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Brown’s Ferry Blues

Lesson ID: A0161

“Brown’s Ferry Blues” was originally written in the early 1900s by The Delmore Brothers. Over the course of their careers, the Delmores wrote more than one thousand songs, including “Brown’s Ferry Blues”, “Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar”, and “Fifteen Miles from Birmingham”. The Delmore Brothers grew up in a musical home as their mother, Mollie Delmore, wrote and sang gospel songs for their church. The Brothers blended gospel-style harmonies with the faster paced guitar parts of traditional folk music and blues to help create the still-emerging country genre.

In this guitar lesson, you’ll learn a guitar arrangement in the style of “Brown’s Ferry Blues” by The Delmore Brothers. This particular arrangement is also inspired by Doc Watson and Billy Strings. We’ll cover an intermediate guitar break, an easier guitar break for the beginner country & bluegrass pickers, and the rhythm guitar progression. After you master the guitar arrangements, practice your picking over the backing track in the key of G.

Overview

Intermediate Break

Video 1 – Intermediate Break Playthrough with Tablature

Video 2 – Intermediate Break Full Breakdown

Easy Break

Video 1 – Easy Break Playthrough with Tablature

Video 2 – Easy Break Full Breakdown

Rhythm Breakdown

Video Start Time Lesson Topic
00:00 min Chord Progression Overview
00:56 min Instrumental Break Chord Progression
02:27 min Chord Progression to Backup Vocals
05:09 min Chords and Lyrics Example
12:23 min Strumming Pattern 1
14:57 min Strumming Pattern 2
17:44 min Chord Transition Bass Line Walk 1
21:09 min Chord Transition Bass Line Walk 2
23:36 min Chord Transition Bass Line Walk 3
26:23 min “Brown’s Ferry Blues” Song Structure

Backing Track

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Scooter d.
Scooter d.(@scooter)
4 years ago
Reply to  Devin

This is excellent Devin. Thank you for your continued time and efforts to share your technique.

Jocelyn
Jocelyn(@jocelyn)
4 years ago

Always good…thanks Devin! Snowtime is coming soon here and it’s time to play country guitar as much as I can.

Jocelyn
Jocelyn(@jocelyn)
4 years ago

I really like your Doc Watson’s arrangements Devin it helps me to improve my guitar skills…again thanks lot!

Alex
Alex(@alexcontinilive-co-uk)
4 years ago

Thanks Devin, this arrangement is simply stunning. What a great sound. Question: If you had to choose between a mid range active pick up (say an M1 Baggs) and a good clip on guitar mic (prodipe GL21), which one would you use to get the best acoustic sound without effects at a small indoor venue?

Alex
Alex(@alexcontinilive-co-uk)
3 years ago
Reply to  Devin

Hey Devin, I just saw your reply 3 weeks on! Not sure how I missed it. Anyway I will definitely try the K&K Pure mini as you’re the third person to recommend it over other pick ups for natural sound output. I will keep you posted. I have just bought myself a Roland AC33. It’s a great little amp and am very pleased with it. The GL21 guitar mic does not come through ‘clean’ enough I find, even with guitar channel volume ramped up. It’s sort of muffled. Vocals are crisp and clear. Also the GL21 isn’t active and requires… Read more »

Justin
Justin(@infoyounggloves-co-uk)
4 years ago

Great song, love Doc Watson.
It would be really awesome to have the solo played through at a good speed so we can hear how it should sound and then be able to play alongside of it?

Justin
Justin(@infoyounggloves-co-uk)
4 years ago
Reply to  Devin

That’s awesome thanks Devin playing though this quite well now, although getting the words out quickly is proving very hard.
I really don’t know how these guys play so fast and manage to get sing at the same time.
More practice I guess lol.

Alex
Alex(@alexcontinilive-co-uk)
4 years ago

That guitar of yours keeps sustaining forever! Just listen the the harmonics at the end. Bellissimo!

Gentry
Gentry(@gentry)
3 years ago

New member here. Man you have, by far, the best guitar lesson site online that I have seen! Really excellent instruction. Excellent.