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John Henry

Performed by Earl Scruggs with Lester Flatt


Transcribed from a live show from the mid-1950s

G
5 0 2
C
0 0 5
5
5 0 2

0
2 3
0
0
0

0
0

0 0 0 0 0 0
2
0
M M M M M T I T M M
M T I M T S M I T M
T T T T

D
0
5 03
5 5 0 5 3 2 0 2 0 2
2 3

0
0
0
0 0
0 0
M M M M M I M M M M
T I M T H T I M T
T M T
T
G

5
5 0
5 0 2 0
0 0 0
2 3 0 0
5 0 0

0
0
0
0
2
0
0
M M M M M T I T I
T I M T S M I T M M M
T T T T

2 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 3 2 0 0 2 2 3 0
0 0 0 0 0
0
2 0 2 2
0
M I T P M T I T I
T I M I T M
M T T I T T S M I T M
H

D
0 0
0 0 3 0 0 0
0 0 2 0 0
2 0 3 2 2 3
0
2 3
2
0
2
0 0
T I M I T P M
T I M I T M T I M T M
S T T I T I M T
S

G
0

0 0 0
0 0 0 0
0
3 2 0 2 3 2 3 0
2 3 3
0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 2
M I M I PM T M M T
I H T I I T M
I M T T I M T T M I
S S

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Sittin on Top of the World

Allen Shelton with Jim & Jesse

G
C
0
0
0
1
0
2
0
2 3 3 0 3 0 3 0 2 0

0

0

0

0
2 3 2 3
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0
M
M M M I M T I M T I M T I M T M T I T M T I T M
I I I H T S S
T T T
C G
2
0 0 1 3 1 1 3
0 0 2 2 2 0 0
3 2 0 0 0 0 0
2 3 3
0
0 0
0
0
0
0
T P I T I M T I
T I T M T I
I M T I M T I M T I M T T M T I M
H

0
3 2 0 3 2
0 0 0 0 0
0 0 2 3 2 3 2 3
0 0 0 0
0 2 0 2
0 0 0
M T M T P I T P M
T I T T I T I T M T I T M T I T M
H S S S

D

0 0 0 0
5 2 0
0 0

0
0 0
0 2
0 0 0 0 0 2 3 2 3 0
2 5
0 0 2
0
0
0
2 0
T
T I M T I M T I T M T I T M JM T I T I M
H H I T M
S H T M M
T T P

G
5 2 0 5 0 0
3 0 0 3 0 0
0 0
0
0
0 2
T I M I M T I M T
T I M T M I T M
H

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Gold Rush

Key of A, capo 2 As played by Vic Jordan with Bill Monroe

G
0 0 0 2 0
A
C
0
0
0
1
0
2 .. 2 03 3 0
0
2 3 3 0 0
3 2
0
0
0

M M M

0
0
0
0 0 0
I PM T M
I I I
I M T I M T I M I M T I M T I M T I M T
H H

0 0
0
0
0
0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 2 3
0 0
0 2 2 05 2 0 2
0 0
T M I T M
T M T I M I T M T I M I T M T T I T M
S H S

D G G
0 0 0
1. 2.

3 2 0 0 2 0 0
0
0 .. 0 9
0 0 0 0
10
4
0 0 0 0
T P I T M T P I M T I T I
T T M T I M T M T M I

B G C G
0 2 0 0 0
.. 5 1
0 2 0
5 0 3 2 0 0
0 1 0 0 0
2 0 2
0 0
I M T I M I T P M
M T M I M I T M
T I M T T I T T
H

C G
0 2
0 5 5 0 1
0 9 0 2 0
2 3 0 2 3
0 10 1 0 0

0
0 0 0 M
I M T I I T I
I M T M I M
T I T I M T M I T T S
S

D G G
0 0
1. 2.

