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Banjo tablatures for Bluegrass in the Backwoods

Kenny Baker

Recomended level: Intermediate

Immerse yourself into the melodious world of Bluegrass with "Bluegrass in the Backwoods" for the Banjo. This uplifting piece, originally brought to life by the able hands of Kenny Baker, offers a compelling blend of melodic tunes, single string play, and backup composition. An enchanting showcase of D minor and D harmonic Minor key signatures, the song is an excellent choice for intermediate to advanced banjo players. Prepare to experience the sonic echo of the backwoods - a testament to Baker's prowess and bluegrass's soul-stirring charm.

This tune is not for the faint of heart. It's a lengthy 5 part tune with an elaborate melody. Check out the backup arrangement first. With a tune of this length, or any for that matter, it's good to get an understanding of the harmonic structure - the chord progression. This will familiarize you with the chords, and timing of the tune.

The Naiditch Style version of this song is incredible. David Naiditch is an amazing harmonica player - amazing. His playing has been transcribed and adapted to the banjo. There's also a lot of Bob Black style licks that you can incorporate into the arrangement. Bob is a great Scruggs and melodic style player that has been a member of Bill Monroe's band. These licks will offer you some Scruggs and melodic style options. You can create a whole new arrangement that blends both styles or just include a few.

  • Banjo Bluegrass in the Backwoods Naiditch Style

    Naiditch Style

    This is a melodic and single string tour de force. It's not easy. Several melodic and single string scales are used in this tune. The 5th string is not spiked, which is unusual for ...

    Banjo Bluegrass in the Backwoods Naiditch Style
  • Banjo Bluegrass in the Backwoods Rolling Backup

    Rolling Backup

    Make sure to spike your 5th string at the 7th fret for this one, or tune it up to A. You can play this without spiking or retuning the 5th string, it will just have a different soun...

    Banjo Bluegrass in the Backwoods Rolling Backup