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Banjo Tab

Transcribed by Tom Adams

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A Dozen Cabin Songs

$12.00 Instant Digital Download Banjo Tab PDF + TEF

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You get one full banjo break for each of these 12 bluegrass and bluegrass gospel classics. Click the video to hear the melody of the songs on which these banjo tabs are based:


- Blue Ridge Cabin Home
- Little Cabin Home On The Hill
- My Cabin In Caroline
- Cabin On A Mountain
- Cabin Of Love
- Moonlight On My Cabin
- Little Old Log Cabin In The Lane
- An Old Log Cabin For Sale
- Dreaming Of A Little Cabin
- Cabin On The Hill
- Lord, Build Me A Cabin
- Where No Cabins Fall

You'll be ready to get your Cabin on at the next jam with this 12-pack of banjo tabs. The tabs are based on the melody of the song rather than being a transcription of any particular player's banjo solo.

All songs in G Tuning.

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Amazing Grace

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Tom Adams 3-finger style banjo playing
Key of G
G Tuning, gDGBD
17 measures

Details: The tab for this banjo break uses triplets to give a full, rich sound that fills each measure of this iconic composition.

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Ashes of Love

song made popular in bluegrass by Jim & Jesse

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Listen to Jim & Jesse's 1973 recording AUDIO:



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Tab for All Keys! You get the banjo tab in standard Open G Tuning so you can play the song in G, or with a capo play the song in A, Bb or B - PLUS tab for playing in the C chord position (perfect when the singer wants to sing in C, D, E or F) PLUS tab for playing in the D chord position (perfect for singers in the Keys of D, E and F). Just use a capo and you can play "Ashes of Love" in any Key you want!

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Style: Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing

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Ashokan Farewell

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Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Key of D, no capo
G Tuning, gDGBD and hook the 5th string at A at the 7th fret
27 measures

Details: The tab contains a full banjo break (Parts A and B) and can be played as a solo banjo piece or with accompanying instruments. The melody is based on the Jay Ungar and Fiddle Fever recording heard on the soundtrack of the PBS series "The Civil War - a film by Ken Burns".

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Banjo In The Hollow

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This is Tom's transcription of Doug Dillard's playing on The Dillards' 1963 album "Back Porch Bluegrass".


Banjo In The Hollow as played and written by Doug Dillard is different from the beginner level tune by the same name. G Tuning, gDGBD, Key of A, capo 2nd fret and play as in G.

If you learned the beginner level version and you'd now like to learn the tune with the right-hand rolls, left-hand fingering and chord progression as heard on The Dillards' classic original, this tab's for you. Recommended: play the tune in the Key of A (capo 2nd fret), where the frets are closer together to make the left-hand fingering in Part B easier.

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Banks Of The Ohio

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Link to YouTube:
Listen to the Monroe Brothers "Banks of the Ohio" in 1936

Play a break to this song in G without a capo.

This item also comes with a break played in the C-chord position.



*Couple these two tabs with a Capo and you can play this song in all 8 Keys commonly used in Bluegrass Music. You can play it where the singer wants to sing it!

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Style: Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Full Break in the Key of G and a Full Break in C-chord position.
G Tuning, gDGBD

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Before I Met You

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An up-the-neck Break based on the Flatt & Scruggs recording of Before I Met You.

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Black Mountain Rag

as recorded by Tom Adams with the Johnson Mountain Boys

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Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Key of A, capo 2nd fret
G Tuning, gDGBD
65 measures

Details: The tab contains the banjo break (Parts A and B) as played by Tom Adams on the Johnson Mountain Boys' CD Requests (Rounder Records 0246). Also included is Part C for the banjo Break and a complete Backup tab for all 3 parts A, B, and C.

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Blue Diamond Mines

as recorded by Tom Adams with the Johnson Mountain Boys

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From the Johnson Mountain Boys' Grammy®-nominated ninth album on Rounder Records, here's the tab for Tom's two banjo breaks plus the Ending.

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G Tuning, gDGBD


At #1 on the Bluegrass Unlimited chart following the release of the album "Blue Diamond" in 1993, the song was a showcase for Dudley Connell's soaring vocals.

Written by Jean Ritchie, the Johnson Mountain Boys recorded Blue Diamond Mines with sparse instrumentation - Dudley Connell on guitar, Earl Yager on bass, and Tom Adams on banjo.

You get the tab for both full banjo breaks heard on the recording, tab for the ending, and descriptive notes that discuss the right-hand techniques used on this soulful performance.

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Blue Moon Of Kentucky

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Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Key of G. G Tuning, gDGBD, 66 measures


Details: The tab contains 2 banjo breaks, each with the full verse and chorus. The 1st Break stays close to the melody as often sung by Bill Monroe. The 2nd Break, while still melody-based, is a tasteful variation, notably in Measures 44-45, where the break changes octaves on the words "keep on shining". Measure 56 features the high note that Bill Monroe would sometimes sing on the word "high", and Measure 64 features a Scruggs lick played over the D chord.

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Blue Ridge Cabin Home

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An up-the-neck Break based on the Flatt & Scruggs recording of Blue Ridge Cabin Home.

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Blue Ridge Mountain Blues

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Play a break to this song in G without a capo. (both Verse and Chorus breaks are included)

This item also comes with breaks played in the C-chord position. (both Verse and Chorus)


*Couple these two tabs with a Capo and you can play this song in all 8 Keys commonly used in Bluegrass Music. You can play it where the singer wants to sing it!

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Style: Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Full Verse and Chorus Breaks in the Key of G plus Breaks in C-chord position.
G Tuning, gDGBD

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Blue Yodel No. 3

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Live shows by the Johnson Mountain Boys are the source for two breaks in this tab.

Here's Tom Adams' break from the live JMB show, June 22, 1987 at Rockville MD AUDIO:



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G Tuning, gDGBD


3 Breaks in this 1 Tab: Earl Scruggs (1946), Richard Underwood (1983), Tom Adams (1987).

This bluegrass classic starts with the vocal, "She's long, she's tall, she's six feet from the ground".

