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Nashville Blues

First Solo - The Power of Patterns

We're re-issuing one of Chris's most popular lessons with re-mastered video and updated loop points. From Chris: 

One of the hallmarks of flatpicking is a steady stream of 16th notes. If you took each individual note in a flatpicking tune (or even one solo) as it's own little event, the amount of information would be overwhelming! So it's very important to look for and find patterns. Once you understand a pattern there is so much less information to be reckoned with.

This week we're going to look at Norman Blake's first solo from The Nashville Blues. It's a great case study in patterns both physical and melodic. It's also just weird, wonderful and funky! Take your time with learning this and really make sure you can recognize the patterns that I point out. Take it slow and strive for tone.




Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:

Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Nashville Blues Solo


Download the Sheet Music PDF


Loop 0:18 Norman Blake's Approach to Soloing on Nashville Blues

Loop 4:46 Breakdown of Solo

Loop 21:05 Closing Thoughts






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