More about Blackberry Blossom
This tune that has been included in over 250 tune books, proving that “Blackberry Blossom” is one of the most popular tunes that you’ll find in the key of G Major.
Banjo player Bill Keith popularized Blackberry Blossom using his newly developed melodic style approach to the banjo. The tune was recorded by fiddling Arthur Smith and has been made popular ever since. There's an earlier version of Blackberry Blossom played more in old-time circles. This tune is referred to as "Garfield's Blackberry Blossom" or "Yew Piney Mountain."
Learn 3 different versions of Blackberry Blossom, 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 Blackberry Blossom 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 Blackberry Blossom 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 Blackberry Blossom 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 Blackberry Blossom. 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 Blackberry Blossom 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.