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How to play "Man of Constant Sorrow" on the guitar,
from the movie "O Brother Where Art Thou".
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This section is intended to help with the understanding of technique, rather than to teach the entire song. If you learn the first part, it requires little effort to complete the song.
This song is played in the key of "F". No one like to play in "F" especially, Bluegrass, and on thick strings. The "F" chord, on the guitar, ties up all of the fingers that normally could be used to pick out notes. Here is the trick! Put your capo on the first fret and play in the "E" position. You will be making an "F" sound, but the finger positions work much better. The chord positions that go with the "E" positions are "A" and "B", which will be a bar chord. Bar chords are typically not used in Bluegrass, but in this case, the style is a little different from the standard bluegrass. This song was sung by Dan Tyminski that sings and plays the guitar for Alison Kraus and Union Station. For all of their music and ability, I am truly thankful.
sorrow all through his days)
I've seen "B" trouble all my days "E"
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Finger Picking The Guitar
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