Molly Tuttle shows you how to play traditional bluegrass lines and Over the Line

Molly Tuttle performs at War Memorial Auditorium during AMERICANAFEST 2019 on September 13, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee.
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For this column, I’d like to talk about traditional bluegrass rhythm playing and flatpicking soloing techniques. The song Over the Line, which I co-wrote with my friend Steve Poltz, is one of the more “traditional” bluegrass-style songs I have penned. 

Over the Line appears as the title track on an album by my good friends Jeff Scroggins and Colorado. The tune starts off with a bluesy, chromatic lick and then moves into the rhythm part behind the vocal. When I play this song unaccompanied, I usually take a few solos on it before returning to the last verse and chorus. 

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