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Bound to Ride banjo tabs

  • Tablatures

    Scruggs Style


    This is Jim Mills's version of Bound to Ride off of his record "Bound to Ride." It's very clean...and fast!

  • Melodic Style


    Still very much rooted in the Scruggs style, this version includes some of the classic melodic style scale-based licks.

  • Backup


    In this arrangement, you'll learn lots of essential Earl Scruggs fill licks, to give you some ideas on how to fill between vocal lines when playing in a band.

  • Licks

    V Chord Lick #2

    Backup Lick

    A classic lick out of the D position. You'll hear Earl and J.D. do this one a bunch!

  • Scruggs #4

    Fill Lick

    This lick is a variation of the melody to Foggy Mountain Breakdown. It's a great beginner/intermediate lick and is very versatile up and down the neck.

  • Scruggs #5

    Fill Lick

    This lick works great over a IV chord in the key of G and also kind of sounds like the melody to 'John Hardy!'


More about Bound to Ride

Here on Tunefox you’ll find 3 versions of Bound to Ride for banjo. The Scruggs style tablature will teach you how to play slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs. In the melodic arrangement of Bound to Ride, you’ll learn some fancy up-the-neck melodic work. The third variation of this song is a forward roll based-backup arrangement.

Use the Tunefox Lick Switcher to explore improvisation and creativity inside the Bound to Ride 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.

There are a number of fantastic learning tools in Tunefox to help you memorize, learn by ear, and improve your speed. These special features are found in the "Tools" menu at the bottom right of your screen. The "Hide Notes" tool will hide a number of the notes in the tab so you can use your ears to learn parts of the melody of the Bound to Ride. Next, try out the "Memory Train" tool, which will hide more and more notes each time the song or measure loops. This will help get you off of the tab you’ve been working with so you can play it by memory. The "Speed Up" feature gradually speeds up the song so you can hone your technique and challenge yourself to go faster.

Each arrangement of Bound to Ride for banjo features real-sounding backing tracks. Use these backing tracks to polish up the solo you’re working on. You can mix the banjo, band, and metronome up or down so that you have several options for your practice.

When you’ve finished creating your arrangement of Bound to Ride, export your song arrangement to PDF file. This feature is for members of Tunefox, only.

Bound to Ride lyrics


1. Coming through all Nashville coming through of line
Studying 'bout my little darling couldn't keep from cryin'

Ch. Honey babe I'm bound to ride
Don't you want to go?

2. Going to Atlanta just to look around
If things don't suit me gone hunt another town


3. Working on a railroad, saving all I can
Looking for that woman ain't got no man


4. Standing on the corner can't find mine from home
Studying 'bout that good town don't past and gone


5. If I die a railroad man, bury me under the ties
So I can hear old number four as she goes rolling by


FLATT & SCRUGGS - Hard Travelin'