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    Hey Folks,
    I've been trying to learn or rather want to learn Biscuits and Gravy. I've been listening to a version of Don Julian's and I just can't get it started by ear. Extremely frustrating. So I've been looking for tab or standard and can't find anything. If you can help let me know, would you. Thanks ---Gary

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    Get ahold of Mike Black at his website for Black mandolins.. he is a great guy and would gladly steer you to a source for his tunes.
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    I'm sure if you emailed Don he would set you up.

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    I looked at this tune tonight, and thought it was cool. I transcribed the first A section of it, maybe that's enough to get you going. I may try to learn this one myself eventually. Here's a PDF and a TEF file

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    This tune was calling my name this evening. I decided to look at the tab I'd written and try using it as a practice exercise. It seems to be a bunch of blues/bluegrass licks played over the I, IV, V of G major. The licks themselves are like finger busters to me, hard to navigate. Anyway, I've decided to use this as a practice routine, and if I ever get it down I'll probably go back to Don's recording and try to learn the whole piece.

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    OK, I don’t know what that has to do with it, but here’s a way to at least hear it played.
    Problem Solved/Biscuits and Gravy
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    Off the recording; Acoustic Potluck

    YouTube audio only with the tunesmith and ace mandolin builder himself on mandolin. Full disclosure- Mike Black is a friend of mine, also built my A4. Biscuits and Gravy is a joyful finger buster. Problem Solved is pure joy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Snyder View Post
    OK, I donít know what that has to do with it
    Geez Mike, I suppose you're referring to my two posts, the tab and the practice video? If so, I'm happy to explain. OP says he was "trying to learn" Don Julin's version and "just can't get it started by ear. Extremely frustrating."

    So, I listened to Don Julin's version and did my best to write the gist of what he plays at the start, working by ear. I've become interested in the song and last night started using the first part as a practice routine and recorded it. I didn't claim that was the original recording or that I have mastered the tune, far from it. At any rate, pretty straightforward, that's what it has to do with it. Full disclosure: I do not know the author, Mike Black, from Adam.

    This is the Don Julin recording that I heard:



    However it may be painful for you to hear, I like to try and learn stuff by ear - and I don't know Mike - so perhaps you can contact your buddy and post a TAB for us.

    Didn't intend to cause an issue here but I'm also not the type to tuck my tail and not particularly embarrassed about revealing my lack of talent by posting godawful videos from time to time.
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    Looked up the audio you mentioned Mike, great stuff!

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    That tune doesn't sound a bit like the "Don Julin version" (though I think it's terrific - both Problem Solved and Biscuits and Gravy there are awesome). So I can see now why you must have thought I was off my rocker with what I was playing.

    In my view (as mentioned above) the Don Julin piece seems to be a bunch of blues/bluegrass licks played over the I, IV, V of G major. As such, probably don't really belong in the Old Time forum. I'm partial to Old Time music, but played blues guitar for many years and I do like the Don Julin tune. Probably will keep practicing that one and maybe be able to play it some day. At any rate, I still think the TAB I gave above could help someone at least get started on Don's tune.
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    Yeah, thereís a whole big difference there. I was not aware. I play the Mike Black stuff about once a year at a big festival. He writes challenging tunes. Most of them certainly challenge me. I meant no disrespect.
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    No worries Mike, I can see that now that I've heard Mike's playing. We were looking at two different things. At this point I'm not sure what the OP wanted, though he did mention Don Julin. Life is good; put it to music!
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