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Banjo tablatures for Careless Love


Recomended level: Intermediate

Tags: #swing music, #old time, #vocal song, #instrumental

Careless Love is one of the folk song that can have its origin traced. This one dates back to sometime around 1880 and was first found in the US. The song speaks about a heartbreak brought about by careless love and the narrator frequently threatens to kill the way ward lover. “Careless Love” is one of the most amazing pieces of repertory that the Buddy Bolden band of New Orleans have and the tune has remained a jazz and blues standard from the start of the 20th century. It has also seen tons of folk, blues, jazz, country and pop recordings which include those by Bessie Smith, Ottilie Patterson and George Lewis. Published in 1941, the autobiography of WC Handy, father of the blues, has something about careless love and Loveless Love. An excerpt found in the De Capo press version reads that the song is one of his favorite version and is based on the melody of Careless Love. He had first played it in Bessemer around 1892 and had since become really popular all over the south. Careless love was also recorded in 1946 by T. Texas Tyler for 4-star records. While Joe Turner had recordings of it all through his long career.

  • Banjo Careless Love Scruggs Style

    Scruggs Style

    Careless Love is an old blues standard, and the bluegrass version has been played with many different speeds and feels. This is a very simple Scruggs version of the melody.

    Banjo Careless Love Scruggs Style
  • Banjo Careless Love Scruggs Style-2

    Scruggs Style-2

    J.D. Crowe. Drop C. 'Nuff said!

    Banjo Careless Love Scruggs Style-2
  • Banjo Careless Love Melodic Style

    Melodic Style

    This melodic version of Careless Love features some lower register melodic G scale work and stays close to the melody while giving you some nice licks to use throughout the song.

    Banjo Careless Love Melodic Style
  • Banjo Careless Love Backup


    This arrangement gives you all you need to create a solid and tasteful down the neck backup version of Careless Love.

    Banjo Careless Love Backup