The song of the week is "Get In Line Brother" in the key of A.
This song was requested and played at the last beginner jam, and, while playing it, it seemed to me that it could make for a good beginner-jam friendly song to add to the beginner jam repertoire.
Flatt and Scruggs (key of Bb)
Notice that there is a slight difference between the progression for breaks on the one hand, and the progression for the verses and the choruses on the other.
The breaks are:
The verses and choruses are:
The reason for the unusual progression for the verses and chorus seems to be the solo line that is sung by the bass singer at this point ('get in line brother'). Since, I do not expect someone to volunteer to sing the bass part every time this song is played at the jam, I wish to take the liberty of modifying the sung melody to make it fit the progression for the breaks.
Simplifying the song in this manner - so that all parts (breaks, verses, and choruses) are played using the same progression (i.e., the progression that is used for the breaks on the recording) has the advantage of making the song a bit more jam friendly. This is not something that I would recommend doing with every song that has a different progression for the vocal parts than for the instrumental parts. If this song was, for instance, a song that tends to come up often at bluegrass jams - so that people are more used to hearing and playing it as done on a particular recording - I would not feel so free to take such liberties with the song.
The melody sheet attached here follows more the implied melody of the banjo breaks than the melody sung by the lead vocal.
Have a blessed and happy Easter!