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Boll Weevil

Melody on a Single String

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Boll Weevil > Melody on a Single String

Hello All!

This week we’ll be taking a look at how you can play the melody in two octaves, both with a different low D drone note. The challenge with this is making the jumps in your left hand on a single string sound smooth and not staccato. It can be useful to isolate specific shifts and loop them. Pretty straightforward stuff, but let me know if you have any questions!







Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Boll Weevil Melody


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 0:29 Breakdown of Boll Weevil Melody

Loop 8:00 Boll Weevil Melody Down Low

Loop 10:10 Closing Thoughts





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mathis haug
mathis haug Nov 01, 2020

Hey Chris 

I love this song, and specialy your arrangement of it. I'm a little confused with the mixed meter in the song, the on and off beats, and I guess it's one of the reasons the theme is such an  ear worm. 

Any way you could explain it to us ? 




Chris Blankner
Chris Blankner Mar 01, 2018

Hey Chris

been listening to Dawg and T.  Any chance a lesson could be on the horizon for I don’t want your mandolin mister?

lovely tune.

PS:  thoughts on the pre war guitar company 

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Mar 05, 2018

Sure, it's a lovely tune! Have you seen the video from that recording on youtube? It is sublime!!! The whole thing is great and you should watch it. This link will take you directly to "I Don't Want Your Mandolins Mister."

I haven't played any of the pre war guitar company guitars, but I know Ben Maschal and have played a couple of guitars he built before this company was started. He's an excellent builder and I'm very happy for any success he's been having.

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