Cumberland Gap banjo tabs & chords

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  • Scruggs Style

    Difficulty

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

    • Key G
    • 130 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Scruggs Style
  • Melodic Style

    Difficulty

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

    • Key G
    • 130 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Melodic Style
  • Backup

    Difficulty

    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.

    • Key G
    • 130 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Backup

More about Cumberland Gap Banjo song

Learn 3 different versions of Cumberland Gap, 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 Cumberland Gap 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.

There are many Scruggs, melodic and bluesy licks in these three banjo Cumberland Gap tablatures, which can be used to personalize each arrangement into your liking. To change measure into 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.

There are a number of fantastic learning tools in Tunefox to help you memorize, learn by ear, and improve your speed. These special features are found in the "Tools" menu at the bottom right of your screen. The "Hide Notes" tool will hide a number of the notes in the tab so you can use your ears to learn parts of the melody of the Cumberland Gap. Next, try out the "Memory Train" tool, which will hide more and more notes each time the song or measure loops. This will help get you off of the tab you’ve been working with so you can play it by memory. The "Speed Up" feature gradually speeds up the song so you can hone your technique and challenge yourself to go faster.

Each Tunefox banjo Cumberland Gap tab contains real-sounding backing tracks. These backing tracks allow you to practice the arrangement you’re learning with with an entire band and you can change volume of the band, banjo and metronome to suit your liking.

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Cumberland Gap lyrics

Me and my wife and my wife's pap
We all live down in Cumberland Gap

Cumberland Gap, Cumberland Gap
Mmm ,way down yonder in Cumberland Gap

Cumberland Gap is a noted place
Three kinds of water to wash your face

* Refrain

The first white man in Cumberland Gap
Was Doctor Walker, an English chap

* Refrain

Daniel Boone on Pinnacle Rock
He killed Injuns with his old flintlock

* Refrain

Lay down, boys, and take a little nap
Fo'teen miles to the Cumberland Gap

* Refrain