More transcriptions of Earl's Guitar Music

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Posted by Mike Joyce on October 01, 19102 at 10:54:37:

I have sent to my friend, Jack Baker, for posting on his site, a copy of Earl Scruggs' Guitar Medley. I took a bunch of Earl's full breaks and turnarounds and created this medley. I used the tab program TablEdit which produces a ".TEF" file (for TablEditFile) and has a midi output so that you can also hear the tab on the computer. TablEdit is free program and there also is a program TEFview that will print and play the file. Without either of these programs, you will not be able to do anything with the file.

I took an average of the keys and found that the key of A (with the capo on the 5th fret) was a good compromise. I also adjusted the tempo on a few of the pieces so that the turnarounds would blend in a little better. In the notes I have the original keys and tempos for the purists.

After doing this medley, I found some additional pieces (well, I knew them, but I didn't have a copy of them here in Qatar.) I decided that if this is pretty popular, I'll do a second medley. But at over 3 minutes, this one is long enough.

The tunes here are:
1. *Intro: God Loves His Children (opening turnaround)

2. *God Loves His Children (First break)

3. *Intro: I'm Walking with Him (Second guitar turnaround)

4. *Who Will Sing For Me? (Opening break)

5. *Intro: I'm Working on a Road (Second break)

6. *Let the Church Roll On (Opening and third break)

7. *It Won't Be Long

8. *Paul and Silas (Both breaks)

9. *Intro: I'm Working on a Road (Opening turnaround)

10. *You Can Feel It in Your Soul (2nd Version, both guitar breaks)

11. *Ending: Paul and Silas

There was so much stuff that Earl did on the TV program that never got recorded like a fingerstyle version of "Are You Washed In the Blood of the Lamb?" and a Mama Maybelle style "Little Church in the Wildwood." Not to mention the all time greatest fingerstyle version of the Nine Pound Hammer. Hopefully, the Old Martha White shows will be reissued or replayed.

I've wanted to do this for years and well, here it is. Let me know about all the gotcha's (like I have to ask, right?) I hope this is as enjoyable to work with as it was to transcribe.

Best regards,


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