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Tab Request for Soldiers Joy in the key of A

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Aug 6, 2022 - 10:21:37 AM
19 posts since 6/2/2022

I usually play this song in Clawhammer but I would also like to get a scruggs style tab for the song and I think this one works very well for the key of A, however I have seen most of the tabs in the archive and they are mostly melodic and I'm not a fan of it, so I was wondering if anybody has a tab for it, I have seen multiple videos of people playing this with capo 2 and it is my favorite way if listening to it. Although I don't have video to attach if anyone needs one I will add one.

Aug 6, 2022 - 10:36:39 AM

Bill Rogers (Moderator)

USA

26173 posts since 6/25/2005

Who, exactly , plays it in A? Most traditional bluegrass players, like Earl, play it in D, standard C tuning ( aka Drop-C), capo 2.

Aug 6, 2022 - 10:49:49 AM

19 posts since 6/2/2022

quote: yes that's it, I couldn't tell what tuning it was played in but the video I saw a little while back showed them having it on capo 2 and I couldn't tell if it was a different tuning or not, but that's the one I'm looking for.
Originally posted by Bill Rogers

Who, exactly , plays it in A? Most traditional bluegrass players, like Earl, play it in D, standard C tuning ( aka Drop-C), capo 2.


Aug 6, 2022 - 10:53:26 AM

7866 posts since 8/30/2004

Bill Roers is right. It is usually played in a dropped C tuning or capoed up two frets to drop D so please attach what you have...
 
Originally posted by Ro_gam107

I usually play this song in Clawhammer but I would also like to get a scruggs style tab for the song and I think this one works very well for the key of A, however I have seen most of the tabs in the archive and they are mostly melodic and I'm not a fan of it, so I was wondering if anybody has a tab for it, I have seen multiple videos of people playing this with capo 2 and it is my favorite way if listening to it. Although I don't have video to attach if anyone needs one I will add one.


Aug 6, 2022 - 11:02:06 AM
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quote:
Originally posted by Ro_gam107

I usually play this song in Clawhammer but I would also like to get a scruggs style tab for the song and I think this one works very well for the key of A, however I have seen most of the tabs in the archive and they are mostly melodic and I'm not a fan of it, so I was wondering if anybody has a tab for it, I have seen multiple videos of people playing this with capo 2 and it is my favorite way if listening to it. Although I don't have video to attach if anyone needs one I will add one.


This what your lookin for? It's in Drop C Just add capo at second fret and spike the fifth string for D. TAB comes with the lesson

 

Edited by - FenderFred on 08/06/2022 11:02:51

Aug 6, 2022 - 11:03:12 AM
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quote:yes I was wrong I just realized, I believed it was capo 2 for a long time I just now decided to listen to Earl's version and it sound exactly like I am looking for. Although I can't attach the video it doesn't want to work for me but it is a video of Earl playing with John McEuen. If you search up Earl Scruggs with John McEuen Soldiers Joy on youtube you are sure to find it.
Originally posted by Ro_gam107
quote: yes that's it, I couldn't tell what tuning it was played in but the video I saw a little while back showed them having it on capo 2 and I couldn't tell if it was a different tuning or not, but that's the one I'm looking for.
Originally posted by Bill Rogers

Who, exactly , plays it in A? Most traditional bluegrass players, like Earl, play it in D, standard C tuning ( aka Drop-C), capo 2.


 


Edited by - Ro_gam107 on 08/06/2022 11:05:47

Aug 6, 2022 - 11:08:20 AM
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Texasbanjo (Moderator)

USA

27542 posts since 8/3/2003

Most fiddle tunes ARE melodic, so if you want to play fiddle tunes especially in Scruggs type picking, it's going to be mainly melodic. Hopefully, once you get used to it, it will be easier to play and you'll relax and enjoy it.

Aug 6, 2022 - 11:27:23 AM

490 posts since 5/21/2020

quote:
Originally posted by Ro_gam107
quote:yes I was wrong I just realized, I believed it was capo 2 for a long time I just now decided to listen to Earl's version and it sound exactly like I am looking for. Although I can't attach the video it doesn't want to work for me but it is a video of Earl playing with John McEuen. If you search up Earl Scruggs with John McEuen Soldiers Joy on youtube you are sure to find it.
Originally posted by Ro_gam107
quote: yes that's it, I couldn't tell what tuning it was played in but the video I saw a little while back showed them having it on capo 2 and I couldn't tell if it was a different tuning or not, but that's the one I'm looking for.
Originally posted by Bill Rogers

Who, exactly , plays it in A? Most traditional bluegrass players, like Earl, play it in D, standard C tuning ( aka Drop-C), capo 2.


 


 


 

Aug 6, 2022 - 11:31:08 AM

7866 posts since 8/30/2004

Originally posted by Ro_gam107
Yes,
Bill Rogers had it right when he said tune your banjo to drop C and play it Scruggs style or you can of course capo 2 and play it in dropped D...You're on your way it looks like...Jack     p.s. there are lots of videos of Earl playing this gem in drop C....
Bill posted: 
Originally posted by Bill Rogers

Who, exactly , plays it in A? Most traditional bluegrass players, like Earl, play it in D, standard C tuning ( aka Drop-C), capo 2.

