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Angeline the Baker banjo tabs

  • Tablatures

    Scruggs Style


    This Scruggs-style version of Angeline the Baker demonstrates many phrases where you should drop your thumb to accent the melody.

  • Melodic Style


    Practice letting the notes ring over each other in this arrangement of Angeline the Baker. It sounds great slow!

  • Single String


    This is an advanced version of Angeline the Baker with some fancy triplets at the end of the A section. Using 3 fingers on one string is difficult, so take it slow!

  • Backup


    In this arrangement of Angeline the Baker the A section features lower register backup and the B section demonstrates up-the-neck playing.


More about Angeline the Baker

"Originally titled Angelina Baker, this Stephen Foster song was written and published in 1850 for the Christy Minstrels, who were a blackface group formed by Edwin Pearce Christy. It's since become a part of the old-time and bluegrass repertoire and is one of the most popular beginner songs to learn because of it's repetitive melody and simple form. The lyrics lament the loss of a salve woman who was sent away by her owner. John Lomax collected an instrumental version which was under the title "Angeline the Baker." This instrumental version helped popularize the tune in bluegrass circles.

Learn 4 different versions of Angeline the Baker, which are all shown on this page. We recommend that you get started with the Scruggs style version, where you’ll learn basic roll pattern and left hand articulations like slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs. Next, move on to the Melodic arrangement to learn how to play the melody for Angeline the Baker using scales and up the next positions. Lastly, you can check out the Backup arrangement, which shows you how to play behind others while they are soloing.

Use the Tunefox Lick Switcher to explore improvisation and creativity inside the Angeline the Baker tablatures. The Lick Switcher will allow you to create your own arrangement using pre-built licks that are handmade by professional musicians. To use the Lick Switcher, click on the text above specific measures that says "Original Measure" and select between a variety of new licks for that measure. You'll find that there are different style licks such as Scruggs, Melodic, Jazz, and more. At the bottom of your page you'll also find a button that says "Shuffle Licks." Click this button and watch the licks randomly shuffle throughout the song.

Be sure to check out all of the great learning tools that Tunefox has to offer such as "Hide Notes", "Memory Train", and "Speed Up". These tools can be found in the "Tools" menu at the bottom right of your screen. Want to learn some of Angeline the Baker by ear? Use "Hide Notes" to hide some or all of the notes in the tablature. Once you’re finished learning with the tab use the "Memory Train" tool to commit the song to memory. Then practice with "Speed Up" to improve your technique and speed in no time.

Use the Tunefox backing tracks to practice the solo you’re working on or improvising over the chord changes for Angeline the Baker. The backing tracks are recorded samples of real instruments to help simulate practicing with an actual band. You can adjust the volume of the instrument, band, and metronome to your liking.

Members can export their arrangements into PDF, allowing them to print and bring them to their next jam session.