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    Default Bluegrass Tunes with 6 2 5 1 progression

    Hey everyone

    So I'm looking around to find bluegrass standards or "new standards" that have a 6 2 5 1 change in them. I know Salty Dog Blues is basically a 1 6 2 5 1 song (G E A D G) and I know a bunch of tunes that use 2 5 1 (like the B part of Old Home Place) but I can't think of any others that use 6 2 5 1.

    Note, I'm not looking for non-bluegrass songs that use 6 2 5 1 and would sound good as bluegrass (frankly I think you can play anything with a bluegrass feel and make it sound better haha) - I'm looking specifically for songs that you might hear in a jam (even if they aren't super common)

    Any thoughts?
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    A lot of people in these parts play Sweet Georgia Brown at jams and pretend it is a bluegrass song.

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    Same with Lady Be Good and Limehouse Blues. I'll allow it
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    Don’t Let Your Deal Go Down…

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    Alabama Jubilee?
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    I know what it means to be lonesome is one of my favorites for this progression.


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    Well, seeing as how all the ones that popped into my head right off have been mentioned already - "Salty Dog," "Deal" - plus a few others that incorporate the progression though feature other chord patterns - "Alabama Jubilee," "Sweet Georgia Brown," "Limehouse Blues" (I don't think "Lady Be Good" does, though) - I'll just give my blessings to those and go off on a slight tangent.

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    Scruggs tune Dear Old Dixie incorporates it. The end of Kentucky Waltz and Beaumont Rag use it. So does Peach Pickin' Time in Georgia though that one is not exactly bluegrass.

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    Cincinnati Rag, with a variant on the B part.

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    Default Re: Bluegrass Tunes with 6 2 5 1 progression

    Most of the tunes mentioned have not been "6-2-5-1"

    Most have been V/V/V - V/V - V -I in terms of actual chord changes; D7 -G7 - C7 - F.

    vi-ii-V-I would be Dm - Gm - C - F

    Just a technical point.

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    Default Re: Bluegrass Tunes with 6 2 5 1 progression

    Well, technically ... But these tunes are not enharmonic, to be sure; they follow the VI7 - II7 - V7 - I pattern so common in swing music from the 1920s-1930s. I'm pretty sure that's what the OP meant.
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    Default Re: Bluegrass Tunes with 6 2 5 1 progression

    Quote Originally Posted by DavidKOS View Post
    Most of the tunes mentioned have not been "6-2-5-1"

    Most have been V/V/V - V/V - V -I in terms of actual chord changes; D7 -G7 - C7 - F.

    vi-ii-V-I would be Dm - Gm - C - F

    Just a technical point.
    Diatonically, sure but technically speaking, saying "5 of 5 of 5, to the 5 of 5, to the 5 to the 1" is just a complicated way of say "major 6 2 5 1".
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