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Down Yonder banjo tabs

  • Tablatures

    Scruggs Style


    This is a fun arrangement that closely captures the melodic arc of this tune while maintain that continuous right hand movement.

  • Melodic Style


    An arrangement that offers a lot of time for shifting. While it may be a relatively easy arrangement for the melodic style, that offers you a great chance to focus on the finer points of playing: tone, dynamics, and timing. Check out the lick switcher to learn some great variations, or to make an arrangement that fits your taste and playing style.

  • Single String Style


    Put on your fun pants and let's boogie down yonder. Ya'll got you fun pants right? Please tell me I'm not the only one with fun pants.


More about Down Yonder

"Down Yonder" is one of the most popular old-time songs ever recorded. It is a popular American song by L. Wolfe Gilbert which was first published in 1921. Gilbert had written the lyric for the song "Waiting for Robert E. Lee" in 1912. While writing "Down Yonder", Gilbert didn't make a hundred percent change from the earlier song as he brought back previous characters from the 1912 song: Daddy, Mammy, Ephrem and Sammy. The song is mostly performed as an instrumental and this makes it hard to get the full sense of the lyrics. But what is known about the song is that it was named after a mill village of Scottsdale, close to Atlanta. The town housed band members (Wayne W. Daniel, Pickin' on Peachtree, 1990). Through the years and at various times, there have been recordings of the music using various instruments and infusing different lyrics. One of the first recordings by the Okeh studio was done in 1926 and recorded nearly thirty sides. There are a lot of records attached to the tune, but one very important thing to note is the Skillet Lickers in 1934, they recorded a version that was kept in print till 1960 and sold a record over a million copies. This made it the best-selling country music in its initial release year.

On Tunefox you’ll find 3 different tabs for Down Yonder. Each of these tabs will teach you how to play 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 Down Yonder up the neck using major and pentatonic scales. And finally, the Single String arrangement will teach you a different approach on how to play 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 Down Yonder 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.

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 Down Yonder. 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 arrangement of Down Yonder 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.

Members can export their arrangements into PDF, allowing them to print and bring them to their next jam session.