5 0 10 .
0 9 0
0 2 0 . 0 0
0
0
0 4
0 0 0
M
0
I T I I I I I
M T I M I T T M T M I T T

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Bye Bye Blues

Allen Shelton, Shelton Special

C A
2 1 1
C J 0 2 1
2
1 .. 5
2 5 5
5
5
5
0 1
2 2
1
0 1 1
1
1
1

M T T
0 0
0
0
T T M I T M T M I T M
I I M T I M T
I M T I M T I M
S

C
1 5 0 2 2
1 5 5 0 1
1 1 5 2
1 1 5 5 1 0
0
0
0
0
M I T M T M I T M T M I T M
T I M T I M T I M T

A D
2 2 2 2 0
2 2 2 05 4 05
2 2
2 2 2 2 4 5

0
0
0
I M T M
0
0
T M I T M M I T M
I M T T I M T H H T I M T

G
4 0 3 0 3 3
3 3 05 4 05
0 4
2
3 4 5 0 0

0 I M T M

0 0 I M T M
0
0
I M T I
M T I M H H T I M T T I M T

C B Dm G
3
1.

0
1
2
1
2
0
1 1
1
3
0
3
0
3
2 0
3
..
2 0
2 3

0 0 0
0
0 0
0
0
0
I M T I M
I M T I M T I M T I M T I M T I M T I M I M T
H T T

C A C
2 2 1 2 1 2 2
2.

2
1 1 1 1 1
1
1
2
1 1 1
2
1
1 2 0

M

0
0
0
M I M
0 0 0 M I
I T T M I T M T
I I M T I
T M T I M I T I M T
T

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Variation on meas. 4-5 Variation on meas. 8-9
A
1 1 1
A
2 2 2 2 2
1 1 1 1 1
1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2
3 3 4 4
2 2 2 2 2

M

0
M
0
T I M M T I T I M M T I
T I M T I T I T
M T I M T I T I T
M

ENDING

2 2 1 1 2
3.

2
1 1 1 1 1
1
1 4
1
2
1
2
1
2
1
1 2 0 2 2
0 0 0 0 0
2 2
0 0
M M I T M I M M
I I T I M T I
T M T I M I T P T (brush)
T T

Dixie Breakdown
Don Reno, April 6, 1954
G C
0 0 0 0
A
C 2 3 3 3
0

2 3
0
0
1

0
0
1 1
0 2
0
1
1
0 2
0
0 0 0 0 0 2
0
I T I M I T
I H T I M T I M T I M T T I M T I M T
I T H
M H
S T H

G D
0
3 3
0 0 0 0 0 0
2 3
2 4
0 2 2
0
2 0
0
0 0
0 0 0 4 4 4 0 2
I T I M I T
I H T I M T I M T I M T T M T I M T I T H
M
S T
G C
0 0 0
3 3 0 1 1 0 1 1 0
0 0 0 0 0
2 3 0
2 3 1

0 2 0 2 0 2
0 0 0 0 0
I M T
I H T I M T I M T I M T T I M T I M T
I
T I M T I
M H H
S T H

D G

0
0
0 0 0 0
2 2 2 3 2 3 2 0 0 3 2 0
0 0
3 4 4 4 0 2
0 0 0 0
M T I M I H I H T P T I
T S T I T P I T M T M T T M T I M
T

6
B G 12 9 C
12 10 5 5 3 0

12
12 0 12
10
0
9
8 0 8
7
0
5
5
0
3
5 0
2
1 1
0
1 0

T I M I T I M I T I M I T I M I T I M I T I M I T I M I T I M I

G D
0 12 12 0
12
12 9
9 8 0 7 8 0
10 7 7
7 7 0 5 7 0
5 4
4 3 0 2 3 0
12 10

T I M I T I M I T I M I T I M I T I M I T I M I T I M I T I M I

G C
12 0 12 12 0
12
9
9 8 0 7 8 0
10 5 5
5 5 0 3 5 0
2
2 1 1 0 0
0
12 10

T I M I T I M I T I M I T I M I T I M I T I M I T I M I T I M

D G

0 0
0
0 0 0
2 2 2 3 2 3 2 0 0 3 2 0
0 0
3 4 4 4 0 2
0 0 0 0
M T I M I H I H T P T I
T S T I T P I T M T M T T M T I M
T

Single String Break (first half of B part)


