Evans.
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Cowboys and Indians
Cowboys and Indians
 

Bill Emerson recorded his great instrumental tune “Cowboys and Indians” in the 1970s when he was playing banjo with the Country Gentlemen, and Jim Mills has also recorded a version that is the basis for this lesson. “Cowboys and Indians” is in the key of C minor, and to play it you tune your banjo to drop-C tuning, with the low D string tuned down to C.


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