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Dark As A Dungeon

Learning the Song

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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:
Chris Eldridge
Dark As A Dungeon
Merle Travis
Johnny Cash

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Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Dark As A Dungeon


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 5:22 Introduction to Dark As A Dungeon

Loop 7:35 Breakdown of Song Structure, Rhtyhm and Chords

Loop 14:55 Closing Thoughts





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judson Nov 26, 2016

yup, I probably did hear Jerry's version first then Wallers and Cash's... 

Bryan Mabe
Bryan Mabe Nov 26, 2016

I'm thinking Jerry Garcia



judson Nov 25, 2016

Charlie Waller... thanks for dropping that name... Its a great song but I'm not sure who's voice I associate it with.  I was hoping for a better birthday song from you but I guess this will do since its Black Friday.

Chris Eldridge
Chris Eldridge Dec 07, 2016

All versions here are pretty classic...

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