G C
7 7 0
9 10 9 7
8 10 8 0
7 9
10 8
8 9 9
7 8 8 8 8 10 8
7 8 9
10 8 9
10
T I T I T I T I T I T I T I T I T I T I I T I
T I T I I T I T T

G D
7 0
7 8 12 10
7 9 10 9 7 10 12 10 0
8 8 12 10
10 11
10
7 8 9
7 9 12 10 11 11
12
T I T I T I T I T I T I T I T I T I I I T M
T I I T T
T I T I T

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Old Home Place

J. D. Crowe and the New South

G B C
0 0
C 0 0
J0 0 2

0
2 3
0 0
0
2
4
2 4
4 4
4
4 0 0
1
0

2 3 0
0

0 0 0
2
I T M I T M M I T M
T T H T I M T T I M T T M
S T I T I M I
S S
H
G D

0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 3 2 0 0 2 2
0

0 2
0
2 5 4 4
4
2
0 0 0
M I T PM T I M
T I T T M T T M T I M T M I
T T I M T I M T I
S

G B C
0 0 0
2 0 0 3 2 0 0 1
0 0 4 4 0 0
2 3 2 4
4
0 2 3 0
0 4

4 0 2
4 0
0 2
0 0
I I M T P I T M M I T M
T M T T T T I T M
T I M T S T I T I M I T M
S S
H
G D G

0
0 2 0 0
0
0
0
0 3
0 0
32 2 3 2 3 2 0 2 0
2 3 0
0 0 0
0 2 0 2
M I T PM H I H T
I M I T I M T I
T T T M T P I T M I H I T M
T

0 0 0
0 2 3
0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 2 0 2 3 0 2 3 0 0 0
3

0
0
2 2 5
0 0 0 0
T I HM I PM T M M T
I M T T I S T I I M I T M T I M T I M
T S S

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Salt Creek

As played by Bill Keith with Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys

A G C F D

C 0
0 0
0
2 0 2
0 1
0

2 0
0

2 0
0
2 0
0

0

0 0
0 2 4 4 5 3 3 3 0
0 0
T I T I T M M
T T T M M M T
T S T I M T M I T T I T T I T T I T T

G C D G
0 0 0
0 1 3
0 0 3 2 0 0
0 2 0 2
0 2 3 0

4 5
3 2 3 2 0
0 0 0 0 0 0
T I T I T T I T M
I T I P
T S T I M T M I M P T I M T I M T P
T H

G C F D

0 1
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 2 0 2 2 0 0 2 0
0

2 5 3 3 0
0 0 0 0 0 0
T I T I T
M T M T M I T M T M
T S T I M T M I T T I I M T T
H

G C F D G

0 1 3 0 0
0 0 3 2 0 0
0 0
2 0 2
2 3 0
3 2 3 2 0
3 5
0 0 0 0
0
0
T I T I T T M T
I T I P
T S T I M T M I M P T I M T I M T P
T H

B G F
2 3 3
0
2 5 5 5 2 0 3 3 3
0 0
0 1 3 1 3 1
2

0 0 0
0 0
0
0
0
0
M I T
M S T M I T I M T I M T M I M T M I T M I T I M T I M T

G F D G
2 2 0
0 1 3 1
2 5 5 5 0 3 3 3
0 0 0 1 3
3 0
0 0 0 0
0
0 0
0 0
T
M S T M I I M T I M T M I M T M I T M I T I M T I T M
T T
H

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F
2
0
2 5 5 5 2 0 3 3 3 3 3
0
0
0 1 1 3 1 3 1
2
0 0 0
0
0
0 0 0 0
M M I T
I I
M S T M I T I M T I M T M I M T M I T M T T I M T
H

G F D G
2
0
2 5 5 5 2 0 3 3 3 0
0 0 0 1 3 1 3 1
3 0
0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
T T
M S T M I I M T I M T M I M T M I T M I T I M T I T M
T
H

Casey Jones
Tuning: ADGBD As played by Bobby Thompson, live tape (with Jim & Jesse?)

