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What are your Top Ten song lessons?

Ben just announced the 2020 Camp, and this year we want to give everyone plenty of time to learn a bunch of songs so we can all jam together. So, what are your top 10 favorite song lessons on Ben’s site? Even if you’re not planning to attend the camp, I’d appreciate your input. We’ll use your recommendations to build a list to send to all the campers so we can show up and hit the ground picking.

Thanks!

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In no particular order, off the top of my head:

  1. BlackBerry blossom
  2. John Henry
  3. John Hardy
  4. Arkansas traveler
  5. Under the Double Eagle
  6. I have decided to follow Jesus
  7. Cherokee Shuffle
  8. Temperance reel
  9. Wabash Cannonball
  10. Will the circle be unbroken
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Wabash Cannonball
Lonesome Road Blues
Black Mountain Rag (in C all instruments)
Salt Creek
Amazing Grace (something slower)
I have decided to follow Jesus
Will the circle be unbroken
Ol’ Joe Clark
Wayfaring Stranger
The Entertainer
John Henry
Red River Valley

Dang, that’s 12, but I can’t remove them, they’re all so good!

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Great starts! Keep 'em coming!

Do you want 10 in addition to the 10 that Ben assigns for the camp?

If so, will the same 10 from last year be the same 10 for the next one?

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My favs to practice/play… sorry yeah it’s not a top ten exactly :slight_smile:

Beginner Track:
Old Joe Clark
Wreck of the Old 97
Unclouded Day
Cripple Creek
Nine Pound Hammer

Intermediate Track:
Leaning On The Everlasting Arms
John Henry
Bury Me Beneath the Willow
Keep on the Sunny Side
In the Sweet By-and-By
Cherokee Shuffle
Life’s Railway to Heaven
Bill Cheatham
Black Mountain Rag
I am A Pilgrim
Fireball Mail
Jesus Loves Me
Red Haired Boy
Salt Creek

Advanced Track:
Lonesome Road Blues
Red River Valley
Grandfather’s Clock
John Hardy
Will the Circle Be Unbroken
Saint Anne’s Reel
Arkansas Traveler
Cumberland Gap
Cattle in the Cane
Shenandoah Breakdown

So, a top ten for me from all of that:
Lonesome Road Blues
John Henry
Red River Valley
Grandfather’s Clock
Leaning On The Everlasting Arms
Bury Me Beneath the Willow
Unclouded Day
In the Sweet By-and-By
Cherokee Shuffle
Wreck of the Old 97

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I was under the impression that this was to inform Ben’s list of ten to assign for this year’s camp

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We may use a few from the last camp, but we’re thinking we want some new material for the next one. I plan on using your recommendations to come up with that list. We’d like to give folks several months to get these songs down before camp. That’s why I’m starting to work on it now.

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OK, that’s what I was looking for. Thanks :slight_smile:

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In no particular order:

Angeline The Baker
Beaumont Rag
John Henry
Whiskey Before Breakfast
Bill Cheatham
Shove The Pig’s Foot A Little Further In The Fire
Fireball Mail
In The Sweet By and By
Nine Pound Hammer
Saint Anne’s Reel
Unclouded Day
Wayfaring Stranger
Shuckin’ The Corn

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Hey, that was my line! :face_with_raised_eyebrow::joy:

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OK… in somewhat random sequence… :wink: But I don’t think I’ll be attending. :frowning:

IrishWasherwoman
BoogieWoogieG
Liberty
WabashCannon
BlessedAssurance
LostIndian
BoilDemCabbage
BlackMtnRagA
ThereisaFountain
SweetByAndBy

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Tax your thesaurus much?

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In an assorted pattern
In a non-arrayed structure
In an unordered arrangement
In an uncategorized list
In a non-linear grouping
Or my personal favorite, in a non-sequential sequence. :laughing:

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Sometimes but not in this case… :slight_smile:

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Non-sequential sequence! coool!

no sequitur

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You should have copyrighted it. Oh well.

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Hmmm, what’s another word for Thesaurus?

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lexicon?

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Lonely-giant-ancient-reptile?

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