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Under The Double Eagle

Melody Breakdown

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Under The Double Eagle > Melody Breakdown

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

Hello All, This week we will begin working on the melody to the A part of Under the Double Eagle. The melody itself is very simple so the essential thing for you to learn from this lesson is how to incorporate Norman’s accomanimental strums into how you play the melody. Basically, you want to establish a mechanism that is loose and insistent, and that is in motion at all times; kind of the way you play rhythm guitar. In fact, if it makes things easier, you can simply think of this melody as a bass line that you would incorporate into your strumming if you were just playing rhythm guitar.





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Print Print Chords & Tab

Loop 0:00 Run-Through of Melody


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Loop 0:45 Breakdown of Melody

Loop 16:02 Closing Thoughts and Outro





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Richard Frank
Richard Frank Nov 26, 2022

I can remember playing Under The Double Eagle in high school marching band back in the late fifties.  The tune was written by Austrian composer  Josef Wagner but was popularized in this country by, as you surmised, John Philip Sousa.  There is an intro to the main melody in the march version  and Norman Blake includes his nterpretation of it in his recorded version.  This lesson really is fun and and it sounds great if you are playing without rhythm accompaniment.  Thanks.  

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