Tune of the week: Red Haired Boy

Here’s a version of Red Haired Boy by 2007-2008 Bluegrass & Old-Time String Band Ensemble in the Ethnomusicology department at UCLA.

I teach a simple version of this tune in this lesson.

6 responses to “Tune of the week: Red Haired Boy

    1. cmck, in a bluegrass band or a bluegrass jam situation, it is normal, and common courtesy, that one instrument takes turns playing the lead, while the the other instruments play backup. Backup can be played in several ways, from straight rhythm, to chops, to bowing the chords, just to name a few. It acts as fill-in behind the person playing lead, or as it’s called in bluegrass as ‘taking a break’.

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