A D
0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C J
0
0
2
0
3


5 0
2

0 .
. 5 0
2

0
0
2 3 5
2
0
0
0 0
M I I M M M I M I I T M I T M
I I I T I M T
T T I M T I
H

E A D
0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0
4 0 0 0 2 2 0
5 2 3 5 5 0 0 0 1 0 1 1
3 2 2
0
0
0
0 0
I T I M M I T I M I M I
T I M T
I M T M T M T I I M T I M T M I
H H H

A D A D

1. 2.
0 0 0
5 0 .
0 0 0
2 0 2 . 2 0
2 3 0
2
0 2
0
0 0 0
M I T
M I M M
T I T T M I M T I T I T T T
T H

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B D 4
..
0 0
3
0 0 0 0 0
3
0 2 0 2
5 5
4 2 0 4 2 0
0 0 0
0 0 0
T M H M I M T M H
I T M H T I T I M T M I T M H T I
I I

A D
4 4 0
3
0 0 0 0 0 0
5 5 0 2
5 5
4
02
0 0 0 0
0
0
I
M I M M T M H M I M
T T I T M H T I T I M T M
I

A D A D

1. 2.

0 1 0 1 ..
2 2 0 0 0 0 0
2 0 2 0
1 2 3
2
0 2
0
0 0 0 0
T M T M T M T M H
I M T I M T M I T I T T I
H H I
T

ENDING
D
0 12 12 0 0
4 2 0 12
0 0 0 12 12 0
3 3 0 12 7
2 9 6

0
4 2 0
0
11
0
0
M I T M T P I I I M I T M T M
M T M T T M T M T I T
I S
T

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Clinch Mountain Backstep
Key of A, capo 2 As played by Ralph Stanley
G D
A
0 0 0
C 4 5 3 0 3 0 0

5 3 0
0
0 5 3
1
0
1 3 3 3
0
0
J S
0
M
0
P
0 0 0
M
0
M M I
0 0

M T M M T I M T I M T I T I M T I M T I M
T T T P H
G D G

1
3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5

5 3 0
3
3 0
0 0
0
0 0
0 0 2 2 5
0 0
M M M P T M I
T I
T T I M T I M T I M T I M T I M T T
P H S
D
5
3
0 0 0 0 5 3
0
0 0 0
3 0
1 3 0 1 2 3 3 3

0 0
0 0 0 0 0
M M M M I
M I M
T T M T I M T M T I T I M T I M T I M
H H
G D G

3
0
3 0 0
0
0
0 0
0 0

5 3
0
1 3
3 0
0 0
0
0 0
0
0
3 3 5
0 0
M M M P T M I
T T I M T I M T I M T I M T T I M T M
P H S T
B G
.. 0

0
0
0
0
0
0 0 2
0
3 5
0
0

0
1 3

0
3 0
3 3 5
0
0
0

0
3
4 0
1

T M M
I
T I M T I M T I M T I M T T I M T I M T I T
S H S
D G D

C 0
1 3

3
0


3
0


3 0 3 0


5 3
0


0
0



1
0
3

3
0
0
0

3
0 0 0 0 0 0 0
M M M P T M
I M T I M T I M T T I M T I M T I M T I M T
H P H
G

0

0
..

0
3 5
0

0 0
I
T I M T M
S T

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(Fiddle)
A G D
0 7 0 0 0 5 0
6 6 6 6
8 3 5 8
5 0 0 5
0
5 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8
I T M I M
T M T I M T I M T I M I T I T I M S T M T I M I T
I

G D G

6 6 6
8 0 7 0 0 0 0 0
5 0 5 5 5 0 0 0 0

0
0 0 0
8 8 8 8 3
0
0
I I
T M T I M T I M T I M I T I T M I T M I T I T T
I
M T I M

Little Maggie
As played by Bill Emerson with Jimmy Martin,
Good n Country Instrumentals

% G 0 F

C 2 3
0

0
.. 3 2 0 0

0
0



0
2 3 2 3

3
0


2
0

3
2
0


2
0

0 0 0 0 0 0
T P I T M I H T M
T I T M T I M T H T I M T I M T I M T I M
S

G D
0 0
3 2 0 0 03 2 03
0 0 0
2 0
2 3
0
0
2 0
32

0
0
0
0
0
T P I T M I M T M T PM
I M I H H I
T T I T M T I M T T
S

G

1. 2.


