“Man of Constant Sorrow” (Instrumental) | Norman Blake Style – Guitar Lesson with TAB


A lesson on one of the most well known bluegrass tunes: “Man of Constant Sorrow.” In this lesson, we go in-depth on the nuances of the instrumental, Norman Blake style version of this song. This tune has a 5 bar form and makes use of a I-IV-V chord progression. This tune is a great exercise in crosspicking and is at a moderate tempo which makes it very approachable.

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You get streaming access to two MP4 video files, six (6) MP3 audio practice tracks (three (3) with metronome), a PDF tab sheet and a TEF tab file.

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Videos (Streaming)

Part 1 – 21:17
Part 2 – 16:36

PDF Tab Sheets (Streaming and Download)

Man of Constant Sorrow.pdf

TEF Tab File (Download)

Man of Constant Sorrow.tef
(Use this file with TablEdit or TEFview.)

Audio Backing Tracks (Streaming and Download)

50 BPM – 5:06
50 BPM with Metronome – 5:06
60 BPM – 5:37
60 BPM with Metronome – 5:37
70 BPM – 4:48
70 BPM with Metronome – 4:48