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Free Monthly Newsletter Lesson - January 2014

"Nine Pound Hammer"

Arranged for Flatpicking Guitar Magazine by Mickey Abraham

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Hello and welcome once again to Flatpicking Guitar Magazine’s free lesson portion of our newsletter. Happy new year to all you e-flatpickers out there. Thismonth I offer a cool bluegrass kick-off to the old song “Nine Pound Hammer.”
“Nine Pound Hammer” is a tune made famous by many notable flatpickers like George Shuffler and Tony Rice to name a few. My lesson arrangement is an homage to all the great versions I have heard over the years. It Includes all the important melody notes along with a few licks to spice it up.To play along with the lesson recording you’ll want to have your capo at the second fret. Most fiddle and mandolin players will play this song out of the key of A which is why I chose to record “Nine Pound Hammer” in A. The use of playing A songs out of G position is very popular amongst us flatpickers.I hope you enjoy working on this cool kick-off and adding it into your list of songs. As always if you have any questions or comments on this e-lesson just drop me a line at michabraham@comcast.net




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