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Cryin' Holy banjo tabs

  • Tablatures

    Scruggs Style

    J.D. Crowe and the New South

    Tasteful, and accessible. Get your gospel on with this sweet arrangement and add a little extra zing with the lick switcher if you need it!

  • Scruggs Style-2

    J.D. Crowe and the New South

    C stands for "cool". There's so many great ways to play a melody and get a little bluesy in the key of C. Educate yourself and give this tune a go!

  • Melodic Style

    J.D. Crowe and the New South

    A little melody, and a couple massive melodic runs. Use the looper to nail them down, and the lick switcher to explore creative alternatives.

  • Single String Style

    J.D. Crowe and the New South

    This arrangement uses single string style transitions at the end of Scruggs phrases. The lick switcher will provide you with even more options.


More about Cryin' Holy

Based on the title, it is easy to tell what kind of genre this song falls into. As a traditional spiritual song from Norfolk Jubilee Quartet, the song was first recorded in 1924 under its title “Crying Holy Unto The Lord.” As a gospel song, it became popular in the early years. It was recorded by the Carter Family, who was interested in digging up past old country folk songs and reviving it in the present by records in them. This song was recorded twice by the Carter family under the title, “On the Rock Where Moses Stood” in 1930 and 1935. Traveling the world in search of folk songs, the Carters investing time in collecting and learning spiritual/ gospel songs of African-American descent from Pauline Gary to Leslie Riddle. The first recorded version was by African-American groups like the Norfolk Jubilee Quartet in 1924- “Crying To The Lord.” The Birmingham Jubilee Singers recorded two songs in 1926. They are; “He Took My Sins Away” and “Crying To The Lord.” These two songs were regarded as their first record in 1926, and it sold up to 5000 copies.

Learn 4 different versions of Cryin' Holy, which are all shown on this page. We recommend that you get started with the Scruggs style version, where you’ll learn basic roll pattern and left hand articulations like slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs. Next, move on to the Melodic arrangement to learn how to play the melody for Cryin' Holy using scales and up the next positions. Lastly, you can check out the Backup arrangement, which shows you how to play behind others while they are soloing.

Use the Tunefox Lick Switcher to explore improvisation and creativity inside the Cryin' Holy tablatures. The Lick Switcher will allow you to create your own arrangement using pre-built licks that are handmade by professional musicians. To use the Lick Switcher, click on the text above specific measures that says "Original Measure" and select between a variety of new licks for that measure. You'll find that there are different style licks such as Scruggs, Melodic, Jazz, and more. At the bottom of your page you'll also find a button that says "Shuffle Licks." Click this button and watch the licks randomly shuffle throughout the song.

Tunefox also features useful tools that will help you learn this arrangement of Cryin' Holy. If you select the "Tools" option in the bottom bar you’ll see "Hide Notes", "Memory Train", and "Speed Up" features. Hide notes will help you train your ears by hiding some of the notes on the page for you to figure out as opposed to looking at the tab. "Memory Train" will help you retain the melody of the song by gradually hiding notes so you can rely on your ears more for memorization. Finally, the "Speed Up" tool will automatically increase the playback speed each time a measure or the song loops.

Each arrangement of Cryin' Holy for banjo features real-sounding backing tracks. Use these backing tracks to polish up the solo you’re working on. You can mix the banjo, band, and metronome up or down so that you have several options for your practice.

Members can also export all of their banjo Cryin' Holy arrangements into PDF files.