|Pickin’ the Devil’s Eye, Part 1: Melody
Pickin’ the Devil’s Eye, Part 1: Melody
The tune “Pickin’ the Devil’s Eye” comes from Mississippi fiddler Enos Canoy, who had a bluesy, syncopated style of fiddling. Bruce’s version of “Pickin’ the Devil’s Eye” has evolved since he first learned it and the tune has a become a vehicle for different ways of creating rhythm on the fiddle. It also is played in an unusual tuning, A E A C#, which is sometimes called “Black Mountain Rag” tuning. Bruce plays “Pickin’ the Devil’s Eye” through a few times, with some of his variations, and then breaks down the basic three-part melody. The third part of the tune includes string plucks or pizzicato, which Bruce plays with his ring finger.
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