Play two of these breaks in the Key of G in regular G tuning without a capo.

Scruggs' up-the-neck break from the Bill Monroe recording is played in the Key of C.

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Note: Monroe's version of Blue Yodel No. 3 was originally issued by Columbia Records as "No. 4".

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Bluegrass Breakdown

as recorded by Tom Adams

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Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Key of G
G Tuning, gDGBD
145 measures

Details: The tab contains all of the banjo breaks as played by Tom Adams on the CD Right Hand Man (Rounder Records 0282). This includes two complete banjo breaks (Parts A and B) plus three additional variations of Part B based on the recorded arrangement.

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Bluegrass Express

as recorded by Tom Adams with Rhonda Vincent

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A free sample of one of the tabs included in the E-book of transcriptions of Tom Adams' banjo playing on the Rhonda Vincent album "The Storm Still Rages".

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Born With A Hammer In My Hand

as recorded by Tom Adams with Blue Highway

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A tab of the opening track of Blue Highway's self-titled album on Ricky Skaggs' Ceili label. Tab for 2 banjo breaks as recorded by Tom Adams with Blue Highway (1999).

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Boulevard of Broken Dreams

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From Tom's "Adams County Banjo" column in the July 2005 Banjo Newsletter.

Here's a sample of the MP3 with Tom on banjo, mandolin, and guitar AUDIO:





This banjo tab is based on Green Day's hit song "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" from the band's 2004 album American Idiot.

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Style: Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing

The tab covers the signature instrumental lines, vocal verse and vocal chorus as heard on the first 1 min 27 sec of Green Day's hit single.
G Tuning, gDGBD

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Box Elder Beetles

as recorded by Tom Adams

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A free tab from Tom's book of tabs transcribed from his playing on the "Adams County Banjo" CD. Also included is a copy of the 3:00 minute video posted on YouTube.

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Brand New Shoes

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Link to YouTube:
Listen to Bill Monroe's "Brand New Shoes" - 1957

Play a break to this song in G without a capo.

This item also comes with a break played in the C-chord position.


*Couple these two tabs with a Capo and you can play this song in all 8 Keys commonly used in Bluegrass Music. You can play it where the singer wants to sing it!

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Style: Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Full Break in the Key of G plus a Break in C-chord position.
G Tuning, gDGBD

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Buckaroo

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Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Key of D
G Tuning, gDGBD
59 measures
Details: The tab contains 2 banjo breaks, based on the 1966 live album "Carnegie Hall Concert with Buck Owens and his Buckaroos". The tab is one continuous solo made up of breaks played by Don Rich on guitar and Tom Brumley on steel guitar.

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Bugle Call Rag

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A free tab and video that covers some of the breaks for Bugle Call Rag, based on the recording by Flatt & Scruggs.

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Can't You Hear Me Callin'

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Play a break to this song in G without a capo.

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Classic Bluegrass from Bill Monroe with Mac Wiseman, lead vocal (1949).


*Couple these two tabs with a Capo and you can play this song in all 8 Keys commonly used in Bluegrass Music. You can play it where the singer wants to sing it!

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Style: Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Full Break in the Key of G plus a Break in C-chord position.
G Tuning, gDGBD

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Carolina In My Mind

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Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Key of G
G Tuning, gDGBD
64 measures

Details: The tab is one continuous solo based on James Taylor's vocal performance on the 1976 recording of "Carolina In My Mind" on the "Greatest Hits" album. I tuned my banjo down to Open E for the MP3, but you play the tune as if it were in regular Open G tuning.


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Cindy

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Play a break to this song in G without a capo.

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Classic Bluegrass from Bill Monroe (1962).


*Couple these two tabs with a Capo and you can play this song in all 8 Keys commonly used in Bluegrass Music. You can play it where the singer wants to sing it!

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Style: Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Full Break in the Key of G plus a Break in C-chord position.
G Tuning, gDGBD

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Clinch Mountain Backstep

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Style: Steve Sparkman playing in the style of Ralph Stanley
Key of A, capo 2nd fret
G Tuning, gDGBD
39 measures

Details: The tab features 1 complete break with an Ending. Part A and Part B and the Ending as played by Steve Sparkman in this YouTube video.


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Cluck Old Hen

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Ralph Stanley's definitive traditional bluegrass version of Cluck Old Hen from his 1971 LP Something Old - Something New & Some of Katy's Mountain Dew.

Now on the Rebel Records 4-CD box set
Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys 1971-1973


Link to YouTube:
Listen to Cluck Old Hen by Ralph Stanley

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Style: Ralph Stanley's 3-finger style banjo playing
Full Break with variations and an Ending. Includes descriptive notes on the tab.
G Tuning, gDGBD

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Columbus Stockade Blues

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Play a break to this song in G without a capo. (both Verse and Chorus breaks are included)

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Listen to Bill Monroe: audio posted on YouTube.


*Couple these two tabs with a Capo and you can play this song in all 8 Keys commonly used in Bluegrass Music. You can play it where the singer wants to sing it!

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Style: Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Full Verse and Chorus Breaks in the Key of G plus Breaks in C-chord position.
G Tuning, gDGBD

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Come Back To Me In My Dreams

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Play a break to this song in G without a capo. (both Verse and Chorus breaks are included)

This item also comes with a break played in the C-chord position. (both Verse and Chorus)

Listen to Bill Monroe (1957): audio posted on YouTube.


*Couple these two tabs with a Capo and you can play this song in all 8 Keys commonly used in Bluegrass Music. You can play it where the singer wants to sing it!

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Style: Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Full Verse and Chorus Breaks in the Key of G plus Breaks in C-chord position.
G Tuning, gDGBD

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Cripple Creek

from the Foggy Mountain Banjo album

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A free tab and video that covers some of the breaks for Cripple Creek, based on the recording by Flatt & Scruggs.

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Cryin' Holy

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Tab for 3 breaks to Cryin' Holy by Earl Scruggs as seen in YouTube videos from the Flatt & Scruggs TV show.

Play a break to this song in G without a capo.

This item also comes with a break played in the C-chord position written by Tom Adams.


