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Banjo Lessons: Dock Boggs Part 2: “Coke Oven March”

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[MUSIC]
Here's a tune that Dock Boggs recorded
later on in his second career, and this
appears on the Folkways Double CD Set.
And hopefully, as you're watching this,
there are still CDs to be had in this
world.
But anyway, it's from the second batch of
recordings for Folkways Records.
It's called Coke Oven March, and it's kind
of a pleasant tune.
It's in D tuning.
And that's exactly the same tuning that
Earl Scruggs uses for Reuben.
Start with a D on the first string.
And that stays the same.
This is G tuning we're starting from.
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And then the second string goes from
B down to A
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Which we also did for Pretty Polly.
Third string, though, instead of staying
in G goes down to F-sharp.
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Down a half step.
The fourth string stays the same in D.
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The fifth string goes down a half step
from G down to F-sharp.
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So here's Coke Oven March.
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So, this is a fun tune, 'cuz it has the
harmonics.
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At the twelfth fret, where you're just
touching the strings right over the fret,
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Just as a little reminder,
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Without pressing down.
So let me slow it down for you.
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And he's using the three finger style,
kind of an inside forward roll.
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Then he just bars with the index, well,
I'm not sure which finger honestly, but I
use the index, and
I use my middle finger on top of it just
to add a little pressure.
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For the D-chord.
Do a little pinch at the end of the second
and third strings.
Back to D.
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On to the A where you're gonna bar at
the seventh fret.
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Open.
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Bar at the fifth fret for the G.
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Sorry.
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And then up to A.
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Back to D.
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And then, the chorus is.
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Bar.
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So there's a slide here.
I'm not sure what finger he used, but I'm
using the ring, you could use the middle.
Doesn't matter.
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So these are two eighth notes.
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And then, I,
I brush with the back of my middle finger.
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Which is why it's better if you
don't use picks.
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Then bar at the fifth fret.
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Another slide with
a quarter note before it.
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And a little tied note, but.
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Okay, here it is one more time up to speed
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