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Banjo tablatures for Crawdad Song


Recomended level: Intermediate

Tags: #folk music, #blues music, #vocal song

The "Crawdad song" emerged from a blend between the Anglo-American play-party traditions and African-American blues. As was some old tunes linked with laborers, those who worked to build levees so as to avert the flooding of the Mississippi River common in the South, basked in the melody of this tune. They are considered as the first set of people to sing the tune. Being a folksong, it originates from the southern parts of the United States, in a communal spirit. Its first publication was done by Cecil Sharp, who published it alongside other tunes as a collection of songs. As is the case with folksong, this song is only a variant of the traditional song "Sweet Thing," which hails from African-Americans. In the Roud folksong index, you would find the "Crawdad Song" as number 4853. The tune used to sing the "Crawdad Song" is not exactly unique as it has been adapted to sing used several other folksongs. As a replacement for dancing that was prohibited for religious reasons in southern plays, this song was performed.

  • Banjo Crawdad Song Scruggs Style

    Scruggs Style

    Let her go boys! Have fun with this one. Get in touch with your inner hillbilly. Also, check out that augmented roll leading from the 5 to the 1 chord. That's bluegrass gold right th...

    Banjo Crawdad Song Scruggs Style
  • Banjo Crawdad Song Drop C

    Drop C

    This song is often played out of C or D, so knowing how to play in this key is great for your repertoire, your understanding of the fretboard, and your vocabulary of Scruggs style ri...

    Banjo Crawdad Song Drop C
  • Banjo Crawdad Song Melody


    If this one feels tough, slow it down or use the difficulty slider. You could play this whole melody with your thumb, and it will be a great workout whether you are a beginner or ex...

    Banjo Crawdad Song Melody
  • Banjo Crawdad Song Melodic Style

    Melodic Style

    Not so fast my young Padawan TuneFoxer. This arrangement may appear simple. Maybe even easy...Look closer and see the challenge you shall! Sixteenth note triplets, and a bit of melod...

    Banjo Crawdad Song Melodic Style
  • Banjo Crawdad Song Single String Style

    Single String Style

    Ok, so technically it's not one "Single String". Geez. You can stop scratching your banjo head. You know what I meant. So picky...

    Banjo Crawdad Song Single String Style