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Miss Ella - Nelly Bly

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by ndlxs, updated: 10/15/2021
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Notes: Stephen Foster melody of his song Nelly Bly, also used for gold miner song Miss Ella. See clawhammer tune of the week October 15, 2021.

Gentle on My Mind

Genre: Popular  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 10/4/2021
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Notes: This arrangement of the classic song by John Hartford is based on a video by Mike Iverson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OF7ZecJyvic. (Cut and paste the link into a browser.) Mike plays the song in B (capo 4), but this tab is in open G. This tab uses a lot of syncopation via m-skips (or ghost strokes followed by drop thumb). Mike is a talented and generous performer and teacher who offers lessons and workshops in Utah and online: www.banjoutah.com.

Sourwood Mountain, as tabbed by Pete Seeger

Genre: Folk  Style: Other  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by BeeEnvironment, updated: 10/3/2021
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Notes: As tabbed by Pete Seeger, himself, in 1959, for the book, "The Goofing Off Suite", published by Hargail Music Folk Anthology.

Black-Eyed Susie

Genre: Traditional  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by Bill H, updated: 10/3/2021
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Notes: Double C tuning, capo 2

Wildflowers - Dolly Parton

Genre: Country  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 10/1/2021
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Notes: This tab is based on this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NX9UuRyt0E . (You need to copy the link to a browser since it is not an active link.) Dolly sings it in the key of Bb in the video, but the tab is in G.

Farewell, Antietam

Genre: Unknown/None Chosen  Style: Other  Key: A#/Bb  Tuning: Sawmill (gDGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by stratovarious520, updated: 9/28/2021 - 1 Member Comments
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Notes: Tab to an original I posted the other day. Not exactly bluegrass, but some interesting ideas. Note the tuning...2nd strind raised to C.

On the Shore

Genre: Folk  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: E  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by thelamp144, updated: 9/28/2021
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Notes: I wrote this on a longneck, so it's technically in "Open E". I've tabbed it out that way with that tuning, but it'll work just fine on a standard banjo. Three finger with some Irish inspiration.

Norwegian Wood

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: E  Tuning: Drop C (gCGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by ianhobba1, updated: 9/28/2021 - 4 Member Comments
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La Bastringue

Genre: Traditional  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by Bill H, updated: 9/26/2021 - 1 Member Comments
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Notes: Tuning is aDADE or double C, capo 2 The first A and B parts are fairly basic and the A2 and B2 parts have some added triplets and is a bit more melodic.

Mississippi Palisades

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by jack_beuthin, updated: 9/24/2021 - 1 Member Comments
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Notes: Composed by Lynn "Chirps" Smith.

Mississippi Palisades

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by Stephen Rapp, updated: 9/24/2021
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Notes: A modern Old Time tune written by Lynn "Chirps" Smith.

I Don't Really Need A Monkey Butler

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by hamsterlabs, updated: 9/23/2021
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Notes: My son and I wrote this one afternoon. It is an original, hope someone enjoys it.

Annie's Song

Genre: Folk  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 9/17/2021
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Notes: This John Denver song is in the key of D using double-C tuning with the capo at the 2nd fret for aDADE. It's 3/4 time/

Stemwinder

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by corcoran, updated: 9/14/2021 - 4 Member Comments
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Notes: Stemwinder is an original tune I posted on BHO a decade ago. I have cleaned up the tablature, corrected some errors, and added a bass track. Play it at a brisk tempo.

With Care From Someone

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: Cm  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by navek55, updated: 9/13/2021
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Notes: As I hear it, the first 18 bars from the Dillard & Clark Expedition CD track.

When It's Lamplighting Time in the Valley

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by corcoran, updated: 9/12/2021 - 1 Member Comments
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Notes: I first heard this lovely song played bluegrass style by Hot Rize, although it has been recorded by many artists. You can find multiple versions on youtube. The tablature includes both the verse and chorus, and it is the way my band Knee Deep plays the song.

Tombigbee Waltz

Genre: Traditional  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by Bill H, updated: 9/7/2021
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Willin'

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by Old Hickory, updated: 9/22/2021
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Notes: In response to a new player asking about tabs for Willin' -- by Lowell George -- and some other non-banjo songs, I decided to write out a version that I consider within reach of first-year players. It's all in the first four frets. The trickiest move may be an "inside roll" in which the middle finger picks the second string. The trickiest part for me was tabbing the pause before the famous line "And if you give me . . ." I didn't leave as long a pause as it could be and made that a measure of 6/8. It's still not right. I trust everyone who knows the song to wait as long as they want at that part. Sept 22 update: I have replaced the original TablEdit file with a version including keyboard, bass and drums (created in iReal Pro) that you can use as accompaniment.

