Tom Adams Banjo Lessons and Tabs

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Tab for When The Saints Go Marching In

7.13.2016 Tab For All Keys. Recordings of When The Saints Go Marching In date back to the 1920s. Several popular variations include versions where only the Chorus melody is used (the familiar call and response "Oh when the saints [oh when the saints] go marching in [go marching in]") while other versions also feature the Verse melody ("I am just a weary pilgrim...."). This banjo tab includes breaks for both the Verse and the Chorus plus the tab is written for both Open G breaks and breaks based in the C chord position. *When you combine this tab with the use of a capo, you can play the song in any Key. Standard G Tuning is used.

Listen to this audio clip of Bill and Gloria Gaither to hear the Verse melody: AUDIO:

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Tab for Mary At The Home Place

7.9.2016 The tab contains two full breaks. The first break is a transcription of Ted Lundy's playing on the 1978 album "Lovesick and Sorrow" by Ted Lundy, Bob Paisley & the Southern Mountain Boys. The second break is one written by Tom Adams. Both breaks are down-the-neck. Written by Ken Clark and recorded by Bill Monroe in 1964, Mary At The Home Place has the classic traditional bluegrass sound.

Listen to Mary At The Home Place on the 1978 album by Ted Lundy, Bob Paisley & the Southern Mountain Boys AUDIO:

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  Classic Country: Last Date, Buckaroo
  Rock: Carolina In My Mind, Listen to the Music

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Springfield Exit CD: That Was Then

  First full album with Tom Adams on banjo since 2004
  Powerful vocals from Linda and David Lay
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Born in Gettysburg PA, Tom began playing the banjo at age ten. First gaining national recognition as the banjo player for Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys, Tom now plays banjo with Linda Lay and guitar with Bill Emerson.

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Starting in 1974 with The Adams Brothers Show, here's a listing of albums and CD compilations that feature Tom.

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