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Banjo in the Hollow banjo tabs

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    Melodic Style

    The Dillards

    An extremely basic melodic style tune. For many people it is their very first song - even before Cripple Creek!

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  • Backup

    The Dillards

    A beginner backup arrangement of Banjo in the Hollow designed to teach root position G, C, and D chords. Take it very slow at first so you can nail the timing.

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More about Banjo in the Hollow

"Banjo in the Hollow" is a tune written by Doug Dillard, who is the banjo player of the bluegrass band named "the Dillards." It's an instrumental and the Dillards performed it on The Andy Griffith Show on the episode; The Darlings Are Coming. The Dillards were referred to as The Darlings in the show. The Song was called a different title by Briscoe Darling, which was "Tearin' Up Your Old Clothes for Rags.

Two of the band members, Doug and Rodney, started out performing as a duo before officially becoming a band. The full band did a recording of Banjo in the Hollw as a single for a record label called K-Ark Records. In 1962, the Dillard's band was officially formed with two new members added to the group, namely; Dean Webb on mandolin and Mitch Jayne on bass.



Use the Tunefox Lick Switcher to explore improvisation and creativity inside the Banjo in the Hollow 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.

Tunefox also features useful tools that will help you learn this arrangement of Banjo in the Hollow. If you select the "Tools" option in the bottom bar you’ll see "Hide Notes", "Memory Train", and "Speed Up" features. Hide notes will help you train your ears by hiding some of the notes on the page for you to figure out as opposed to looking at the tab. "Memory Train" will help you retain the melody of the song by gradually hiding notes so you can rely on your ears more for memorization. Finally, the "Speed Up" tool will automatically increase the playback speed each time a measure or the song loops.

Each arrangement of Banjo in the Hollow 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.

When you’ve finished creating your arrangement of Banjo in the Hollow, export your song arrangement to PDF file. This feature is for members of Tunefox, only.