Mar 29, 2012
Yesterday, music legend Earl Scruggs passed away of natural causes in a Nashville hospital.
In 1945, Bill Monroe invited 21-year-old Earl Scruggs to play the banjo in his band, and bluegrass music hasn’t been the same since. Scruggs innovated, mastered, and popularized a style of playing the banjo that is now the standard among bluegrass banjo players.
Scruggs-style banjo is played with picks on the thumb, index and middle fingers…. The strings are picked rapidly in repetitive sequences or rolls….
The music is generally syncopated, and may have a subtle swing or shuffle feel, especially on mid-tempo numbers. The result is lively, rapid music, which lends itself both as an accompaniment to other instruments and as a solo.
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