 
Originally posted by Ro_gam107

 


Edited by - Jack Baker on 08/06/2022 11:42:22

Aug 6, 2022 - 12:55:31 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by Ro_gam107

I usually play this song in Clawhammer but I would also like to get a scruggs style tab for the song and I think this one works very well for the key of A, however I have seen most of the tabs in the archive and they are mostly melodic and I'm not a fan of it, so I was wondering if anybody has a tab for it, I have seen multiple videos of people playing this with capo 2 and it is my favorite way if listening to it. Although I don't have video to attach if anyone needs one I will add one.


Okay, I was guessing that you were looking for Earl Scruggs' version, which is in Drop C tuning capoed on the 2nd fret, as folks have explained above.  The tab is in the original editions of Earl Scruggs and the 5-String Banjo, but not as Soldier's Joy, for some reason Earl called it "Old Folks."  Jack would have told you that, but he's almost 80 and he can't remember s**t, whereas I am only 71, and so it only took me half a day.  

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Aug 6, 2022 - 1:06:58 PM

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youtu.be/oAkN61sUanA

Check out this version by ron stewart

Edited by - stanleytone on 08/06/2022 13:07:33

Aug 6, 2022 - 1:18:55 PM

7866 posts since 8/30/2004

quote:mOriginally posted by Don Borchelt
Ha! I'm dying...thank you donald....wait,,,who are you and how did i get here? Huh? Smiles
 
Originally posted by Ro_gam107

I usually play this song in Clawhammer but I would also like to get a scruggs style tab for the song and I think this one works very well for the key of A, however I have seen most of the tabs in the archive and they are mostly melodic and I'm not a fan of it, so I was wondering if anybody has a tab for it, I have seen multiple videos of people playing this with capo 2 and it is my favorite way if listening to it. Although I don't have video to attach if anyone needs one I will add one.


Okay, I was guessing that you were looking for Earl Scruggs' version, which is in Drop C tuning capoed on the 2nd fret, as folks have explained above.  The tab is in the original editions of Earl Scruggs and the 5-String Banjo, but not as Soldier's Joy, for some reason Earl called it "Old Folks."  Jack would have told you that, but he's almost 80 and he can't remember s**t, whereas I am only 71, and so it only took me half a day.  


Edited by - Jack Baker on 08/06/2022 13:23:03

Aug 6, 2022 - 1:20:46 PM
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Wow! Smokin'
 
Originally posted by stanleytone

youtu.be/oAkN61sUanA

Check out this version by ron stewart


Aug 6, 2022 - 1:31:12 PM
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chuckv97

Canada

65105 posts since 10/5/2013

Check out this version by a cranky 72 year-old who dislikes retuning, so it’s played in standard G tuning , capo 2, key of D (for “duh”).
youtu.be/qWFLbxYIFRY


 

Aug 6, 2022 - 1:39 PM
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Yes Indeed,
I love it Chuck...great playing of this old Chestnut...Jack

Aug 6, 2022 - 2:09:17 PM
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banjoy

USA

10334 posts since 7/1/2006

... or a contribution from this cantankerous new old codger, at 62 I'm new to this old-timers / old curmudgeon's club whose notable members have congregated above, (birds of a feather I guess?) but I think I'm getting it down.

I never knew this tune was supposed to be drop-tune anything and I'm waaaay too lazy to use a capo, so I just do it in plain ol' G tuning with no capo, but in the Key of D. It never occurred to me to play it any other way. I even tabbed it out for the young up and coming curmudgeons-in-training. The tab kinda-sorta reflects the video, which has elements of melodic and Scruggs stuff, pick and choose...

youtube.com/watch?v=8vA-ZOxLWNo

banjohangout.org/tab/browse.as...l&v=24453

Edited by - banjoy on 08/06/2022 14:10:26

Aug 6, 2022 - 2:26:26 PM
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Frank,
Your tab is a really nice arrangement of this tune...Jack

Aug 6, 2022 - 7:25:10 PM

chuckv97

Canada

65105 posts since 10/5/2013

quote:
Originally posted by Jack Baker

Yes Indeed,
I love it Chuck...great playing of this old Chestnut...Jack


Thank you, Jack ,,,, much appreciated!

Aug 7, 2022 - 6:43:42 AM
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7587 posts since 11/4/2005

quote:
Originally posted by Ro_gam107
quote: yes that's it, I couldn't tell what tuning it was played in but the video I saw a little while back showed them having it on capo 2 and I couldn't tell if it was a different tuning or not, but that's the one I'm looking for.
Originally posted by Bill Rogers

Who, exactly , plays it in A? Most traditional bluegrass players, like Earl, play it in D, standard C tuning ( aka Drop-C), capo 2.


 


I used to teach a version to my banjo students in drop C tuning (gCGBD), capoed on the 2nd fret, that used Earl's version as a starting point, but I made some changes in order to teach some specific things to my students.  The most important change was in the second part, where I substituted what we used to call a Dillard Roll (MIMTMIMT) for the forward roll that Scruggs used (TIMTM-M-).  I have about five different versions on my hard drive, because I used to adapt the lessons to the capability of each student.  Anyway, the image below shows just the open position break.  The linked TEF file and MIDI, and the attached PDF, are for a longer version that includes an position mostly rolling back up to the fiddle, and an up the neck break.  You can click on the MIDI to hear what the whole thing sounds like.  BTW, I actually play it in Open D tuning (aDF#AD), where I play all of my key of D fiddle tunes arrangements.

Soldier's Joy in Drop C-TEF

Soldier's Joy in Drop C-MIDI


Edited by - Don Borchelt on 08/07/2022 06:52:15

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