0
3 0
0 0

0
03
0
.. 0 0
0
0
0 2 0 2
0 2
0 0 0
0
T T I
T M T I M I T M M T I T M M M
S T S T T

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2nd BREAK
G F

.. 0 0 0
0
0
0
0
0
0 0 0 0 0

3 5 3 5 3 50
0 0 0
0 3 5 3 5 3 5
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
T I T I T M T M T I T M T M T M T I T I S M T I T I S M T I T M
S S T S T S

G D G
0
0 0
0
0 0 0
0
0
0 0

0

0
0
0
..

0
3 5 3
0
0 3
2 3
0
2 3 0
2 0
0

0 0 0 0
M I T M T I
M I
T I M T M I T M T I M T S T M T I S T M M M
S H P T T

G 3rd BREAK F
0 0
3 3
0 0 0 0 0 0
2 3 2 3 2 3 2 3 5 6 5 6 6 5 6 5 6 6

I H T M

0 0 I H T M

0
0
I H T M
0
0
I H T M
0
0
H T I M T H T I M T H T I M T H T I M T

G D G

2 3 2 3
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 2 0 2 3 0 2 3 0 0

I H T M
0 0 2 0
0 0 0 2 0
0
0 0
M I I M T
H I T M T I T M
T I M T I M T T S M M
P P S P T T

G F
0 0
0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0
2 3 2 3 2 3 2 3 5 6 5 6 6 5 6 5 6 6

I H T M

0 0 I H T M

0
0
I H T M
0
0
I H T M
0
0
H T I M T H T I M T H T I M T H T I M T

G D G D.S.

2 3 2 3
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 2 0 2 3 0 2 3 0 0 2 3
0

I H T M

0
0
2 0
0 0 0 2 0
0 0
M I I I M I T
H T I M T T M T I M T T T M M T I T M
S
P P S P T S
(Return to 1st Break)

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Dougs Tune

Music by Douglas Dillard

A D G
0 2 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 2 0
C 2
2 0
1 1 1
2
2 0
11 1
0
2 0
0 0 0
0
2 0
0 0 0

T M P M P I T M P M P I T M P M P I T M P M P I
I I I I I I I I

D G
0 2 0 0 5 4 2
2 2
2 0 2 0 5 4 2 0
11 1 10 0 0 0 0
0 0

0 0
0
T M P M P I T M P I T M I T
I I I M I M T M I M T M I M T

D G
0 2 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 2 0
2 2 0 0 0 0
2 0 2 0
11 1 11 1 0 0 0 0

T M P M P I T M P M P I T M P M P I T M P M P I
I I I I I I I I

C G D
0 2 0
1 1
0 0 0 0
0 2 05 3 3 2
1 0 0
0 2 2
0 2
0
0
0
T I M I T P M
I T
T H M I T M T I T I M T I M I M T
S

G

0 0
0 0
0
0 2 4 0 0 0 0
0
2
0 0
T I
T M T I M I T M T M T I M
S

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B D G
0 0 0 0 0
1 1
0 0 0
2 0 2 3 4
1 1 1 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 2
2 3 0
4 2
0
T I M I T I M I T I M I T I M I T I M I
T I M I T I M I T I M I

D G
0
2 1 1 1 1 1
0 0 0

1
2 3 2 3 2 3 2 3 3 2 0
4 2 0 0
0 0 2
T I M I I H I H I H I P I
T I M I T I M I T T
M
T I H T

D G
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
1 1
2 0 2 3 4
1 1 1 1 1 1 0
0 1 1 2 2 3 0
4 2
0
T I M I T I M I T I M I T I M I T I M I
T I M I T I M I T I M I

C G D
2 0
1 3 0
0 0 0 0 0
0 2 0 2 0 0 0 2 3 2
1 0
2 0 2 5
0 0
I T M T P I M M I T P M
T H T T I T I T I M
M T I M T
S

G
0 0 0
0
0

0
2 4 0
0
0 0
0 0 0
2
T I
T M T I M I T M T M T I M
S

Transcription: Tony Trischka Inscription: John Roberts

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