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

More about Big Spike Hammer Banjo song

Learn 4 different versions of Big Spike Hammer, 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 Big Spike Hammer 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.

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 Spike Hammer 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.

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 Big Spike Hammer 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 Big Spike Hammer. 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.

Once you’ve settled on an arrangement of Big Spike Hammer using the Lick Switcher, export your arrangement to a PDF file so you can print it out and take it with you. This is a member-only feature.

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