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Banjo tablatures for Cindy


Recomended level: Intermediate

Tags: #old time, #fiddle tune

With so many versions, 'Cindy' is one of the folk tale songs that trended around the middle of the 20th century. The song originated from North Carolina and was included in many of the elementary songbooks used around that time. However, the song had one of its early versions traced to Anne Virginia Culbertson’s collection. Cindy is just like many other folk songs and have verses that allows the singer to add their own lyrics. And like Byron Arnold and Bob Hali in a songbook from Alabama, performers often swap verses with another song like "Old Joe Clark" and "Boil Them Cabbage Down". The tune is spiritual and was picked from “The Gospel Train”, also known as “Get on Board Little Children”. A version called “Cindy, Cindy”, was written by Benjamin Weisman, Dolores Fuller and Fred Wise, and was familiar to the one recorded by Johnny Cash, Ricky Nelson, Nick Cave among many others. Another place the song showed up is Dr. Mack Wilberg’s choral arrangement. The piece was arranged for a four-hand piano, a string bass, xylophone, double eight-part choirs and some quintessential Americana. The arrangement is available for full choral performances and all these parts are the same, even written for full orchestra performance. In his 2010 album, Robert Plant featured an arrangement titled "Cindy, I'll Marry You Someday".

  • Banjo Cindy Scruggs Style

    Scruggs Style

    The tempo says 130, but that's just a reminder to try and push yourself. Learn it at a comfortable speed. Pause, loop measures, and slow down. Don't play fast and sloppy. Play slow a...

    Banjo Cindy Scruggs Style
  • Banjo Cindy Scruggs Style-2

    Scruggs Style-2

    Open D. That's where all the fun is at. We start by using a classic Scruggs fill riff to hint at the melody. Spike your 5th string at the seventh fret and unleash the awesome.

    Banjo Cindy Scruggs Style-2
  • Banjo Cindy Melodic Style

    Melodic Style

    A seasoned player knows restraint is a powerful musical tool. That's what we've got going on here. It starts out with nicely syncopated phrases that closely mimic a singer, then reve...

    Banjo Cindy Melodic Style
  • Banjo Cindy Single String Style

    Single String Style

    Style. It's important. It gives your playing character. Makes it more than just a machine gun stream of sixteenth notes(which is what you need to play banjo). However, you don't need...

    Banjo Cindy Single String Style