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Big Bucket of Backup Licks banjo tabs

  • Tablatures

    Standard Backup Licks Below the 5th Fret

    Earl Scruggs

    The arrangement is just simple backup over a simple chord progression. The idea is that you really dig into the licks. These are a lot of standard backup licks. These licks are worth memorizing, and you'll end up using them all the time. Most of the licks here are made for slower, or mid-tempo Bluegrass. The double thumb licks work great in these situations, and sound really good with a little bit of swing. Make sure to turn that feature on when playing through this exercise.

  • 4th String Walks Below the 5th Fret

    Earl Scruggs

    This exercise focuses on using walking lines on the 4th string. Walking lines help to lead the listener and the soloist through the chord changes. Using the 4th string utilizes the lowest range of the banjo to really key people in on those changes. There are other backup licks here as well. Make sure to check them all out. These are great to add to your vocabulary for any jam or band!


More about Big Bucket of Backup Licks

This is a series that will introduce you to a lot of standard Bluegrass Backup vocabulary by using the lick switcher with a common chord progression.

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 Big Bucket of Backup Licks 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.

Tunefox also features useful tools that will help you learn this arrangement of Big Bucket of Backup Licks. 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 Tunefox banjo Big Bucket of Backup Licks tab contains real-sounding backing tracks. These backing tracks allow you to practice the arrangement you’re learning with with an entire band and you can change volume of the band, banjo and metronome to suit your liking.

When you’ve finished creating your arrangement of Big Bucket of Backup Licks, export your song arrangement to PDF file. This feature is for members of Tunefox, only.