Flatpick the Fiddle Tune “Blackberry Blossom”

by Scott Nygaard

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This version of the traditional fiddle tune “Blackberry Blossom” is associated with Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith, an early member of the Grand Ole Opry. It’s a popular tune in bluegrass, old-time, and Celtic circles; has been recorded extensively; and is included in numerous tune books. Guitarists Doc Watson, Norman Blake, Tony Rice, and Dan Crary all recorded versions of it in the 1970s, the dawn of the modern flatpicking era, and their versions are certainly responsible for its ubiquity among flatpickers’ repertoires. One pass through the song’s eight-measure A section is shown below.

Excerpted from Fiddle Tune Essentials

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