Tune of the week: Red Haired Boy October 7, 2020 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. 7 responses to “Tune of the week: Red Haired Boy” Nice Log in to Reply 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’. Log in to Reply Thank you so much for the info. I am clearly new to bluegrass… but love the tunes! Log in to Reply excellent! I noticed the one fiddler just was playing…chords, maybe…while the other fiddler played the tune? can you clarify Jason please? Log in to Reply Good fun! Making music. Log in to Reply Love this! They are awesome! Log in to Reply Great band and I love the stand up bass. Red-Haired Boy is one of the first tunes I learned with my fiddle group, and I thought, “OMG will I ever get that down” …lol…And I did, yayyyyy Thanks for posting! Loved it. linda Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.