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Walkin' in My Sleep

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by corcoran, updated: 4/8/2020
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Notes: My arrangement on banjo is based on the recording by Hazel Dickens and Alice Foster, with Chubby Wise on fiddle, and the version by the supernal Kenny Baker on fiddle.

Love Oh Love Please Come Home

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by Terry F, updated: 4/8/2020 - 1 Member Comments
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Notes: Simple Bill Monroe tune clawhammer style. The same 8 measures repeat throughout both the verses and chorus as far as I could tell. I imbedded the lyrics but they don't match up real well in tabledit

Blue Ridge Cabin Home

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by Terry F, updated: 4/7/2020
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Notes: I couldn't find any clawhammer tabs for this so here's my version of Blue Ridge Cabin Home. I think it works. Most versions I found on line were played in Bflat or A.

Black and White Rag - Don Reno

Genre: Ragtime  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: C  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by Mooooo, updated: 4/6/2020
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Notes: Great Ragtime tune from Another Day with Reno and Smiley. I included the chords so your closed-minded friends can pick along. Here's a video for reference, have fun: https://youtu.be/1ae9tbq5wTA?t=313

Root Hog or Die

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: C  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by banjukebox, updated: 4/6/2020
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Notes: From Clyde Davenport Via Carl Jones

Begin the Beguine

Genre: Popular  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by MickG, updated: 4/6/2020 - 4 Member Comments
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Notes: Based on the playing of Bill Knopf in YouTube Video.

Big Spike Hammer

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by Terry F, updated: 4/6/2020
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I Still Miss Someone

Genre: Country  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by Terry F, updated: 4/6/2020
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Notes: I've added the lyrics to the tab on this one. They're a little hard to match up but they look pretty close. This is a Johnny Cash song written by him and his nephew Roy Cash.

I Don't Love Nobody

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by corcoran, updated: 4/6/2020
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Notes: This tune is the precursor of Bill Monroe's tune "Santa Claus." Its structure is AABA.

Mr Bojangles

Genre: Popular  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: E  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by MickG, updated: 4/5/2020 - 2 Member Comments
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Notes: One of my favorite songs. Tuning the 5th string down 2 frets made this easier to play for me. Capo up 2 frets and playing from the D position gives a key of E.

Birth of the Blues - Bill Knopf

Genre: Jazz  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: C  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by Mooooo, updated: 4/4/2020
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Notes: Bill Knopf's excellent all over the neck arrangement of this standard. Here's a video for reference and inspiration, have fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXUyOObmAz4

Sourwood Mountain

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: A  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by ShhhItsASecret, updated: 4/4/2020
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Notes: Standard roll, melodic, and up-the-neck (roll) variants. Adapted from old-time, clawhammer versions of the tune.

Down Yonder

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by corcoran, updated: 4/4/2020 - 1 Member Comments
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Notes: Here are two breaks to a jam favorite.

Jody's Tune

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by MickG, updated: 4/5/2020 - 5 Member Comments
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Notes: Arrangement for two banjos based on a Dillard's recording with mandolins.

Jawbones (Jordan Am A Hard Road To Travel)

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by janolov, updated: 4/3/2020
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Notes: This tab is based on Henry Read's fiddle version. I have also incorporated some ideas from Miles Krassen's books Clawhammer Banjo and Appalchian fiddle.

Jaw Bone (Pope's Arkasas Mountaineers, 1928)

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: A  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by janolov, updated: 4/3/2020
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Notes: This is an old goodie, recorded already 1928 by Pope's Arkansas Mountaineers, and different versions can still be heard. Also listen to Bruce Molsky for example.

Singing the Blues

Genre: Country  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by Terry F, updated: 4/2/2020
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Notes: Many covers but Guy Mitchell had first hit with it in 1956. He sang it in the key of D.

