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Arab Bounce (twin banjos)

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: A  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by banjoy, updated: 10/25/2019 - 4 Member Comments
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Notes: This is my version of the fun instrumental by Vernon Derrick. I came up with a lead part which pretty much mimics the triplet runs you'll hear fiddlers play for this tune. Then I came up with a note for note part for a twin banjo or that you can play with a fiddler who's playing lead. This is my first attempt at tabbing a tune. This is tabbed at 1/2 speed basically so I could more clearly convey the triplets, etc. I hope you enjoy!

Crossing The Big Sandy (Big Sandy River)

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: A  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by banjoy, updated: 11/6/2019
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Notes: This is my version of this fun traditional fiddle tune. Part A is fairly straightforward, and I've included two different melodic versions for Part B for you to mess around with. I hope you enjoy.

East Bound and Down (mostly melodic)

Genre: Country  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by banjoy, updated: 11/7/2019
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Notes: This is my original version of Jerry Reed's song "East Bound and Down." I came up with this about 30 years ago and never have actually played this in any band setting, only at occasional jam sessions where this song is pulled out of the hat. I have been asked to tab this song in the past and only got around to doing it today. Part A is almost entirely melodic. For Part B, while not melodic, I give two variations to play around with. For this version you should be able to comfortably play the 2nd string with your middle finger (inside strings) which adds to its bouncy feel. Anyway, I hope you enjoy.

Oh Susanna

Genre: Other  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: D  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by banjoy, updated: 3/19/2020
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Notes: This is my version of Stephen Foster's "Oh! Susanna!" The first part is classically-inspired from a version I learned decades ago in Memphis, TN. The melodic version is something I came up with about 25 years ago when diddling with this tune. I've also posted a video of me playing this, pretty close to this tab, on my BHO page. I hope you enjoy :)

Sam's Tune (original)

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by banjoy, updated: 10/25/2019 - 1 Member Comments
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Notes: This is a tune I wrote several years ago which was inspired by a musical phrase (a "lick") I heard on one of Sam Bush's albums. It's amazing what a lick can inspire. So I named the tune after Sam. It's a fun tune to play so I thought I'd throw it out there for whoever might be interested. I hope you enjoy :)

Soldier's Joy (with melodics)

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: D  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by banjoy, updated: 7/17/2020
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Notes: This is a couple of variations I do on this cool old traditional fiddle tune. I came up with the melodic break for Part B many years ago and get to polish it off every now and then. I have an MP3 of this tune in my audio archive which lets you hear a lot of what I have tabbed out in action :). Enjoy!

Time in A Bottle

Genre: Other  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: Dm  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by banjoy, updated: 7/30/2020 - 1 Member Comments
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Notes: YouTube video at https://youtu.be/M-Gduj8dRg0 ... This is my simple arrangement for 5-String Banjo of this haunting song by Jim Croce. I finally got around to tabbing this out after repeated requests over the years. Note that I take quite a few liberties with the tune, including adding a bridge (invoked again as the ending) as well as a more straightforward chord structure than some of the convoluted stuff I see on the internet. And its most basic, I'm simply naming the passing chords which underlay the tune, and not attempting to slap a name on everything that's going on as some transcribers seem to do. The chordal riffs in this tune should be thought of as melody throughlines rather than named chords. The first pass through the tune I basically follows the tab as included. My 2nd time through I play it differently which is not tabbed out. The 2nd half of the video shows a very simple melody line to consider. Of course, everything presented here are just ideas to get you started. I am sure you banjo folks can come up with some cool stuff to lay on top and I hope this inspires you to explore this very cool tune.

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