More about Dueling Banjos Banjo song
Written by Arthur Smith in 1954, this song was originally called Fuedin’ Banjos and was first recorded by Smith and Don Reno in 1955. It gained a large amount of popularity in the 1972 film, Deliverance, where it was arranged and recorded by Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell. There have been countless versions of this tune by artists such as Earl Scruggs, Bela Fleck, and more.
Dueling Banjos features a cheeky duel between a guitar and banjo, as performed in the version heard in Deliverance. The guitar plays phrases slowly and out of time and the banjo matches those phrases exactly. After a bit of dueling, the first tempo is set and the banjo plays a Scruggs Style solo over I, IV, and V chords. Then, it speeds up and the solo is played again but in a more flashy way.
Learn Dueling Banjos with the Tunefox tabs shown on this page. The tabs are separated into two sections so you can more easily learn the different parts to this tune. “From the Top” will guide you through the slower parts of Dueling Banjos and there’s also a video embedded in the tab to help you see how to play the parts. In the “Breakdown and Ending”, you’ll learn the flashy fast part of dueling banjos so you can impress all of your friends at the next jam session. The ending of Dueling Banjos is also very cool, so don’t forget to learn that as well.