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Fire on the Mountain banjo tabs

  • Tablatures

    Scruggs Style


    This is a fun arrangement of this tune. Learning this one song can help you get more comfortable playing in two different key! It's definitely worth it. Use a partial bar with your fretting hand for most of the A part, varying it as you need.

  • Melodic Style


    The time has come banjo players...For us to stop being afraid of tunes with key changes! We could have played this one using open G position and open C position for the second part, but the melody is able to be more accurately captured in open D with the 5th string spiked at the 7th fret. Let's get it.

  • Backup


    Some rolling backup for fiddle with a unique pattern. Add a slight accent(play a little louder) the notes with your middle finger to make this groove a little bit more.


More about Fire on the Mountain

"Fire On The Mountian" is a famous fiddle tune 'American' with various variations (some quite far from each other) and ubiquitous across the South and Midwest. It's on the list of '100 essential Missouri fiddle tunes' by Missouri fiddler Charlie Walden. It is normally played at breakneck speed, giving rise to the popular legend for the source of the song: i.e. the rendering of Wilkinson is almost similar to the track as it occurs in the Dublin dentist's 1841 set of music documents (with the title "Fire on the Mountains") and music compilation Henry Hudson (1798-1889), whose narrator (for this and several other tunes) was a man named James Barton. Red' Graham, recorded the tune in 1929, called' Far in the Mountain' by the recording engineers— obviously, they were from the North and could not recognize the right title when pronounced with Southern accents. The title may have a Celtic origin: Scottish clans frequently used blazing bonfires as gathering signals on Highland hills (ironically, this may also be the origin of the blazing crosses of the Ku Klux Klan). A famous fiddle tune ' American' with various variations (some quite far from each other) and ubiquitous across the South and Midwest. It's on the list of' 100 essential Missouri fiddle tunes' by Missouri fiddler Charlie Walden. Winston Wilkinson, in the Southern Folklore Quarterly vol. Wilkinson's "Fire on the Mountain" edition recorded from Albermarle County, Va., fiddler "Uncle Jim" Chisholm is identical to the story of Glen Lyn, Giles County, Southwest Va., fiddler Henry Reed."

Learn 3 different versions of Fire on the Mountain, which are all shown on this page. We recommend that you get started with the Scruggs style version, where you’ll learn basic roll pattern and left hand articulations like slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs. Next, move on to the Melodic arrangement to learn how to play the melody for Fire on the Mountain using scales and up the next positions. Lastly, you can check out the Backup arrangement, which shows you how to play behind others while they are soloing.

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 Fire on the Mountain 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 Fire on the Mountain 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 Fire on the Mountain 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 export their arrangements into PDF, allowing them to print and bring them to their next jam session.