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Feb 28, 2021 - 2:41:06 PM
2 posts since 1/28/2021

hi all,
first post for a new member. thanks for any help.
I am looking for the banjo Tab for the old Grateful Dead recording of the Monkey and the Engineer.
sang this to my kids when they were little. would like to learn to play it on my banjo for the grandkids.
thanks,
John

Mar 1, 2021 - 8:05:30 AM

KCJones

USA

1444 posts since 8/30/2012

Welcome to the Hangout!

I play this song, but don't have a tab for you. I learned it for the same reason. I'd say that the song is mostly chords and a very basic melody that mostly just goes up and down the pentatonic scale of each chord. If your goal is to be able to play and sing it for the kids, a starting point is the forward-reverse roll over the chord changes, and sing the lyrics. If you play clawhammer, I would just do the basic strum over the chord changes and sing it.

The singing is what the kids care about. They don't really care much about an amazing banjo break. So just play the chords and sing the song. And wear a funny hat. Kids love banjo guys with funny hats.

Here is a link to a songbook that contains the chord changes and lyrics [PDF WARNING]: https://deadstein.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/jerry-garcia-song-book-ver-9-online.pdf

Edited by - KCJones on 03/01/2021 08:06:46

Mar 7, 2021 - 3:53:58 PM

2 posts since 1/28/2021

thank you KC.

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