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Don't Let Your Deal Go Down banjo tabs

  • Tablatures

    Scruggs Style

    Flatt & Scruggs

    This is a really fun tune to play because the chord changes are so unique. Earl does a great job interpreting the melody in this arrangement of Don't Let Your Deal Go Down.

  • Scruggs Style-2

    Flatt & Scruggs

    It's not likely someone will play this tune in a key other than the way Flatt & Scruggs recorded it, but you never know. Always be prepared.

  • Melodic Style

    Flatt & Scruggs

    This melodic arrangement of Don't Let Your Deal Go Down focuses heavily on scale patterns. Listen to how the banjo fluidly moves from one chord to another using these patterns.

  • Backup

    Flatt & Scruggs

    This is an example of exactly what Earl Scruggs would play. The chords are a little strange for bluegrass, but are fun to improvise over.


More about Don't Let Your Deal Go Down

The song was nothing about the non-casino games. It was recorded in 1925 by Charlie Poole and the fellows from The North Carolina Ramblers and had many meanings attached to it. Some said the game mentioned in the lyrics is Cooncan and others said Conquain. But whatever the name of the game, it doesn't matter. The song was referred to in one of the books of Kimmy Rorrer, titled Rambling Blues-the life and songs of Charlie Poole. Having learned the song by heart, the song was taught to Poole by in 1911 by a guitarist, and Poole having known the tune flowed smoothly along. Some of the lyrics of the song like You better let the deal go down, For the skin, game's coming' to a close ... This refers to a skin game where Harper Perennial describes as the Georgia skin game. She said that any number of pickers could lay it and added all the kinks and detail to know about the game. The rules of the game are confusing, but you can learn to play the syncopations. Most importantly, the song has many recordings, and they span from 1927 to around the 1940s.

Here are 4 killer arrangements of Don't Let Your Deal Go Down 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 Don't Let Your Deal Go Down 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. There are many Scruggs, melodic and bluesy licks in these three banjo Don't Let Your Deal Go Down 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. Tunefox also features useful tools that will help you learn this arrangement of Don't Let Your Deal Go Down. 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. Using backing tracks for practice should be an essential part of every musician’s routine. With Tunefox, you can practice Don't Let Your Deal Go Down as fast or as slow as you want and mix the volume of the tracks with the instrument to your liking. There’s also a metronome so you can always feel the pulse of the song with or without the band track playing along. When you’ve finished creating your arrangement of Don't Let Your Deal Go Down, export your song arrangement to PDF file. This feature is for members of Tunefox, only.

Don't Let Your Deal Go Down lyrics

Gladys Certain, Louise Stacey Well, I've been all around this whole wide world
Been down to sunny Alabam
My mama always told me, Son
Never let your deal go down Don't let your deal go down
Don't let your deal go down
Don't let your deal go down
...anding in the door
She said Honey I'll be a long time gone
You'll never see your gal no more * Refrain Well, I'm going sown the railroad track
Gonna take my rocking chair
If there doggone blues don't leave my mind
I'm gonna run away from here * Refrain