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Clinch Mountain Backstep on Guitar

In honor of the bluegrass pioneer Ralph Stanley, we’ve added some new guitar lessons from Bryan Sutton on "Clinch Mountain Backstep”. Ralph was a bluegrass pioneer who passed away in early June, and is well known for his work with his brother, Carter. Together the Stanley Brothers helped forge a large amount of what we now consider bluegrass classics. Ralph's vocal and banjo sound evokes a very lonesome quality in bluegrass.

"Clinch Mountain Backstep" has been a jam standard for many years and we hope you have fun learning it, or trying out the variations. Bryan has recorded different versions for the Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced levels in the curriculum - and for each version you'll find PDF tab/notation and play-along backing tracks available on the lesson pages. 

If you’re a member of Bryan's school and logged in, just click the links above to go right to the new lesson pages. RIP, Ralph Stanley!

 clinch mountain backstep - advanced guitar lesson

For anyone not a member, you’re missing out! Bryan is always adding new lessons and recording new Video Exchanges® for his students online at ArtistWorks. 

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