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Robert’s Serenade, Part 1: Melody

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ROBERT’S SERENADE  
 
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Robert’s Serenade, Part 1: Melody
Robert’s Serenade, Part 1: Melody
 
Robert Sykes is one of the lesser-known fiddlers from the Round Peak area of Virginia. He’s probably best known for a unique version of “Black-Eyed Suzie” as well as his tune “Robert’s Serenade,” which is in AEAE tuning and closely related to “Clinch Mountain Backstep.” It’s a crooked tune with a number of syncopated five-beat phrases, and Bruce starts by getting you to feel those phrases, and then walking you through the melody slowly.

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