*Couple these two tabs with a Capo and you can play this song in all 8 Keys commonly used in Bluegrass Music. You can play it where the singer wants to sing it!

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Style: Scruggs-style and Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Full Break in the Key of G plus a Break in C-chord position.
G Tuning, gDGBD

Videos on YouTube: Flatt & Scruggs 01 and Flatt & Scruggs 02

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Don't Forget Me, Little Darlin'

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Play a break to this song in G without a capo.

This item also comes with a break played in the C-chord position.

Flatt & Scruggs with Everett Lilly (1950s): audio posted on YouTube.

Titled We May Meet Again Someday The Bluegrass Album Band (1980s): audio posted on YouTube.


*Couple these two tabs with a Capo and you can play this song in all 8 Keys commonly used in Bluegrass Music. You can play it where the singer wants to sing it!

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Style: Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Full Break in the Key of G plus a Break in C-chord position.
G Tuning, gDGBD

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Don't Give Your Heart To A Rambler

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Style: based on the playing of Paul Craft
Key of A, capo 2nd fret and play as in G
G Tuning, gDGBD
40 measures

Details: Tab contains the banjo break and the banjo backup for the mandolin break as played by Paul Craft on the 1962 album Country Music Time by Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys.

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Down In The Valley

Up-the-neck Break

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An up-the-neck break for the classic melody "Down In The Valley" played in the Key of G and based on the singing of Lester Flatt. 26 measures. 3/4 Time, G tuning gDGBD.

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Down The Road

Up-the-neck Break

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An up-the-neck Break based on, and intended to complement, the down-the-neck breaks heard on the original Flatt & Scruggs recording of Down the Road.

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Down To The River To Pray

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Style: Tom Adams 3-finger banjo style
Key of E, tune to Open E, or capo 2nd fret using D-tuning
19 measures

Details: Tab contains a complete banjo break played in the same Key as sung by Alison Krauss on the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack from the 2000 film.

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East Virginia Blues

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Style: J.D. Crowe-style 3-finger banjo playing

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Transcribed from live recordings, you get 7 banjo breaks from 5 different shows by J.D. Crowe.

1969 and 1971 - J.D. Crowe and the Kentucky Mountain Boys
1974, 1975 and ca. 2003-09 - J.D. Crowe and the New South



This collection of tabs will give you the opportunity to study the playing of the legendary J.D. Crowe in particular but in a more general sense you'll see and hear how professional banjo players vary the notes within their breaks. All seven breaks are clearly "East Virginia Blues" as Crowe, over a 40-year span of live recordings, builds each break on the same interpretation of the melody.

As you compare these 7 banjo breaks, you'll clearly hear the main theme stated in each break and you'll notice the various licks that are inserted that make each break unique.

2 of the 7 breaks are from performances where Crowe gets to play a second banjo break just before the final vocal verse of "East Virginia Blues". You'll hear how he takes a "hotter" solo than the one he used to open the song.

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The First Whippoorwill

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Tab for 3 breaks to the Bill Monroe bluegrass classic The First Whippoorwill, including James Bowers' break on the original 1951 Monroe recording.

Play a break to this song in G without a capo. (both Verse and Chorus breaks are included)

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*Couple these two tabs with a Capo and you can play this song in all 8 Keys commonly used in Bluegrass Music. You can play it where the singer wants to sing it!

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Style: Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Full Verse and Chorus Breaks in the Key of G plus Breaks in C-chord position.
G Tuning, gDGBD

Classic Bluegrass from Bill Monroe (1951): audio posted on YouTube.

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Foggy Mountain Breakdown

1949 recording

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Free banjo tab with a video demonstrating and discussing the 1st Break on the original 1949 recording of Foggy Mountain Breakdown, where Flatt & Scruggs were tuned up approximately one half-step to Ab (G#).

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Foggy Mountain Special

from the Flatt & Scruggs TV Show

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The YouTube video shows the Flatt & Scruggs TV Show with 7-year old Ricky Skaggs playing mandolin on the tune Foggy Mountain Special. Earl plays a banjo break 1:38 - 1:53 in the video. They play the tune in the Key of A and Earl plays it on the banjo without a capo. Tab PDF + video demo.

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Four Walls Around Me

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Link to YouTube:
Listen to Mac Wiseman's 1952 recording.

Note: The banjo tab is not a transcription of David "Stringbean" Akeman's playing on this record.


Listening to Mac Wiseman's 1952 recording of Four Walls Around Me is a great place for you to start learning this song. This banjo tab closely follows the melody sung by Mac and includes both a full break and a full section of rolling down-the-neck backup that can be played behind a vocal verse, chorus, or another instrumentalist's break. The tab is in G tuning, played in the Key of G. Tab by Tom Adams. The tab is based on the tempo of Mac Wiseman's 1952 version at approximately 103 bpm.

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Goodbye Old Pal

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Style: Scruggs-style/Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Key of B, capo 4th fret
G Tuning, gDGBD
21 measures

Details: The tab contains the split banjo/fiddle break from the recording Flame Keeper by Michael Cleveland (Rounder Records 0494). The first 9 measures of the tab cover the banjo lead while measures 10-21 cover the rolling down-the-neck backup for the fiddle. Tom plays the whole tab in the accompanying video.

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Greenville Trestle High

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Style: Scruggs-style/Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Key of G and Key of D - two different tabs so you can play the song with ANY singer in ANY Key
G Tuning, gDGBD (and for the Key of D, just hook the 5th string 2 frets higher)
78 measures


Details: Full Verse Breaks and Chorus Breaks in both Open G position and D position for Doc Watson's classic Greenville Trestle High. Tom Adams has tabbed out the banjo breaks in different Keys so that you can either play along with the original Doc Watson recording or you can play the song in the Key of G, using the familiar Open G Tuning (gDGBD). Based on Doc's recording of Greenville Trestle High on the album "Riding The Midnight Train" and played at 93 bpm. Includes the lyrics so you can follow along and match where you are in your banjo solo with the words to the song as sung by Doc Watson. By playing these tabs and using a capo, you can place this song in any Key required by the singer in your group or jam!

