Song Example

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Playthrough with Tablature

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Backing Track

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East Tennessee Blues Guitar Lesson

“East Tennessee Blues” is a traditional country rag that was first recorded in 1926 by Charlie Bowman with the Hill Billies.The song was around prior to Bowman’s recording and it has also been known as Hey Mr. Muskrat, Honeysuckle, Honeysuckle Rag, Huckleberry Blues, and Poca River Blues. This song’s bluesy melody has made it a favorite among several well-known bluegrass artists such as Doc Watson, Bill Monroe, Jack Lawrence, Michael Daves, Sierra Hull, and more.

In this guitar lesson, I’ll teach you how to play a bluegrass flatpicking guitar arrangement for “East Tennessee Blues” that fits nicely over the song’s rhythm chord progression. Practice it slowly at first and increase your speed in increments to develop your flatpicking technique.