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Bluegrass - the Other American Musical Invention

written by: goodboring
 
This one may be easy for bluegrass aficionados, but hard for those new in the genre. We'll use Bill Monroe - credited as singlehandedly inventing the genre - as a basis of the quiz, in which you will find a variety of questions about the songs, instruments, and techniques.

Question 1:

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Bill Monroe, the creator of the Bluegrass genre, is commonly granted this title.
King of Bluegrass
Godfather of Bluegrass
Father of Bluegrass
Maitre d' of Bluegrass


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Question 2:


What is the most common alternate tuning for a guitar when playing bluegrass?
Tune all the strings down one whole step to be more in line with the banjo.
Tune the high E string down to D.
Tune the A string up to B; the D string up to E; and the G string up to G#.
Tune the low E string down to D.

Question 3:

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Which of these statements concerning awards received by the Bluegrass creator Bill Monroe is not correct?
He was elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997.
He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1970.
He received the National Medal of the Arts from President Nixon in 1975.
He received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 1993.


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Question 4:

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The two primary styles of playing banjo are Scruggs-style and what other style?
Up-picking
Cross-picking
Kentucky strum
Clawhammer


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Question 5:

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Which Bill Monroe hit was later covered by Elvis Presley?
I'm Sitting On Top of the World
Blue Moon of Kentucky
Footprints In the Snow
My Sweet Blue Eyed Darlin'


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Question 6:


Since a traditional bluegrass ensemble usually does not include a drummer (fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, string bass), the musician playing the mandolin will sometimes mute the strings and strum off the beat to help keep time in a technique that has generally become known by what name?
Cross-picking
Crow-barring
Clawhammering
Chunking

Question 7:

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In 'pre-Bill Monroe' America, the mandolin was primarily a parlor instrument not utilized in the hardscrabble world of country/western or mountain music.
True
False


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Question 8:


In the Bluegrass music, although alternate tunings on guitar and banjo are commonplace (the low banjo string commonly alternates from C to D depending on song key), the fiddle always retains its standard G-D-A-E tuning.
False
True

Question 9:


What is the missing part of this Bill Monroe's well-known recording: "The Muleskinner ______"?
Waltz
Breakdown
Sleeps Tonite
Blues

Question 10:


The technique, not generally used in classical or 'legit' playing that turns a 'violin' into a 'fiddle', is called what?
Double-Stops
Hammering
Sliding
Spiccato bowing

Question 11:

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Which of these famous musicians worked with Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys?
Earl Scruggs
All of these
Vassar Clements
Lester Flatt


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