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Hanging Tree

$5.99 Instant Digital Download Banjo Tab PDF + TEF + MP3 + Video

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"The Hanging Tree" is a song performed by composer James Newton Howard featuring vocals from American actress Jennifer Lawrence for the 2014 film The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, the third installment of The Hunger Games film series.

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Jennifer Lawrence's vocal performance is the basis for this 3-finger bluegrass banjo version by Tom Adams. You get a banjo tab PDF + TablEdit file + MP3 + Video. Key of Am. G Tuning gDGBD, Capo 2nd fret.

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Style: Tom Adams 3-finger style banjo playing

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Hard, Ain't It Hard

$5.99 Instant Digital Download Banjo Tab PDF + TEF

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Based on the melody sung by The Weavers, this tab features Tom Adams' arrangement with a down-the-neck Chorus and Verse plus an up-the-neck variation for the Verse.

Hard, Ain't It Hard is one of the banjo tunes featured on the 1972 album Dueling Banjos from the Original Soundtrack 'Deliverance'
Listen to Hard, Ain't It Hard by Eric Weissberg (YouTube)


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Style: Tom Adams 3-finger style banjo playing
55 Measures with Ending
G Tuning, gDGBD

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Harry Potter Music

based on Hedwig's Theme

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Harry Potter music on the 5-string banjo, 3/4 time, Key of Em, based on Hedwig's Theme , composed by John Williams.

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Hot Corn, Cold Corn

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Style: Scruggs-style/Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Key of G
G Tuning, gDGBD
28 measures

Details: The tab contains 2 up-the-neck banjo breaks to complement the Earl Scruggs down-the-neck breaks recorded on the 1962 album "At Carnegie Hall!" by Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & the Foggy Mountain Boys.

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How Mountain Girls Can Love

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An iconic bluegrass song from The Stanley Brothers 1958 recording session for King Records.

The tab contains breaks by Ralph Stanley and breaks by Jim Mills with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, including an up-the-neck break. 4 Banjo Solos in all. Played in G.


Listen to How Mountain Girls Can Love by The Stanley Brothers (YouTube)

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Style: Ralph Stanley and Jim Mills 3-finger style banjo playing
4 Full Breaks with chord chart and descriptive notes on the tab.
G Tuning, gDGBD

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Humble and Kind

Tim McGraw's hit single with over 20 million YouTube views

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Listen to a sample from the Tim McGraw recording AUDIO:



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Works great in a bluegrass setting! The tab contains both Verse and Chorus banjo breaks for the Tim McGraw hit song "Humble and Kind". Played in G tuning. Put the capo on the 4th fret and play in the key of B, the Key of the Tim McGraw recording. 50 bpm, Banjo Tab by Tom Adams.

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I Saw The Light

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An up-the-neck break for this country classic by Hank Williams.

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I'll Fly Away

$4.99 Instant Digital Download Banjo Tab PDF + MP3

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Style: Scruggs-style/Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Key of G
G Tuning, gDGBD
73 measures

Details: The tab contains 2 banjo breaks, each with the full verse and chorus and each following the melody as the song is sung on classic recordings such as the one by The Brown's Ferry Four. This is a great example of breaks which combine long (quarter) notes and short (eighth) notes to create a sound that makes the banjo "sing" the tune.

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I'm Lonesome Without You

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From the 1953 Stanley Brothers session for Mercury and the 1976 session by Ralph Stanley for Rebel.

The tab contains 3 breaks by Ralph Stanley plus Tom Adams' down-the-neck break. Played in G.

Listen to I'm Lonesome Without You by The Stanley Brothers (YouTube)


Known for its vocal trio on the chorus:

Oh, the road is rough and rocky
Since the day I last saw you
Another's won your heart forever
And I'm lonesome without you.


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Style: Ralph Stanley and Tom Adams 3-finger style banjo playing
Full Breaks with chord chart and descriptive notes on the tab.
G Tuning, gDGBD

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I'm Sitting On Top Of The World

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Style: Scruggs-style/Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Key of G
G Tuning, gDGBD
51 measures

Details: The tab contains 3 banjo breaks. The 1st Break lays down a clear melody, assisted by Scruggs licks during the C chord, and leading into and during the D chord. The 2nd Break is a "fancier" break with backward rolls on a C7 chord and a much "busier" third line than the 1st Break. The 3rd Break is an example of a solo that is both tasteful and "hot" in terms of the phrasing and note choices, a good solo for leading into the final vocal section where a "hot" break may be just the ticket.

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I'm Using My Bible for a Roadmap

Reno & Smiley's gospel music standard from 1952

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As of this post (6/27/2016) the audio can be found on YouTube at this link.

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Based on the original 1952 recording of "I'm Using My Bible for a Roadmap" recorded by Don Reno & Red Smiley.

The tab includes
1) the Intro Break
2) the 1st Break and
3) the full verse 2nd Break which features some classic Reno-style playing in the second half of the break.

You get a banjo tab PDF that includes a Chord Chart for the song plus a TablEdit TEF file that will "play" the tab on your device using the free TEF Viewer available from TablEdit. Be sure to listen to the original 1952 recording as you're learning these banjo breaks.

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In The Sweet By And By

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Play a break to this song in G without a capo.
This item also comes with a break played in the C-chord position.

Full Breaks for both the Verse and the Chorus



*Couple these two tabs with a Capo and you can play this song in all 8 Keys commonly used in Bluegrass Music. You can play it where the singer wants to sing it!

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Style: Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
G Tuning, gDGBD

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It Rains Everywhere I Go

as recorded by Tom Adams with Lynn Morris

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From the album "Mama's Hand" by Lynn Morris, this tab is a transcription of 2 Breaks from Tom Adams' banjo track from that recording. Key of B, played in Open B Tuning bBF#BD#

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I've Endured

as recorded by Tom Adams on the CD Springfield Exit

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Tab includes Breaks and Backup from the Springfield Exit CD AUDIO:



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Style: Scruggs-style/Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Key of Bb
G Tuning, gDGBD

Details: The tab contains all of the Breaks and banjo backup played by Tom Adams for the 4 vocal verses. Lyrics are included in the tab so that you can easily find where in the song you're playing and compare it to the sound you hear on the Springfield Exit recording. The TEF plays the tab on your device so you can listen to the tab. You get an MP3 with both banjo breaks.

