So, this has been suggested by both our banjo and fiddle player as a song they would really like to start playing in our somewhat ad hoc band. I tacitly agreed, somewhat because it's something of a standard, so it seems worth learning, and for the simple fact that I am hands down the worst musician in the group and sort've feel awkward turning down a song suggestion from two of our strongest players.
My issue with the song is the B part. The A part I can play just fine, and can hear enough of a melody that I can whistle it. The B-part though...
First off, I have a hard time telling if there's even much of a melody. I've probably played over a dozen versions today and I still have a hard time finding a strong, unique, melodic thread on that B-part. The version in the Bluegrass Fakebook sounds nothing like the Monroe version, in regards to the B-part, and IMO doesn't sound that great period. I've played a couple of versions from the mandozine tabs and I'm still not entirely happy with them; some are just too complicated for me to get up to speed, and the Monroe tab doesn't sound much like his break at all, at least on the recording I have from the Music of Bill Monroe box set. At the very least, Monroe uses a lot more double stops than the mandozine tabs show for his break.
How do you folks who play this tune approach that B-part? Any advice on ways to preserve some economy of motion? At the speed we're probably going to end up doing it, the less note-y I can make it the better. Looking for some ways to use chord shapes and double stops to make it easier. Also, since there seems so to be so little melody, I figure the tune lends itself well to some ample use of chord fills.