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Dig a Hole in the Meadow (Darlin' Corey) banjo tabs

  • Tablatures

    Scruggs Style

    Flatt & Scruggs

    Dig a Hole in the Meadow is a classic Flatt & Scruggs tune that features some really cool bluesy playing from Earl Scruggs. Tune your 4th string down for drop C tuning.

  • Scruggs Style-2

    Flatt & Scruggs

    Blues you can use.

  • Melodic Style

    Flatt & Scruggs

    This is a bluesy melodic break with some technical right and left hand work. It stays true to the melody while breaking it up with some tasteful melodic licks.

  • Backup

    Flatt & Scruggs

    A simple backup arrangement of Dig a Hole in the Meadow using pinches and beginner rolls. This sounds great behind a vocalist or fiddle player!


More about Dig a Hole in the Meadow (Darlin' Corey)

"Darlin' Cory" (also called "Darling Corey" or "Darling Cora") on Flatt and Scruggs at Carnegie Hall, 1962, is a famous American folk song about love, loss, and moonshine. Many artists have recorded "Darlin' Cory" versions, including Flatt and Scruggs (as "Dig a Hole in the Meadow"). Many names like "Dig a Hole in the Meadow," and some other version that might or might not have similar names. Here is a compilation by date of some recordings: Little Corey— Clarence Gill (01/06/1927); Loving Cora — Buell Kazee (04/19/1927); Darlin ' Cora— B.F. Shelton (07/29/1927); Little Lulie–Dick Justice (ca.05/1929); Darling Corey–Monroe Brothers (06/21/1936); Little Lulie–Homer Brierhopper (06/09/1938); Doc Watson (1963); Monroe Brothers (1964). In style, it is identical to "Little Maggie" and "The Gambling Man," but it is not deemed the same as the hits. THE GAMBLING MAN (B) (Sung by Mrs. ClercyDeeton at Mine Fork, Burnsville, N.C., Sept. 19, 1918). While the earlier "hillybilly" records were marketed on a regional basis, "Smoky Mountain Ballads" was intended for broad, urban audiences. A variant of Aunt Molly Jackson's singing features in John A. Lomax and Alan Lomax's novel Our Singing Country (1941).

Here are 4 killer arrangements of Dig a Hole in the Meadow (Darlin' Corey) for you to share with friends at your next jam. The Scruggs style arrangement will get you started learning slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs. Once you’re feeling confident with that try your luck with the Melodic style solo, which will teach you how to play the melody for Dig a Hole in the Meadow (Darlin' Corey) using up the neck scales. Finally, the Backup arrangement will show you how to play this song with others and sound like a pro doing it.

In every Tunefox tablature arrangement you'll find measures where you can switch out licks to see different options to use for your improvisation. This feature is called the Lick Switcher. How do you find the Lick Switcher? Look for text that says "Original Measure" over different measures in the Dig a Hole in the Meadow (Darlin' Corey) tab you are learning and click on that text. It'll open up the Lick Switcher where you can select a substitute measure for that spot in the song. You'll find that there are different styles of licks like Scruggs, Melodic, Bluesy, and more. Want to see a completely different version of this song? Click on "Shuffle Licks" on the bottom of tool panel to randomly shuffle the licks in the song.

You'll also find some useful tools which will help you to learn how to play Dig a Hole in the Meadow (Darlin' Corey) 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 arrangement of Dig a Hole in the Meadow (Darlin' Corey) 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.

Once you’ve settled on an arrangement of Dig a Hole in the Meadow (Darlin' Corey) using the Lick Switcher, export your arrangement to a PDF file so you can print it out and take it with you. This is a member-only feature.