This week we're starting in on a new song: Dark As A Dungeon by the great Merle Travis. The basics of this song are pretty straight forward - perhaps the most unusual (and coolest) thing about this song is the 5 bar phrase lengths that most of the song adheres to. Count it out loud and you'll see what I'm talking about. Despite rhythms related to 5 being unusual in western popular music, playing this song is very simple because the phrase structure follows the melody so clearly.
Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Dark As A Dungeon
Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Dark As A Dungeon
Loop 5:22 Introduction to Dark As A Dungeon
Loop 7:35 Breakdown of Song Structure, Rhtyhm and Chords
Loop 14:55 Closing Thoughts