Big Spike Hammer banjo tabs & chords

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  • Scruggs Style-2

    Difficulty

    Step up to the challenge of learning this in a different key. Much of the right hand rolls are similar or the same as the J.D. Crowe arrangement. So if you've learned this here on tunefox in G, that should make this transition a lot smoother for you.

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

    Difficulty

    This is a classic jam song popularized by the Bluegrass Album Band. J.D. Crowe played banjo on this track, and it's absolutely fantastic picking!

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

    Difficulty

    This melodic arrangement of Big Spike Hammer is fairly complex as it moves to many places around the neck. Play with the metronome for cleanliness.

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

    Difficulty

    The backup for Big Spike Hammer is fairly straightforward. It's very much based on what J.D. played on the original recording.

    • Key G
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Backup Style

Big Spike Hammer lyrics

Vs.
Can't you hear the rhythm of my big spike hammer,
Lord, it's bustin' my side.
I've done all I can do to keep that woman,
Still she's not satisfied.

Ch.
Hey Hey, Della Mae
Why do you treat me this way,
Hey Hey, Della Mae
I'll get even someday.

Vs.
I'm the best hammer swinger in this big section gang,
Big Bill Johnson is my name.
This spike hammer that I swing for a doller'n a half a day,
It's all for my Della Mae.

Ch.

Vs.
Well, I've been lots of places and not much I ain't done,
Still alot of things I'd like to see.
This spike hammer that I swing or the woman that I love,
Yeah, one's gonna be the death of me.

Ch.

Big Spike Hammer, Big Spike Hammer