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I've Endured

as played by Bill Runkle with Del McCoury in 1975

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Banjo Tab for Bill Runkle's breaks on "I've Endured" on the 1975 Del McCoury album.

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Jesse James

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Style: Scruggs-style/Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Key of G
G Tuning, gDGBD
66 measures


Details: The tab contains 2 banjo breaks, each with the full verse and chorus. The 1st Break follows the melody as sung by Vernon Dalhart on a 1927 78 rpm record on the Victor label. The 2nd Break is a variation based on the 1st Break and moves away from the strict interpretation of the melody in several instances. Note Measures 61-62 where the melody on the words "shot Mr. Howard" is played an octave higher than the surrounding measures in that break.

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Jesse James

played in D Chord Position

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Here's a version of the song Jesse James played in D Chord Position. Tab for both breaks and backup played in D.

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John Hardy

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Style: Scruggs-style/Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Key of A
G Tuning, gDGBD
108 measures

Details: The tab contains all of the banjo breaks as played by Tom Adams on the CD Right Hand Man (Rounder Records 0282). This includes three breaks plus an Ending.

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Katy Daley

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One of Ralph Stanley's signature songs from his classic 1971 LP Something Old - Something New & Some of Katy's Mountain Dew.

Now on the Rebel Records 4-CD box set
Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys 1971-1973


Listen to Katy Daley by Ralph Stanley (YouTube)

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Style: Ralph Stanley's 3-finger style banjo playing
Down-the-neck Break, Up-the-neck Break, Intro Turnaround and Ending
G Tuning, gDGBD

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Keep On the Sunny Side

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Style: Tom Adams 3-finger style banjo playing


Recorded in 1928 by the Carter Family and featured in the 2000 motion picture O Brother, Where Art Thou? sung by The Whites, Keep On the Sunny Side is a classic country / bluegrass song. You get a banjo tab for playing in the Key of G (and you can use a capo to also play in the Keys of A, Bb and B) and a tab for playing in the C chord position (you can use a capo to also play in the Keys of D, E and F). So, no matter where the singer wants to place the song, you can play a break. The tab comes with full verse and full chorus breaks for each Key. Have fun picking this popular song at your next jam! Tab by Tom Adams.

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Last Date

Scroll down to view a sample of the Custom Video Lesson

$4.99 Instant Digital Download Banjo Tab PDF + MP3

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Style: Scruggs-style/Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Key of C
G Tuning, gDGBD
25 measures

Details: The tab contains one complete Break which includes an Intro, Ending, and Parts A and B based on the piano playing of Floyd Cramer on the original 1960 hit record.

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Custom Video Banjo Lesson

includes DVD with Tab PDF + MP3

Last Date Custom Banjo Lesson DVD, Tab PDF + MP3


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Linus and Lucy

music from A Charlie Brown Christmas

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Style: Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Key of G
G Tuning, gDGBD
90 measures

Details: The tab contains one complete Break which includes an Intro, Ending, and three of the main Themes stated on the original 1965 recording by Vince Guaraldi and featured in the TV special "A Charlie Brown Christmas". The accompanying stereo mp3 is from the June, 2003 original recorded direct to mini-disc.

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Lisa's Joy

$5.99 Instant Digital Download Banjo Tab PDF + TEF

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Another cool banjo tune by Dr. Ralph as heard on the Rebel Records 4-CD box set

Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys 1971-1973


Listen to Lisa's Joy by Ralph Stanley (YouTube)

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Style: Ralph Stanley's 3-finger style banjo playing
Full Break with Ending
G Tuning, gDGBD

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Listen To The Music

$4.99 Instant Digital Download Banjo Tab PDF + MP3

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Style: Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Key of E, Capo 2nd fret, hook 5th string at B, play as in D.
G Tuning, gDGBD
62 measures

Details: The tab arrangement contains four signature sounds associated with this 70s Rock classic: the Intro, Verse, Chorus and Ending, based on the original recording by The Doobie Brothers on their 1972 album "Toulouse Street" and included in the CD "Best Of The Doobies".

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Little Cabin Home On The Hill

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Tab for an up-the-neck Break to Little Cabin Home On The Hill played in Open G.

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Little Darlin', Pal of Mine

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Tab for an up-the-neck Break to Little Darlin', Pal of Mine to complement the down-the-neck breaks played by Earl Scruggs on the album "Foggy Mountain Banjo".

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Lonesome Road Blues

(Goin' Down the Road Feelin' Bad)
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Style: Scruggs-style/Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Key of G, down-the-neck banjo breaks
G Tuning, gDGBD
51 measures

Details: The tab contains 3 down-the-neck banjo breaks. The 1st Break follows the melody closely and has the pick-up notes suitable to kick off the song. The 2nd Break still stays close to the melody but is a busier and hotter break than the 1st. The 3rd Break starts with a rhythmic variation and uses backward rolls on the C7 both times, first at the third fret and later at the 8th fret, all the while supporting the melody.

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Long Journey Home (Two Dollar Bill)

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Style: Scruggs-style/Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Key of G
G Tuning, gDGBD
51 measures

Details: The tab contains 3 banjo breaks. The 1st Break can be used for the Kickoff to the song as the melody is clearly evident in each of the tune's 4 lines. The 2nd Break, while still strongly melody-based, features variations leading into the C chord and again on the 4th line into the D chord. The 3rd Break is yet another example of working around the melody with tasteful variations that support the main theme.

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Love Gone Cold

based on the Monroe-Flatt-Scruggs radio performance in the 1940s

$2.99 Instant Digital Download Banjo Tab PDF with free MP3

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Banjo Tab for the Earl Scruggs solo in the late 1940s with Bill Monroe and Lester Flatt.
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Style: Scruggs-style banjo playing
Key of B
G Tuning, gDGBD
19 measures

Details: The tab contains my interpretation of the Scruggs banjo break during this performance. Page two of the tab contains a detailed discussion about the break.

