More about Banks of the Ohio Banjo song
"Banks of the Ohio" is a 19th-century murder ballad with unknown writers. The story goes as such: "Willie" goes on a walk with his lover and asks for her hand in marraige. She refuses and once they get to the river bank, he murders her. This ballad is in line with many other folk murder ballads such as Omie Wise and Pretty Polly. The first recorded version of this song came was Red Patterson's, and it was titled "Down By the Banks of the Ohio." Ernest Stoneman, The Callahan Brothers, The Blue Sky Boys, and The Monroe Brothers also recorded this song in the 1930s.
On Tunefox you’ll find 4 different tabs for Banks of the Ohio. Each of these tabs will teach you how to play the 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 Banks of the Ohio 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.
Each Tunefox arrangement teaches you how to create your own solos by using a feature called the Lick Switcher. The Lick Switcher features different style licks such as Scruggs, Melodic, or Bluesy and you can swap out measures in Banks of the Ohio to learn about improvisation and creating arrangements. To use the Lick Switcher, click on the text "Original Measure" above certain measures in the song. Then select the lick you'd like to insert into the song. You can also click on "Shuffle Licks" at the bottom of the page to see a fully new version of the tablature.
You'll also find some useful tools which will help you to learn how to play Banks of the Ohio on banjo. For example, you can use the "Hide Notes" feature, which will hide some notes for you so you can learn parts of the melody by ear. The "Memory train" tool will progressively hide notes each time you play through a section or the entirety of a song. Take your speed to the next level with the "Speed Up" feature. This tool will automatically increase playback speed each time you loop the song.
Use the Tunefox backing tracks to practice the solo you’re working on or improvising over the chord changes for Banks of the Ohio. 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.
When you’ve finished creating your arrangement of Banks of the Ohio, export your song arrangement to PDF file. This feature is for members of Tunefox, only.