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Banjo tablatures for Cumberland Gap

Earl Scruggs

Recomended level: Intermediate

Tags: #banjo tune, #old time, #fiddle tune, #up-tempo

Cumberland Gap is an invigorating banjo tune rooted in the nostalgic charm of old time fiddle music. This up-tempo track is perfect for intermediate players keen on exploring the beauty of Scruggs Style banjo playing. It gracefully combines the thrill of fast paced rolls with the raw, rustic essence of traditional music. Revel in the rhythmic fervor of this ancient tune and let the melody take you on a journey through southern folklore. Cumberland Gap, a classic masterpiece in banjo literature.

If you are diving into Scruggs style banjo this is a must-know tune. Definitely check out the Scruggs style arrangement first. Read and listen before playing during each practice session. This will help you memorize the way the tune is supposed to sound. Reading will help you notice patterns and think about the best way to practice. It will reinforce your memory as well. Learning a few of the melodic licks will help prepare you for the Melodic style arrangement. That one is a cool combination of both styles of picking.

Remember, if you plan on picking with others, you should always make sure to work on your Backup playing.

  • Banjo Cumberland Gap Scruggs Style

    Scruggs Style

    A classic Earl Scruggs arrangement of Cumberland Gap that is a must-learn for any beginner/intermediate banjo player!

    Banjo Cumberland Gap Scruggs Style
  • Banjo Cumberland Gap Melodic Style

    Melodic Style

    The melodic arrangement of Cumberland Gap features fluid melodic licks dispersed between the original Scruggs melodic. The B section is especially cool!

    Banjo Cumberland Gap Melodic Style
  • Banjo Cumberland Gap Backup


    In this arrangement of Cumberland Gap, the A section demonstrates rolling backup down the neck, and the B section shows how to spice up your backup when playing in the high register.

    Banjo Cumberland Gap Backup