Read more about this recording at this page.

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Love Me Darling Just Tonight

$5.99 Instant Digital Download Banjo Tab PDF + TEF

Listen to a sample from Ralph Stanley's 1958 recording AUDIO:



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G Tuning, gDGBD

You get 4 complete banjo breaks with this item. Two breaks as played by Ralph Stanley on the Stanley Brothers 1958 session for King Records and two breaks as played by Tom Adams in 2001 for Shawn Lane's album "All For Today". Ralph's second break starts out up-the-neck for the first half before moving back down-the-neck for some signature rolls where the index finger picks the 4th string. Tom's second break features one of his signature time-shifted licks as the tune moves from the 4 chord back to the 1.

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Love Please Come Home

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Tab for an up-the-neck Break to Love Please Come Home played in the Key of G in G Tuning.

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Mary At The Home Place

$5.99 Instant Digital Download Banjo Tab PDF + TEF

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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G Tuning, gDGBD, Key of A capo 2nd fret, 40 measures

Details: 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.

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Maury River Blues

$2.99 Instant Digital Download Banjo Tab PDF with free MP3

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Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Key of Gm (just capo 2nd fret to play the tune in A-minor)
G Tuning, gDGBD
33 measures

Details: Tab contains one full banjo break for the David McLaughlin (Johnson Mountain Boys) mandolin tune Maury River Blues. This is a tab of the break that Tom played on Jesse Brock's mandolin CD "Kickin' Grass". Click on the track above to hear the break. With your banjo in regular open G Tuning, you can play in the minor key without re-tuning just by following this tab.

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Mountain Dew

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You get 3 breaks with this tab. Two down-the-neck breaks - a Verse break and a Chorus break plus an up-the-neck break where the melody falls mainly on the first and second strings. Tom Adams-style 3-finger playing. Key of G, G tuning gDGBD


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Originally recorded by Grandpa Jones in 1947 for King Records - with the banjo played in the clawhammer style - the song is a natural for the 3-finger style and is a popular number at many bluegrass jams. The melody of this song is widely interpreted, often with the singer at a jam choosing to forego the high notes, but this banjo tab follows the melody as sung by Grandpa Jones in his many recordings and performances of Mountain Dew.

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My Rose Of Old Kentucky


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Tab for an up-the-neck Break to My Rose Of Old Kentucky played in the Key of G in G Tuning.

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Nashville Skyline Rag

$2.99 Instant Digital Download Banjo Tab PDF

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Style: based on the playing of Earl Scruggs
Key of C
G Tuning, gDGBD
31 measures

Details: Tab contains one banjo break plus the Ending. This is the version that I studied when I learned to play the tune in 1970 after seeing Earl Scruggs play in person at Sunset Park in West Grove, Pennsylvania. Earl autographed my RB-250 Gibson banjo that day.

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Nine Pound Hammer


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Style: Scruggs-style/Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Key of G
G Tuning, gDGBD
51 measures

Details: Tab contains 3 banjo breaks, based on the melody as it is traditionally sung. The first break follows the melody throughout while the 2nd break substitutes Scruggs licks on the second and fourth lines. The third break takes your playing outside of the melody with a tasteful variation in phrasing and a bluesy second half played in the Tom Adams style.

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No Mother Or Dad

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Style: based on the playing of Earl Scruggs and Terry Baucom
Key of G
G Tuning, gDGBD
37 measures

Details: Tab contains 2 banjo breaks. The 1st Break is based on Earl Scruggs' playing on the 1949 recording by Flatt & Scruggs. The 2nd Break is based on the playing of Terry Baucom with Boone Creek on their 1978 release "One Way Track" for Sugar Hill Records.

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Old Home Place


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Tab for an up-the-neck Break to Old Home Place played in G Tuning and demonstrated in Bb, based on the recording by J.D. Crowe & the New South.

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Petticoat Junction

$4.99 Instant Digital Download Banjo Tab PDF + Video

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Style: based on the playing of Earl Scruggs
Key of G
G Tuning, gDGBD
38 measures

Details: This is a tab of the Kickoff and Banjo Break based on the playing of Earl Scruggs on the original 1964 Columbia recording by Flatt & Scruggs. Tom demonstrates the Kickoff and the Break in the video.

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Pick Along

$4.99 Instant Digital Download Banjo Tab PDF + MP3

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Style: Scruggs-style/Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
2 Breaks in G Tuning, gDGBD
33 measures

Details: The tab contains 2 banjo breaks + an ending based on Earl Scruggs' playing on the album "Strictly Instrumental" Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs with Doc Watson released in 1967 on Columbia Records.

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Rank Stranger

$5.99 Instant Digital Download Banjo Tab PDF + TEF


The tab is based on the Stanley Brothers classic 1960 recording of Rank Stranger (YouTube).


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Style: Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Intro, full Verse Break, full Chorus Break in G Tuning, gDGBD, Key of G
64 measures

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Red Haired Boy and  Big Sciota

$5.99 Instant Digital Download Banjo Tab PDF + TEF + *MP3 and *Video


Watch the video of Red-Haired Boy:


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Style: Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
G Tuning, gDGBD
Key of A, capo 2nd fret

These are melodic tunes played mostly in Scruggs style.

The tab for Red Haired Boy is for the break shown in the video.

Big Sciota features 2 breaks, played mostly in Scruggs rather than melodic style.


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Red Line to Shady Grove

As recorded by Tom Adams with the Lynn Morris Band

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Style: Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
G Tuning, gDGBD
Key of A, capo 2nd fret
123 Measures

Details: Tom Adams' banjo tune on The Lynn Morris Band album "The Bramble and The Rose" (Rounder 0288, released 1992). Red Line to Shady Grove is played in regular G tuning with the capo at the 2nd fret (Key of A). You get the banjo tab for all 3 breaks on the recording. Transcribed by Tom Adams.

