Hell Broke Loose in Georgia

As played by Lowe Stokes from the Georgia region

Reel or Breakdown in C

From the Skillet Lickers Collection

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This is a great tune, but it is quite difficult.  There are three separate versions of the A part to be found throughout the tune: a high A part that goes up to a high E as in the first time through, a mid-range A part as in the second time through, and a low A part introduced in the third time through.  There is a passage of Spicatto bowing in the last line of the A part on the sixth time through.  The notes to be played Spicatto are marked with Xs.  To achieve the desired scrub-brush effect, I recommend placing the fingers of the left hand on the strings at the correct positions, but not pressing down to the fingerboard.  Then, play the Spicatto bowstrokes near the frog.  I will include a YouTube video that clearly shows this technique.

First, a YouTube video of the Skillet Lickers playing Hell Broke Loose in Georgia:

Secondly, a YouTube video demonstrating the scrub-brush Spicatto bowing used in Hell Broke Loose in Georgia.  A good close-up of the bowing technique can be seen at 1:40:

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