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Buffalo Gals banjo tabs

  • Tablatures

    Scruggs Style


    This version is based on Alan Munde's arrangement on his record, "Festival Favorites Revisited." The chords for both A and B sections are the same!

  • Melodic Style


    Buffalo Gals in melodic style features a stream of 16th notes in the A section that is challenging at fast tempos. Get it nice and clean by practicing slow first!

  • Backup


    This version of Buffalo Gals has a lot of forward rolls and 4th string "bass" lines moving to and from the D chord.


More about Buffalo Gals

Written and published as ‘Lubly fan’ in 1844, Buffalo gals, was originally produced by the blackface minstrel of john Hodges, who is famous for his performance in ‘cool white’. The popular performance was particularly famous in the United States with several minstrels tweaking the lyrics to entertain their local audience. Examples are the versions titled after each locale like New York having New York gals, Boston having Boston gals and Alabama having Alabama gals (this particular version was recorded by Alan Lomax and Shirley Collins while on a trip in 1959). Buffalo, New York stands out as the best among all these versions. The song has also been featured on several films set like Texas (1941), Dixie (1943), It's a Wonderful Life (1946), and High Noon (1952). For all these adaptation and nice ring around the tune, it was classed among the top 100 western songs of all time by western writers of America. The tune was really common to areas that had ‘dancing girls’ had their performance and had the interest of bars concert halls and particularly buffalo, New York canal district where freight men and crewmen received their wages.

On Tunefox you’ll find 3 different tabs for Buffalo Gals. Each of these tabs will teach you how to play the this tune in a different way. The Scruggs style tablature will show you how to play left hand slurs, otherwise known as hammer-ons, slides, and pull-offs. The Melodic style arrangement of will show you how to play Buffalo Gals up the neck using major and pentatonic scales. And finally, the Backup arrangement will teach you how to play the backup for this song, which is essential for jam sessions.

Use the Tunefox Lick Switcher to explore improvisation and creativity inside the Buffalo Gals 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.

Be sure to check out all of the great learning tools that Tunefox has to offer such as "Hide Notes", "Memory Train", and "Speed Up". These tools can be found in the "Tools" menu at the bottom right of your screen. Want to learn some of Buffalo Gals by ear? Use "Hide Notes" to hide some or all of the notes in the tablature. Once you’re finished learning with the tab use the "Memory Train" tool to commit the song to memory. Then practice with "Speed Up" to improve your technique and speed in no time.

Use the Tunefox backing tracks to practice the solo you’re working on or improvising over the chord changes for Buffalo Gals. 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 Buffalo Gals arrangements into PDF files.