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Rocky Top

Based on the playing of Sonny Osborne

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Style: Sonny Osborne-style 3-finger banjo playing
G Tuning, gDGBD, Key of G -or-
Key of B, capo 4th fret to play along with the Osborne Brothers


Details: There are many different performances by The Osborne Brothers, audio and video, available online of the song "Rocky Top". This tab is based on their original hit version as played by Sonny Osborne on the 1967 Decca Records single by The Osborne Brothers. This banjo tab features the Kickoff, Break, and Ending plus a bonus tab for a full chorus break. Style: based on the playing of Sonny Osborne, G Tuning, gDGBD, 53 measures. You can play the tab in the Key of G or capo the 4th fret to play it in the Key of B to match the Osborne Brothers recording.

The original Decca recording of Rocky Top is part of the 114-track Bear Family Box Set "The Osborne Brothers 1956-1968"

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Rocky Top

played in C Chord position

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Tab for Rocky Top played in the C chord position to accommodate singers who set the song in Keys such as C, D, E, and F.

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Rosa Lee McFall

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Format: PDF and MP3 of each break played at 82 bpm
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Style: Scruggs-style/Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
2 Breaks: one in the of Key of G and the other in the Key of D
G Tuning, gDGBD
38 measures


Details: The tab contains 2 banjo breaks on this Charlie Monroe song that dates back to the earliest days of bluegrass music. The chords and melody in this banjo tab are based on the popular Grateful Dead version recorded live in 1980. The Dead play the song in the Key of E, so you can play along by using a capo at the 2nd fret and playing in the D chord position. If you'd like to play the song in the Key of G, the tab includes a down-the-neck break that stays within the first five frets.

Listen to the Grateful Dead version here

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Sawmill Shuffle

as recorded by Tom Adams

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Style: Scruggs-style/Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Key of C
C Tuning, gCGBD
66 measures

Details: Tab contains the two breaks as played by Tom Adams on the Adams County Banjo CD (Rounder 0312) released in 2001.

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Shortnin' Bread

based on the playing of Earl Scruggs

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Format: PDF and MP3 of each break played at 82 bpm
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Style: Scruggs-style 3-finger banjo playing
G Tuning, gDGBD
62 measures

Details: The tab contains 2 banjo breaks and an Ending based on Earl Scruggs' playing on the DVD "The Best of the Flatt & Scruggs TV Show, Vol. 1".

Watch the Flatt & Scruggs version here (starts at 0:49)

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Shouting On The Hills Of Glory


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From Ralph Stanley's 1971 recording session with Keith Whitley and Ricky Skaggs.

You get 3 breaks for this classic gospel song: Ralph's down-the-neck break as heard on the original recording, plus two breaks tabbed by Tom Adams - one down-the-neck break and one up-the-neck break. Played in G.


Listen to Shouting On The Hills Of Glory by Ralph Stanley (YouTube)

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Style: Ralph Stanley and Tom Adams 3-finger style banjo playing
3 Full Breaks with Ending and chord chart.
G Tuning, gDGBD

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Some Old Day


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Style: Earl Scruggs / Tom Adams 3-finger style banjo playing
G Tuning, gDGBD


Flatt & Scruggs' classic "Some Old Day" - you get tab for 2 breaks - one full verse down-the-neck break and one full verse up-the-neck break. Plus the TablEdit file which will "play" the tab on your device. MP3 audio for each break plus a bonus Video so you can see clearly both right and left hand technique as you learn the tune. Played in G Tuning in the Key of G. Have fun picking this bluegrass classic on the banjo!

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Sophronie


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J.D. Crowe's 2 breaks plus fiddle backup from the 1958 Decca recording session with Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys.


One of Jimmy Martin's bluegrass standards gets the hard-driving banjo treatment from 20-year-old J.D. Crowe.

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2 Full Breaks plus the banjo backup for the Fiddle Break.
G Tuning, gDGBD

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Sunny Side Of The Mountain

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Listen to Mike Miller's break on the album Sunny Side of the Mountain AUDIO:




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Style: based on the playing of Meredith "Mike" Miller
Key of A, capo 2nd fret and play as in G
G Tuning, gDGBD
51 measures

Details: Tab contains one banjo break plus the down-the-neck rolling backup for the mandolin break. This includes the classic banjo break recorded in 1964 by Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys with Mike Miller on banjo. Mike recorded 16 songs with Jimmy in the mid-1960s, between the tenures of J.D. Crowe and Bill Emerson. Tab also includes a detailed discussion on aspects of both the break and backup.

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Sweet Dixie

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Listen to Bill Emerson's break on the album Mr. Good 'n Country AUDIO:




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Style: based on the playing of Bill Emerson
Key of D, capo 2nd fret and play as in C
G Tuning, gDGBD
41 measures

Details: Tab contains one complete banjo break (parts A and B) plus the ending based on Bill Emerson's playing on the 1966 album Mr. Good 'n Country by Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys. This is one of the classic banjo instrumentals in the bluegrass repertoire.

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Take Me Home, Country Roads

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Style: Scruggs-style/Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Key of A
G Tuning, gDGBD
76 measures

Details: This tab is an instrumental version of the song as sung by John Denver. It closely follows the melody of all three parts of the song: the verses, choruses and bridge.

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True Life Blues


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Recorded by Bill Monroe in 1945, this is a classic bluegrass number that's been recorded by many artists including Kathy Kallick, Del McCoury and even as a guitar instrumental by George Shuffler and James Alan Shelton.


The banjo tab includes breaks for both the Open G position and the C-chord position so you can play the song in any of the eight common bluegrass keys - anywhere the singer wants to sing it - you're ready to pick!

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Tom Adams style 3-finger picking
2 Full Breaks, G Tuning, gDGBD

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Unwanted Love

as recorded by Tom Adams with the Johnson Mountain Boys

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Tab for two banjo breaks as played by Tom Adams on the Johnson Mountain Boys album "Live at the Old Schoolhouse". G Tuning, Key of B, capo 4th fret.

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Wabash Cannonball


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*MP3 and Video demonstrate the Key of G version of the break only.

