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Cattle in the Cane banjo tabs

  • Tablatures

    Scruggs Style


    A key change in a fiddle tune is not uncommon. It can actually open even more opportunities for great riffs in your playing. Standard Scruggs licks, and utilizing pull-offs in the A section help us to stick closely while maintaining drive. The B section is all about the blues! It's extra lonesome ;)

  • Melodic Style


    A modal tune that shifts the key center several times. We'll use open D melodic riffs to cover A major, D major, and A minor! This is a transcription of a David Naiditch solo. David is an otherworldly chromatic harmonica player that plays with incredible accuracy and style!

  • Single String Style


    Tony Rice transcription. Put on your big person pants and get to work!


More about Cattle in the Cane

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.

Here on Tunefox you’ll find 3 versions of Cattle in the Cane for banjo. The Scruggs style tablature will teach you how to play slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs. In the melodic arrangement of Cattle in the Cane, you’ll learn some fancy up-the-neck melodic work.

Each Tunefox arrangement teaches you how to create your own solos by using a feature called the Lick Switcher. The Lick Switcher features different style licks such as Scruggs, Melodic, or Bluesy and you can swap out measures in Cattle in the Cane to learn about improvisation and creating arrangements. To use the Lick Switcher, click on the text "Original Measure" above certain measures in the song. Then select the lick you'd like to insert into the song. You can also click on "Shuffle Licks" at the bottom of the page to see a fully new version of the tablature.

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 Cattle in the Cane. 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 Tunefox banjo Cattle in the Cane tab contains real-sounding backing tracks. These backing tracks allow you to practice the arrangement you’re learning with with an entire band and you can change volume of the band, banjo and metronome to suit your liking.

Members can export their arrangements into PDF, allowing them to print and bring them to their next jam session.