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When You & I Were Young, Maggie (Craig Smith)

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: F  Tuning: aDGBD  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by rkfan100, updated: 12/18/2018
Download: TABLEDIT | PDF

Notes: A nice version by Craig Smith in the ASH & W album. It's not as hard as you might think and a good intro to playing in F. Listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntQptkUvRsg&t=67

Calliope Rag / James Scott / Edited by Jack Baker

Genre: Ragtime  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by Jack Baker, updated: 12/17/2018
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Notes: Here's a wonderful Ragtime tune to play...
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Buckin' Mule - Doug Dillard

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: C  Tuning: Drop C (gCGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by Mooooo, updated: 12/15/2018
Download: PDF

Notes: Included are the banjo breaks and backup. Check out this track from The Dillards Live!!! Almost!! LP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59MoVqcEYcs

Eighth of January

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by BanjoSampler, updated: 12/15/2018
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Buffalo Gals

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by BanjoSampler, updated: 12/15/2018
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Slipped Disc

Genre: Jazz  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by BanjoSampler, updated: 12/15/2018
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Notes: Fun tune to play. Written by Benny Goodman.

Banjo in the Holler - Clawhammer Break

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: A  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by Mooooo, updated: 12/15/2018
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Notes: Here's a Clawhammer Break that is similar to Doug Dillards first break from the Backporch Bluegrass LP. I am using Clawjam picks and switch off between Scruggs picking and Clawhammer, so I worked this up. When I pick it, I use plenty of skip notes, but I will leave that choice up to you. I am including an mp3 for reference. Have fun.

Whiskey Before Breakfast

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: C  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by BanjoSampler, updated: 12/15/2018
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Notes: Inspired by the playing of Bill Knopf and Pat Cloud. Tabbed in C. Capo two frets to play in D.

Santa Claus / Bill Monroe / Bill Keith

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by Jack Baker, updated: 12/13/2018
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Notes: www.frettedinstrumentsnyc.com

Dead Man's Isle - The Dead South

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by coltoncrawford, updated: 12/13/2018
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Hen of the Woods - Noam Pikelny

Genre: Other  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: D  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by Mooooo, updated: 12/11/2018 - 1 Member Comments
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Notes: From the Universal Favorite LP. He uses the Dorian mode and lots of single string. Here's a live performance for reference, have fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4NBkT1xrQg

Free Born Man - J. D. Crowe

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  
Posted by Mooooo, updated: 12/11/2018
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Notes: J. D. Crowe's Breaks to this song from Tony Rice's Got Me a Martin Guitar Lp. Here's a video for reference, have fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKgFB4V5wtE

Prisoner's Song

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by corcoran, updated: 12/11/2018
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Notes: Prisoner’s Song is a classic bluegrass and country song performed by everyone from Bill Monroe and Del McCoury to Fats Domino and Brenda Lee, and also recorded as an instrumental by the Kentucky Colonels. However you want to play it, you’ll need the banjo, and here are two straightforward breaks for you to try out. The first break ends in a D-chord run I heard Bill Emerson play, and the second break ends with a D run based on the playing of Bill Keith.

Over The Waterfall

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: D  Tuning: Open D (f#DF#Ad)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by AlBanjo38, updated: 12/11/2018
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Notes: Melodic (Not exactly Scruggs)

Fraulein

Genre: Traditional  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: A  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by wilbanjo, updated: 12/11/2018
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Notes: I don't play any thing but banjo , so if someone wants to add the other stuff help your self . This is the best I could do .

Matterhorn

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: D#/Ebm  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by phb, updated: 12/9/2018 - 2 Member Comments
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Notes: This is my transcription of the Country Gentlemen's "Matterhorn". For some reason it felt wrong to me to write everything relative to 0 when capoed this high. Hence, open strings appear as "8" and what is e.g. the 2nd fret relative to the capo is notated as "10" and so on.

Harper's Ferry or John Brown's March

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by DC5, updated: 12/9/2018
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Notes: This is a fiddle tune often played at old time jams. Notes : The last D in measure 4 is an alternate string pull-off. I couldn't figure out how to do this in TablEdit. Slide in measure 10 could be replaced with an hammer on, and the 1st G in measure 11 could be played fretting the 1st string 5th fret. The slide in measure 15 could be omitted and simply strike 1st string 5th fret for a quarter note instead. Though listed as intermediate, it is probably advanced beginner with a few hammer-ons and alternate string pull-offs.

Bluegrass Breakdown - Butch Robins

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by Mooooo, updated: 12/9/2018
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Notes: Butch Robins version of this Bill Monroe classic From The Fifth Child LP. Here's a video for reference, have fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q02nXDrknPw&list=OLAK5uy_kPlh0vp8hDIdH5tvWI1puh7iOG66eLUk8&index=10

Oh Night Divine/Oh Holy Night

Key: C  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by Bart Veerman, updated: 12/8/2018
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Notes: I'm not sure what to call this style, or whether it's a style at all. Anyhoo, perhaps a different take on this amazingly beautiful melody.

Souter Creek

Genre: Folk  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by Matthess, updated: 12/8/2018
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Notes: Song by the band Flook, tabbed out for 5 strong banjo.

Snowflake Reel

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: C  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by BanjoSampler, updated: 12/7/2018
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Notes: Played in the style of Vic Jordan. Key of C. Capo two frets for D.

Morgan Magan

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by JLouis, updated: 12/7/2018
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I'll Stay Around - Bill Keith

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by Mooooo, updated: 12/7/2018
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Notes: Great tune by Bill Keith from the Something Auld, Something Newgrass, Something Borrowed, Something Bluegrass LP. Here's a reference YouTube video, have fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IX7CnPCms7c

Boy's My Money's All Gone in D

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Drop C (gCGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by Stephen Rapp, updated: 12/6/2018
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Fastest Grass Alive - Sonny Osborne

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: B  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by Mooooo, updated: 12/6/2018
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Notes: Nice break by Sonny on this song written by Paul Craft. Capo 4 and spike your 5th string to b. Here's a reference video, have fun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fMhMn_zqGiI

Red-Haired Boy

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: A  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by BanjoSampler, updated: 12/5/2018
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Notes: This is an arrangement in the key of A without using a capo.

Beartracks Ending Break / J. D. Crowe

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: C  Tuning: Open C (gCGCE)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by Jack Baker, updated: 12/4/2018
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Beartracks High Break / J. D. Crowe

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: C  Tuning: Open C (gCGCE)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by Jack Baker, updated: 12/4/2018
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Beartracks / J. D. Crowe

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: C  Tuning: Open C (gCGCE)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by Jack Baker, updated: 12/4/2018
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Blackjack / Jimmy Martin / J. D. Crowe

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by Jack Baker, updated: 12/7/2018
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Notes: Capo on 4th fret for this version.
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Barefoot Nellie - Don Reno

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: A  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by Mooooo, updated: 12/3/2018
Download: PDF

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

Randy Lynn Rag / Earl Scruggs

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by Jack Baker, updated: 12/3/2018
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Blair Atholl

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Other  Key: Am  Tuning: Open Gm (gDGBbD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by banjoistic, updated: 12/3/2018
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Notes: Mostly single-string style, with a little melodic where it fits. A MIDI file included for reference.

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