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Bach´s Bourrée in E-Minor

Genre: Classical  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Em  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by banjo-kiel, updated: 7/14/2020
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Notes: JSBach´s favorite Bourrée for clawhammer banjo.

You Won't Be Satisfied That Way

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: D  Tuning: aDGBD  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by lature, updated: 7/13/2020
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Notes: Jack Hicks banjo break. Playing with Bill Monroe at Bean Blossom (1973). Check out tabsync file on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Z7sV2HZK9Q

Because (Dave Clark Five)

Genre: Rock  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by Terry F, updated: 7/13/2020
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Notes: This tab of 60's Dave Clark Five song actually works well with clawhammer style (IMO). Here is a simple version I hope someone can use. I didn't know whether to classify this as beginner or intermediate. I consider myself a beginner but perhaps some of these chords might be a challenge to the raw beginner. I am aslo uploading a separate TAB with lyrics and chords. I find them useful learning a new song and picking out the melody.

Sally Johnson

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by lature, updated: 7/13/2020
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Notes: Traditional fiddle tune arranged by Alan Munde (Banjo Sandwich, 1975). Check out tabsync file on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2ji-0YU_GY

Dueling Banjos

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: A  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by lature, updated: 7/12/2020
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Notes: Eric Weissberg arrangement. Check out tabsync file on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLaD5VKEPVo

Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring

Genre: Other  Style: Classical  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by janolov, updated: 7/11/2020
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Notes: This is Pete Seeger's version of J.S. Bach's jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring (Jesus bleibet meine Freunde) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CT_zZB4ZQRA. Pete uses four fingers to play.

Wild Bill Jones

Genre: Traditional  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Sawmill (gDGCD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by TheDuck, updated: 7/11/2020
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Notes: G Dorian. Play bars 1-8 twice, then 9-16, then 1-8 again and you've gone through one verse.

Foggy Mountain Breakdown

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by lature, updated: 7/10/2020
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Notes: by Earl Scruggs. Opening break from 1949. Check out tabsync file on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yI1a1ZI0Ctc

Twisted

Genre: Jazz  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: A#/Bb  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by lature, updated: 7/10/2020
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Notes: by Wardell Gray. Checkout tabsync file on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=olVirT-xbrE

Sevastopol

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: D  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by lature, updated: 7/10/2020
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Notes: by Larry McNeely. From Powerplay album. Check out tabsync file on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hxLYWEXeQek

North Carolina Breakdown

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: A  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by corcoran, updated: 7/11/2020
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Notes: There are 2 tunes with the name North Carolina Breakdown. This is the other one (if I may borrow Bill Evans’s joke about Chinquapin Hunting, another pair of different tunes with the same name). Perhaps the better known NCB is a fiddle tune by Arthur Smith. The other one, the tune I have tabbed here, is a fine banjo creation by Sammy Shelor, the Grand Poobah of Punch. The first break is a fairly straightforward rendition of the tune, the second is the way I often play it, and the third is my attempt to capture some of Shelor’s improvisations.

That Bastard Son - The Dead South

Genre: Folk  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: Am  Tuning: aDGBD  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by coltoncrawford, updated: 7/9/2020 - 1 Member Comments
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Everyday (Buddy Holly)

Genre: Rock  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by Terry F, updated: 7/7/2020 - 3 Member Comments
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Notes: Here's an easy-intermediate version I tabbed out. Sounds OK. I hope someone can use it and make it better...

Dusty Miller

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: A  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by corcoran, updated: 7/4/2020
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Notes: Here is a gem of an old-time fiddle tune that was one of Bill Monroe's default instrumentals in the 1960s.

Paul's breakdown

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by routou, updated: 7/3/2020 - 3 Member Comments
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Paul's breakdown

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by routou, updated: 7/3/2020
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Notes: Have fun !

Freda

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by banjukebox, updated: 7/2/2020
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Otis Nixon

Genre: Rock  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: Dm  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by freemanmaxwell, updated: 6/30/2020
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Notes: Otis Nixon - David Lee Powell & Dave Willis (Squidbillies): Just the main riff. The high part starts on the 12th fret of the high d string and moves down the same string.

