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Dear Old Dixie banjo tabs

  • Tablatures

    Scruggs Style

    Earl Scruggs

    This IS the way Earl played it...Just a little slower ;)

  • Melodic Style

    Earl Scruggs

    Like Alan Munde? He's pretty good right? Check out this arrangement to learn melodic runs just the way he plays them.

  • Backup

    Earl Scruggs

    This is a transcription of Earl's backup. The tempo is only suggested. Play at what ever speed you enjoy, and practice even slower. Earl actually demolished this tune at 165-170 bpm. The best!


More about Dear Old Dixie

Dear old Dixie is a bluegrass song that made it into the heart of bluegrass lover heart. It was first recorded and released by early Scruggs and Lester flat. The song had a cover from foggy mountain boys in 1953. Who writes the song is still a bit unclear but it is available online to buy and to get a sample. It's more of a minstrel number and has lyrics that sound like a traveler enjoying a very pleasant day of summer. It's written in a very challenging tune as it is written in the key of “F”.

On Tunefox you’ll find 3 different tabs for Dear Old Dixie. Each of these tabs will teach you how to play the this tune in a different way. The Scruggs style tablature will show you how to play left hand slurs, otherwise known as hammer-ons, slides, and pull-offs. The Melodic style arrangement of will show you how to play Dear Old Dixie up the neck using major and pentatonic scales. And finally, the Backup arrangement will teach you how to play the backup for this song, which is essential for jam sessions.

Each Tunefox arrangement teaches you how to create your own solos by using a feature called the Lick Switcher. The Lick Switcher features different style licks such as Scruggs, Melodic, or Bluesy and you can swap out measures in Dear Old Dixie to learn about improvisation and creating arrangements. To use the Lick Switcher, click on the text "Original Measure" above certain measures in the song. Then select the lick you'd like to insert into the song. You can also click on "Shuffle Licks" at the bottom of the page to see a fully new version of the tablature.

You'll also find some useful tools which will help you to learn how to play Dear Old Dixie 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.

Each Tunefox banjo Dear Old Dixie 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.

Members can also export all of their banjo Dear Old Dixie arrangements into PDF files.