Sitting On Top Of The World

Sitting On Top Of The World is a blues song popularised in the early 1930s by the Mississippi Sheiks, a black string band. It was taken up by the Western swing outfits and later by the bluegrass bands, following the example of Bill Monroe's recording in 1957 (I'm Sitting On Top Of The World). Bluegrassers have speeded it up and changed around the chord sequence a bit, but the song is still best thought of as a 16-bar blues.

I've tabbed a couple of breaks here which I play with our band, Monroe's Revenge. Speed is around half note = 112-120 bpm, sort of medium pace for a bluegrass song.


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