Miss McLeod's Reel

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by corcoran, updated: 9/7/2021
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Notes: This sprightly little tune is known by a number of names besides “Miss McLeod’s Reel,” including “Did You Ever See the Devil, Uncle Joe,” “Enterprise and Boxer,” “Hop High Ladies,” and “Virginia Reel.” For me, it has been an earworm burrowing into my temporal lobe that persisted for many years until I finally gave in and produced a tablature.

Devil in the Woodpile

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by Fortune, updated: 9/6/2021
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Irish Rover

Genre: Folk  Style: Unknown/None Chosen  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by EannaTheBard, updated: 9/5/2021
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Notes: I am not sure what the key is, as I am new to this. Anyways this is a song unsure who its original is, but The Pogues and Dubliners played it

Kitty McKay

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: C  Tuning: Drop C (gCGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by jack_beuthin, updated: 9/4/2021
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Notes: From the playing of Hobart Crabtree. Corresponding YouTube video of my playing this tune: https://youtu.be/P-EOrF_LK9A

Wheels Up (Bela Fleck)

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: A  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by Devon Wells, updated: 9/6/2021
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Notes: capo 2

Slipstream

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: Em  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by HSmith, updated: 9/3/2021 - 1 Member Comments
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Notes: This is my favourite tune from my favourite album, Bela Fleck's 'Drive'! This tab is very loosely based on an uncredited Guitar Pro tab, but my preferred fingering choices are very different and, I think, much more natural and easier to play. The original tab included a harmony banjo part which I've removed to avoid confusion. Hope you enjoy it!

Red Prairie Dawn

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: A  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by jack_beuthin, updated: 9/2/2021
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Notes: Tune composed by Garry Harrison. Open G tuning, capoed up 2 (aEAC#E). Accompanying video demo on YouTube: https://youtu.be/dZ5s9ibo6nI

Blackstrap Mountain Breakdown

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: Gm  Tuning: Open Gm (gDGBbD)  Difficulty: Expert
Posted by corcoran, updated: 8/31/2021
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Notes: Here is a little ditty in G minor tuning. BS M is a rare bird indeed, a small mountain rising above the bald prairie. It is of course artificial, constructed as a ski slope for the 1971 Canada Winter Games. Happy 50th anniversary, BS Mountain.

M Street Rag

Genre: Bluegrass  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Key: A  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by howsy-bee, updated: 8/30/2021 - 2 Member Comments
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Notes: (Fairly) accurate transcription off Jimmy Arnold's "Riding With Ol' Mosby" album, with thanks to Greg Crisp.

Jeb's Tune

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: D  Tuning: Double C (gCGCD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by dbrooks, updated: 8/29/2021
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Notes: "Jeb's Tune" is a jam tune played in wildly different ways in various YouTube videos. I based this tab mostly on this Clifftop Jam: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cb-INxR7X5c&t=144s . There appear to me to be 4 parts, mostly, though the order of appearance changes during this lengthy jam. Everyone is following the fiddlers' lead. I have included chords for guitar, but they are fairly freeform as well. Don't expect precision in this tab. Just have a good time with it.

Wildwood Flower

Genre: Traditional  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by jack_beuthin, updated: 8/28/2021
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Notes: A basic version based loosely on the playing of the Carter Family. Video demo of this version on YouTube: https://youtu.be/u_lo78XKezU

Pandemic Pandemonium (Tobey's Strut)

Genre: Ragtime  Style: Unknown/None Chosen  Key: G  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by corcoran, updated: 8/28/2021
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Notes: This started out on the 3 treble strings as an exploration of the relations between minor 7th chords, diminished chords, and augmented chords. When I added bass notes on the 4th string, however, a tune emerged, a solely chordal excursion without any licks or rolls. Unfortunately the tablature does not fully capture the timing and the swing of the tune as played, but it’s the best I could do. Eventually I hope to post a video, and then you will hear how it should sound. I wrote the tune for my youngest daughter, Tobey, a community health nurse who routinely administers vaccinations, often to immigrant families. She is my health-care hero.

John Hardy - clawhammer - Gm tuning

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: Gm  Tuning: Open Gm (gDGBbD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by janolov, updated: 8/26/2021
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Notes: This version of John Hardy is played in G minor tuning (gDGBbD). It is based on Mike Seeger's cover of Joe Russel's recording from 1936

John Hardy Clawhammer - G tuning

Genre: Old Time  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by janolov, updated: 8/26/2021
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Notes: This tab contains two version of John Hardy. First an easy mostly bum-di-ty version, and than a little more advanced (but I classify it as Intermediate).

Liza Poor Gal, By Pete Seeger

Genre: Folk  Style: Other  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by BeeEnvironment, updated: 8/25/2021 - 1 Member Comments
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Notes: By Pete Seeger

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring,By Pete Seeger himself

Genre: Classical  Style: Bluegrass (Scruggs)   Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Intermediate
Posted by BeeEnvironment, updated: 8/21/2021
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Notes: By Pete Seeger

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