All the Good Times are Past and Gone banjo tabs & chords

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  • Scruggs Style

    Difficulty

    This is a perfect example of tasteful waltz playing in the lower register of the banjo. Scruggs uses hammer-ons, slides, and pull-offs to create a fun, yet difficult arrangement of All the Good Times are Past and Gone.

    • Key G
    • 70 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Scruggs Style
  • Melodic Style

    Difficulty

    Playing melodic style in a waltz can be tricky so play along with the All the Good Times are Past and Gone backing track a ton to get this one feeling comfortable. Luckily it's not incredibly fast!

    • Key G
    • 70 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Melodic Style
  • Backup

    Difficulty

    A basic backup version that demonstrates moving from vamping in 3/4 to playing tasteful rolling backup in the style of Earl Scruggs.

    • Key G
    • 70 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Backup
  • Scruggs Style-2

    Difficulty

    Learning to play in different keys-especially different chord shapes. Is very important. You never know when someone will call out a tune you know in a key you've never played. Especially if a woman is singing lead. Their range is usually quite different. They need to sing what's comfortable for them, and it's our job to follow the leader!

    • Key C
    • 80 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Scruggs Style-2

All the Good Times are Past and Gone lyrics

I wish to the lord I’d never been born
Or died when I was young
I never would have seen your sparkling blue eyes
Or heard your lying tongue

All the good times are past and gone
All the good times are o’er
All the good times are past and gone
Little darling don’t weep no more

Don’t you see that turtle dove
That flies from pine to pine
He’s mourning for his own true love
Just like I mourn for mine

Come back, come back my own true love
And stay awhile with me
For if ever I’ve had a friend in this world
You’ve been that friend to me