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  • Tablatures

    Scruggs Style

    Flatt & Scruggs

    A classic Earl Scruggs banjo arrangement of Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow in drop C. Measure 6 is a particularly fun section of the song, featuring a bluesy moment to lead you from an F chord to a C chord.

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  • Scruggs Style-2

    Flatt & Scruggs

    This is an up the neck break in the Key of G. Notice how many of the banjo chord shapes are similar to the key of C in open/first position.

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  • Melodic Style

    Flatt & Scruggs

    A version of Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow that uses a lot of elements from the Scruggs arrangement. This gives you a chance to work on blending styles in your banjo soloing and improvisation.

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  • Backup

    Flatt & Scruggs

    More classic Scruggs playing with a couple fancy 7th chords thrown in to give it some color. 7th chords are great for creating and releasing tension in a song.

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  • Licks

    I - V Chord Lick #9 (Drop C)

    Fill Lick

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  • Backup #11 (Drop C)

    Backup Lick

    This lick works great as a walk up to the IV, or F chord in the key of C.

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  • Backup #10 (Drop C)

    Fill Lick

    Use this lick over the F chord in the key of C.

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  • I - V Chord Lick #8 (Drop C)

    Backup Lick

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  • Bluesy #6 (Drop C)

    Fill Lick

    This 7th chord lick works great when moving from the I chord to the IV, or F chord in the key of C. Watch out for those triplets!

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  • Bluesy #7 (Drop C)

    Fill Lick

    This is a cool IV chord lick that blends elements of Scruggs and Single String styles.

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  • Bluesy Backup #3 (Drop C)

    Backup Lick

    This lick works great as a walk up to the IV, or F chord in the key of C.

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  • I - V Chord Lick #5 (Drop C)

    Fill Lick

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  • I - V Chord Lick #4 (Drop C)

    Fill Lick

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  • Scruggs #8 (Drop C)

    Fill Lick

    This 7th chord lick works great when moving from the I chord to the IV, or F chord in the key of C.

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  • I - V Chord Lick #6 (Drop C)

    Fill Lick

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  • I - V Chord Lick #7 (Drop C)

    Fill Lick

    This is straight forward Scruggs lick with a G to C walk up starting on the 3rd string.

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  • Single String #3 (Drop C)

    Fill Lick

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More about Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow

Ain’t Gonna Work Tomorrow is one of the Carter Family's most renowned albums and the leading track which carried the title of the album is regarded as a rarer tune than Wildwood Flower, a folk staple. The Carter family first recorded Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow in 1928 and it was also recorded by the Country Gentlemen in 1959. The album features the marvelous presence of various artists who contributed to the bluegrass style in which the album was created. You would find a total of 12 tracks on the collection and each one carries lyrics that sings to the heart and would get your foot tapping in no time. The bluegrass style covers the King, Starday and Gusto family of labels, with covers by the Carter family.



On Tunefox you’ll find 4 different tabs for Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow. Each of these tabs will teach you how to play this tune in a different way. The Scruggs style tablature will show you how to play left-hand slurs, otherwise known as hammer-ons, slides, and pull-offs. The Melodic style arrangement of will show you how to play Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow up the neck using major and pentatonic scales. And finally, the Backup arrangement will teach you how to play the backup for this song, which is essential for jam sessions.

There are many Scruggs, melodic and bluesy licks in these 4 banjo Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow tablatures, which can be used to personalize each arrangement into your liking. To change measure into a different arrangement, just click on the "Original Measure" text above the measure and select a different lick. You can also click the "Shuffle licks" button at the bottom of the page to randomly change all of the licks in the tablature and create a wholly unique arrangement of this song.

There are a number of fantastic learning tools in Tunefox to help you memorize, learn by ear, and improve your speed. These special features are found in the "Tools" menu at the bottom right of your screen. The "Hide Notes" tool will hide a number of the notes in the tab so you can use your ears to learn parts of the melody of the Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow. Next, try out the "Memory Train" tool, which will hide more and more notes each time the song or measure loops. This will help get you off of the tab you’ve been working with so you can play it by memory. The "Speed Up" feature gradually speeds up the song so you can hone your technique and challenge yourself to go faster.

Each arrangement of Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow for banjo features real-sounding backing tracks. Use these backing tracks to polish up the solo you’re working on. You can mix the banjo, band, and metronome up or down so that you have several options for your practice.

Once you’ve settled on an arrangement of Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow using the Lick Switcher, export your arrangement to a PDF file so you can print it out and take it with you. This is a member-only feature.

Ain't Gonna Work Tomorrow lyrics

I ain't gonna work tomorrow
Ain't gonna work today
Ain't gonna work tomorrow,lord
For that is my wedding day

I love my mama and papa too
I love my mama and papa too
I love my mama and papa too
But I'd leave them both to go with you

* Refrain

I've been all around this country
I've been all around this world
I've been all around this country,lord
For the sake of one little girl

* Refrain

I'm leaving you this lonesome song
I'm leaving you this lonesome song
I'm leaving you this lonesome song
Cause I'm gonna be gone before long

* Refrain