This is a sort of Frankenstein arrangement. The Bulk of the song is played melodic style, but the C section is played Scruggs style. This mirrors the way most flat-pickers and fiddlers play this tune. The A and B section is played with accurate melody, while the C section is used to showcase shuffle bows, or cross-picking. There's a lot of great variations in the lick switchers. Be sure to check that out for some fresh ideas. Sometimes there's an extra section thrown in after what we have labeled as the B section here. You can usually hear that in Doc Watson's version. However it's not that common.Learn
More about Black Mountain Rag
A traditional fiddle tune that became a flatpicking standard on guitar. This one is played in A by most fiddle players, but often played in D on guitar and other instruments.
Use the Tunefox Lick Switcher to explore improvisation and creativity inside the Black Mountain Rag 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 Black Mountain Rag. 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.
Use the Tunefox backing tracks to practice the solo you’re working on or improvising over the chord changes for Black Mountain Rag. 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.
Members can also export all of their banjo Black Mountain Rag arrangements into PDF files.