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Brown County Breakdown, Part 1

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Learn fiddle in the styles of Kenny Baker, Stuart Duncan, Vassar Clements, Bobby Hicks, and other bluegrass greats by learning classic tunes, with improvisation exercises and advanced techniques.
 
 
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Brown County Breakdown  
 
Brown County Breakdown  
 
Brown County Breakdown, Part 1
Brown County Breakdown, Part 1
 
Bill Monroe’s fiddle tune “Brown County Breakdown” is a three-part tune in the key of E, so it’s great for working on playing in the key of E, using the first finger “capo” position. Before teaching the melody to “Brown County Breakdown,” Chad shows you a great warm-up exercise with open strings, designed to help you get even, consistent tone with your bowing arm. Then he plays “Brown County Breakdown” through and starts taking apart the A section, which mostly uses the E major pentatonic scale.

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