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 reveals a signal lick that things are about to go down...Add a long note for punctuation...Throw down the gauntlet! I think you re going to love this arrangement. And remember, there's even more great ideas and ways to customize this arrangement with the lick switcher.Learn
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 it all the time, and you don't have to rely on it. If you are playing single string, Scruggs, or melodic you can open up new possibilities with rhythmic variation. That's what this arrangement is about: unique phrasing. A lot of the fingerings suggest using the middle finger. This can help make phrases smoother. While using only thumb and index can be a good workout, using the middle finger, along with techniques like hammers, pulls, and slides, opens up more technical possibilities. This frees up your creative voice. Feel free to create your own arrangement by using the lick switcher. Make it yours, then play it like you mean it.Learn
More about Cindy
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 of negro folktales. 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".
Here are 4 killer arrangements of Cindy for you to share with friends at your next jam. Two Scruggs style arrangements will get you started learning slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs. Once you’re feeling confident with that try your luck with the Melodic style solo, which will teach you how to play the melody for Cindy using up the neck scales and finally, the Single String arrangement. There are many Scruggs, melodic and bluesy licks in these three banjo Cindy tablatures, which can be used to personalize each arrangement into your liking. To change measure into a different arrangement, just click on the "Original Measure" text above the measure and select a different lick. You can also click the "Shuffle licks" button at the bottom of the page to randomly change all of the licks in the tablature and create a wholly unique arrangement of this song. You'll also find some useful tools which will help you to learn how to play Ci...ndy on banjo. For example, you can use the "Hide Notes" feature, which will hide some notes for you so you can learn parts of the melody by ear. The "Memory train" tool will progressively hide notes each time you play through a section or the entirety of a song. Take your speed to the next level with the "Speed Up" feature. This tool will automatically increase playback speed each time you loop the song. Use the Tunefox backing tracks to practice the solo you’re working on or improvising over the chord changes for Cindy. 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. Once you’ve settled on an arrangement of Cindy using the Lick Switcher, export your arrangement to a PDF file so you can print it out and take it with you. This is a member-only feature.
I wish I was an apple a-hanging on a tree
And every time that Cindy passed she'd take a bite Get along home Cindy, Cindy
Get along home
Get along home Cindy, Cindy
I'll marry you some day She told me that she loved me, she called me sugar plum
She t... she cooled me with her fan
She swore that I was the prettiest little thing in the shape of mortal man * Refrain Oh where did you get your liquor, where did you get your dram?
From an old moon-shiner down in Rockingham * Refrain Cindy got religion she had it once before
And when she heard my old guitar, she danced all over the floor * Refrain I wish I had a needle as fine as I could sew
I'd sew my sweetheart to my back and down the road I'd go * Refrain