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Check this tune out to learn the basic melody of Boil them Cabbage Down. Knowing the melody will help you greatly when learning this tune in other picking styles such as Scruggs, Melodic, or Single String. If you know the melody, you'll know the important notes to accent and bring out when picking a more complex version of the tune. There licks are simple, interesting and accessible. Give a few a try. Work on one lick at a time, and adjust the difficulty slider to fit your needs.Learn
Check out this simple Scruggs style arrangement to learn this classic tune. Add in the licks for some more authentic Scruggs vocabulary. Pay attention to the pick hand fingering. You'll need to drop your thumb to the second at the start of most of the rolls in this arrangement.Learn
This melodic version of Boil Them Cabbage Down uses melodic scales to dance on and around the melody notes. Adjust the difficulty slider to start simple and add difficulty as you become comfortable with the most basic version of this arrangement. Check out the licks to add some variety and take on a new challenge.Learn
Single String Style
The Bum-Ditty rhythm pattern is the foundation for this arrangement. Pay close attention to the pick hand fingering in the tab. Learning this pattern properly helps to establish excellent single string technique.Learn
Rolling backup works great behind a fiddle or a vocal.Learn
More about Boil Them Cabbage Down
"Boil them Cabbage Down” originated from a breakfast of hoecakes and cabbage. Alan Lomax, musicologist, and folklorist describes the tune as having its origins from black slaves brought from Africa. Some versions of the song which are quite notable have been made by Pete Seeger, Ruby Jane Smith, and the Smothers Brothers.
Here on Tunefox you’ll find 6 versions of Boil Them Cabbage Down for banjo. The Scruggs style tablature will teach you how to play slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs. In the melodic arrangement of Boil Them Cabbage Down, you’ll learn some fancy up-the-neck melodic work. The third variation of this song is a forward roll based-backup arrangement.
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Boil Them Cabbage Down lyrics
Went up on the mountain Just to give my horn a blow Thought I heard my true love say Yonder comes my beau Bile them Cabbage down Turn them hoecakes round The only song that I can sing Is bile them cabbage down Took my gal to the blacksmith shop To have her mouth made small She turned around a time or two And swallowd shop and all Bile them Cabbage down Turn them hoecakes round The only song that I can sing Is bile them cabbage down Possum in a Simmon tree Raccoon on the ground Raccoon says you son-of-a-gun Shake some Simmon’s down Bile them Cabbage down Turn them hoecakes round The only song that I can sing Is bile them cabbage down Someone stole my old ‘coon dog Wish they’d bring him back He chased the big hogs through the fence And the little ones through the crack Bile them Cabbage down Turn them hoecakes round The only song that I can sing Is bile them cabbage down Met a possum in the road Blind as he could be Jumped the fence and whipped my dog And bristled up at me Bile them Cabbage down Turn them hoecakes round The only song that I can sing Is bile them cabbage down Once I had an old gray mule His name was Simon Slick He’d roll his eyes and back his ears And how that mule would kick How that mule would kick He kicked with his dying breath He shoved his hind feet down his throat And kicked himself to death Bile them Cabbage down Turn them hoecakes round The only song that I can sing Is bile them cabbage down