Blackberry Blossom

You are probably familiar with the popular fiddle tune Blackberry Blossom, but here is a Monroe-style version. As far as I know Bill Monroe did not record Blackberry Blossom commercially. However, he played the tune in his mandolin workshop session at the first bluegrass festival at Roanoke VA in 1965. The tab below consists of licks which I have culled from that arrangement. It's interesting how Bill moulds this very melodic tune to his individual style of mandolin playing. He rips through at a rapid clip, around 150 half note beats per minute, with Peter Rowan pounding frantically on guitar to keep up with him through the quick chord changes.

Have fun with this version of Blackberry Blossom. I love it, though I'm not quite up to speed yet!


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