Black Mountain Blues - Jim Mills

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: D  Tuning: Open D (f#DF#Ad)  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by Mooooo, updated: 4/2/2020
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Notes: Jim Mills' excellent arrangement of this classic. Here's all the breaks. And a video for reference and inspiration, have fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Njuqx5Ib6Ms

Are You Missing Me

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by corcoran, updated: 4/2/2020
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Notes: Are You Missing Me is a fine bluegrass standard, written by Ira Louvin and associated with Jim and Jesse. I have tabbed 3 breaks. Note the long tag at the end of the first break; I think I first heard it (or something like it) played by Bobby Thompson. The final D measures at the end of the second break feature one of my original D runs, and you might find it useful. The third break includes some melodic sequences that you can plug into a variety of tunes. Note added in April 2020: I originally posted this tablature several years ago, and I have now corrected some errors and added a bass track.

Grey Eagle, in four parts

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: A  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by corcoran, updated: 4/2/2020
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Notes: A melodic version of all 4 parts of Grey Eagle, inspired by the fiddle playing of Bobby Hicks. The version on banjo by Butch Robins was also an influence, and I tip my hat to him with the harmonic section in the last part. I originally posted this tab in October 2011 and in April 2020 have added the bass track. What can I say, I have slow reflexes.

Banks of the Ohio

Genre: Traditional  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: F  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by MickG, updated: 4/5/2020 - 3 Member Comments
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Notes: Song with a nice melody. Good for practice in key of F.

Nervous Breakdown

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by corcoran, updated: 4/1/2020 - 4 Member Comments
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Notes: In this stressful time of a pandemic, why not learn a tune with a topical title, “Nervous Breakdown.” The tune was written and recorded in the mid-1960s by Bob Johnson on the album “Twelve Shades of Bluegrass” by Bob Johnson and the Lonesome Travelers. All I have been able to find out about Bob Johnson is that he was from Chattanooga, TN, he played for a short while with Bill Monroe – see the tape circulating among collectors of the Blue Grass Boys at Bean Blossom, 13 April 1958 – and he retired from music in 1967. You can hear Johnson’s recording of Nervous Breakdown on youtube.com. Bob Black also recorded it on his delightful album “Ladies on the Steamboat.” Nervous Breakdown has an odd but appealing chord structure, and I have somewhat arbitrarily broken it into 2 parts, A and B

Smith's Reel

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Unknown/None Chosen  Key: D  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by Geoff Keymer, updated: 4/1/2020
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Notes: Melodic style, close to the fiddle arrangement.

Grey Owl

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Unknown/None Chosen  Key: D  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by Geoff Keymer, updated: 4/1/2020
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Notes: Melodic style, close to the fiddle arrangement.

Banjo Signal - Don Reno

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by Mooooo, updated: 3/31/2020
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Notes: Reno and Smiley version of this tune without the single string. It's a bit easier than later versions but it still is really cool. Have fun. Here is a link to the sound file: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkYzkoTybZ8

Barefoot Nellie - Don Reno

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: A  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by Mooooo, updated: 3/31/2020
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Notes: Fun Reno and Smiley Tune to pick and sing. Here's how they pick it for reference, have fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRD4g5zt_7A

Beating Around the Bush - Bill Keith

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: A  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by Mooooo, updated: 3/31/2020
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Notes: Great melodic tune by Bill Keith, I included the chords. Here's the tune for reference, have fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwKuAuG3YRs

Turkey In The Straw

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by Terry F, updated: 3/31/2020
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Blackberry Blossom

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by Terry F, updated: 3/31/2020
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Things We Said Today - Beatles

Genre: Rock  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by Terry F, updated: 3/31/2020
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I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

Genre: Country  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by Terry F, updated: 4/2/2020
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Notes: Needs pick up and ending but you get the idea

Banjo in the Hollow - Doug DIllard - with backkup

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: A  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by Mooooo, updated: 3/27/2020
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Notes: I tabbed out the first Banjo break and backup to the first mando. Doug's variations for the rest of the tune, are similar to what is tabbed. They fade out for the ending...shave and a haircut is what they have done live. Here's a reference video, have fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJTW2ruur-I

Banjo Boy Chimes - Sonny Osborne

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by Mooooo, updated: 3/27/2020
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Notes: The version from the Bluegrass Intstumentals LP. I tabbed out the first two breaks, the third break is a double banjo break and is really easy to figure out on your own if you want to. I included chords, have fun: https://youtu.be/f1pac8f1xFo?t=915

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