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Style: Scruggs-style/Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Key of G and a tab for playing in the C-chord position
G Tuning, gDGBD
each break is 20 measures


Details: *The tab contains a full break in the Key of G and a full break played in the C-chord position, making it possible for you to play this song in virtually any Key the singer wants to sing it in. You get a Chord Chart and descriptive notes on the tab.


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Wagon Wheel


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The million-selling jam tune from the 2004 album O.C.M.S.
The tab contains two of Tom's breaks published in the Feb. 2014 issue of Banjo Newsletter.


You get the banjo tab PDF, TEF and MP3 files for two banjo breaks.

Link to YouTube:
Listen to Wagon Wheel by OCMS

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Style: Tom Adams 3-finger style banjo playing
G Tuning, gDGBD

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Walt's Breakdown

continued from the May 2012 BNL

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Continued from the May 2012 edition of Banjo Newsletter, where a tab for the first part of this tune was published. Based on the playing of Walter Hensley.

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Washington County

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Listen to a sample from the banjo break mp3 AUDIO:



and listen to a sample of the original fiddle break AUDIO:




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Style: Scruggs-style/Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Key of A
G Tuning, gDGBD
57 measures

Details: Tab contains 1 complete banjo break with the full A and B Parts. This banjo break - the note choices and rolls - is based on the fiddle playing of International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor inductee Kenny Baker on the album "Forty Years Late" by Butch Robins.

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What A Wonderful World

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Style: Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Key of F, no capo
G Tuning, gDGBD
30 measures

Details: Tab contains 1 complete banjo break, based on the original 1967 recording by Louis Armstrong. The break stays close to the melody, using triplets to create a full sound.

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When The Saints Go Marching In

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




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Style: Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing

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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.

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White Oak On The Hill

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Here's a sample of the chorus as recorded by Ralph Stanley in 1988:



Listen to this sample of the break and backup from the MP3:




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Style: Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing

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In the late 1980s when I was in the Johnson Mountain Boys, Ralph Stanley's band consisted of the members heard on this recording of White Oak On The Hill from Ralph's album "I'll Answer The Call".

The 1988 recording features instrumental turnarounds by the fiddle and guitar. No banjo break appears on "White Oak" so, based on Sammy Adkins' lead vocal, I wrote the tab for a full verse break to the song. The backup is based on the two-string up-the-neck backup that you hear Ralph playing on the track.

The accompanying MP3 is played with my banjo capoed at the 2nd fret for the Key of A, the key used on the Stanley LP.

Lyrics are shown below the tab in both the Break and the Backup to indicate where you are in the song as you play through the tab.

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Wildwood Flower

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Style: Scruggs-style/Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Key of G
G Tuning, gDGBD
39 measures

Details: Tab contains 2 banjo breaks, based on the original recording by The Carter Family and based on Mother Maybelle's guitar playing. The 1st break stays close to the melody while the 2nd break provides a variation that complements it.

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Will The Circle Be Unbroken


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Style: Scruggs-style/Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Key of G
G Tuning, gDGBD
51 measures

Details: The tab contains 3 banjo breaks. The melody is plainly evident in the 1st Break while in the 2nd Break, variations on the C chord and in the 4th line are present. The 3rd Break takes more liberties with the melody throughout all 4 lines, making this a good example of a break that would appear near the end of the piece once the melody had been firmly established by the preceding instrumentalists and singers.

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Wreck of the Old 97


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Style: Scruggs-style/Tom Adams-style 3-finger banjo playing
Key of G, G Tuning, gDGBD. 51 measures


Details: The tab contains 3 banjo breaks. The 1st Break is based on Earl Scruggs' playing on the 1962 version of the song by Flatt & Scruggs. The 2nd Break shows how Tom Adams has played the tune for many years, having learned it from Flatt & Scruggs, but not playing it note for note. The 3rd Break is a variation played in a style compatible with the first two breaks. The melody is still plainly evident while the note choices that differ from the melody will tastefully complement an earlier solo. Recommended to be played not as a kickoff to the song but later in the song once the melody has been firmly established.

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You Don't Know My Mind


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Listen to J.D. Crowe's kickoff on the album Good 'n Country AUDIO:




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Style: based on the playing of J.D. Crowe
Key of A, capo 2nd fret
G Tuning, gDGBD
48 measures

Details: The tab contains the Kickoff, a full banjo Break, and the banjo backup for the fiddle break based on J.D. Crowe's playing on the 1960 album "Good 'n Country" by Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys.

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Your Cheatin' Heart


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Here's the video of the break played in C chord position:




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Style: as is customary for slow country and slow bluegrass songs, this arrangement uses triplets to fill the time between melody notes.
Key of C, G Tuning, gDGBD

Details: What's more fun than getting to play a break on a driving, traditional bluegrass vocal number? Getting to take two breaks, of course! It's always exciting to kick off a song with your banjo knowing that you'll also be taking the final instrumental break, adding a little more flash to that second solo. Two legendary players, Earl Scruggs and J.D. Crowe, provide excellent examples of solid, straight-to-the-point breaks for Your Love Is Like a Flower. This is a popular, basic 3-chord song perfect for jamming at any tempo. Played in G Tuning in the Key of G, you can use a capo to also play these breaks in A, Bb, and B.

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Your Love Is Like a Flower


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Listen to Earl Scruggs' second break AUDIO:




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Style: based on the playing of Earl Scruggs and J.D. Crowe
Key of G, G Tuning, gDGBD, 74 measures

Details: What's more fun than getting to play a break on a driving, traditional bluegrass vocal number? Getting to take two breaks, of course! It's always exciting to kick off a song with your banjo knowing that you'll also be taking the final instrumental break, adding a little more flash to that second solo. Two legendary players, Earl Scruggs and J.D. Crowe, provide excellent examples of solid, straight-to-the-point breaks for Your Love Is Like a Flower. This is a popular, basic 3-chord song perfect for jamming at any tempo. Played in G Tuning in the Key of G, you can use a capo to also play these breaks in A, Bb, and B.

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