Bach invention 13

Genre: Classical  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by Patrick P., updated: 6/29/2020 - 2 Member Comments
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Notes: Tab done a few years ago

Little Bird, Little Bird

Genre: Folk  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: A#/Bb  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by freemanmaxwell, updated: 6/28/2020
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Notes: Little Bird, Little Bird by Elizabeth Mitchell - I can't believe I couldn't find a tab of this song, so here's one. It's not perfectly accurate but I hope it can serve as a good jumping-off point for others.

Tam Lin

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: Dm  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by opaanu, updated: 6/28/2020 - 1 Member Comments
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Notes: Tam Lin as I learned from Dave Hum's version on Youtube, made somewhat easier to fit my skills. Tab includes intro and solo. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cs5R1g59yTY

Gold Rush / All 3 Parts

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: A  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by corcoran, updated: 6/26/2020 - 1 Member Comments
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Notes: Bill Monroe and Byron Berline co-wrote the first 2 parts of GR, the parts most people are familiar with. Berline also wrote a third part that you can hear at the tail end of Monroe's recording, and I have included all 3 in my arrangement for banjo.

A Rose for Polly

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Gm  Tuning: Open Gm (gDGBbD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by Bill, updated: 6/28/2020
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Notes: Here's A Rose for Polly, as best as I could figure it out from Bob Smakula's playing. I simplified it a lot, especially the third part, but I enjoy playing it this way.

The Dead South - The Dead South

Genre: Folk  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: Dm  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by coltoncrawford, updated: 6/23/2020
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Charmaine

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by corcoran, updated: 6/21/2020
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Notes: My Scruggs-ish arrangement of this old jazz/swing tune.

The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

Genre: Classical  Style: Classical  Key: A#/Bb  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by rewop, updated: 6/22/2020 - 10 Member Comments
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Notes: Here is the complete tab for The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba (89 bars). I’ve transcribed it from the orchestral version so I may have got it a bit wrong here and there but it sounds fine to me. It is played in Bb so you have to capo three frets so you can play with the orchestra (which I recommend). This is the simple version in as much as the original has a few low D and Eb notes so I’ve fluffed around this the best I can otherwise you would have to remove the capo which makes it harder to play. Believe it or not, it is not that difficult to play, just long. You don’t have to be Chris Moreton to play it (but check his brilliant guitar version out anyway). Please have a look at my previous Sheba_1 tab which is just the first 16 bars.

Tennessee Waltz

Genre: Country  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by Terry F, updated: 6/19/2020
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Daybreak in Dixie / Ralph's Banjo Special

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by corcoran, updated: 6/18/2020 - 1 Member Comments
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Notes: When he was a sideman with the Stanley Brothers, Bill Napier wrote this simple but attractive tune on the mandolin. The Stanleys recorded it at different times as Daybreak in Dixie and as Ralph's Banjo Special.

Banks of the Ohio

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by corcoran, updated: 6/15/2020 - 1 Member Comments
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Notes: Here are 2 pretty straightforward breaks, one down the neck and one up the neck, to this jaunty little murder ballad. Note that it is a great tune to play with Keith tuners, and I leave it to you to work out the arrangement

Old Aunt Jenny with her Nightcap On

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by banjukebox, updated: 6/15/2020
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Ain't Nobody Gonna / Stover / Scruggs / Crowe

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by corcoran, updated: 6/15/2020
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Notes: It is instructive to compare the differences as well as the similarities in the versions by 3 banjo masters.

Northern Lights Breakdown

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by corcoran, updated: 6/13/2020 - 1 Member Comments
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Notes: When exiting a Bob Dylan concert on a cold clear Saskatoon night in November 1997, I was gobsmacked by a virtuoso performance of the Northern Lights, shimmering, crackling, and popping in the sky, all of which inspired me to write this tune. The ascending run of triplets was an attempt to convey a sense of the shimmering and rippling of the Lights.

Summertime - Pete Seeger

Genre: Popular  Style: Other  Key: E  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by mmuussiiccaall, updated: 6/12/2020 - 4 Member Comments
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Notes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBDKOXyP_DE open C#mM7 tuning (spooky)

Sockeye

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by corcoran, updated: 6/11/2020 - 1 Member Comments
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Notes: This is my version of a jaunty tune by Don Reno.

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