Silver Nail

As played by Bob Larkan from the Arkansas region

Reel or Breakdown in G

From the Bob Larkan Collection

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Although its title sounds more like a weapon for slaying vampires, Silver Nail is a pleasant little breakdown. It is actually fairly simple, with the most difficult thing being a high C on the first string. You might find it easier to play most of the A part in second position. The A part consists of a single line, played anywhere from two to four times per repetition (most commonly three times). The B part consists of two lines, played once or twice (usually once).


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