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Banjo tablatures for Fireball Mail

Earl Scruggs

Recomended level: Intermediate

Tags: #train song, #old time, #up-tempo

Bluegrass is one of the genres of American music that started in the 1940s. This kind of music first started in the Appalachian region and had its name from the Bill Monroe band and a set of boys known as the Bluegrass Boys. This music is by Flatt & Scruggs and features on the album Foggy Mountain Banjo (1961), on the 1959-1963 (1992) compilation album and eventually on the 1964-1969 compilation album Plus (1992). Flatt & Scruggs have a very good history of popularizing bluegrass music., and they have a special place when you look right up there at the bluegrass hall of fame.

  • Banjo Fireball Mail Scruggs Style

    Scruggs Style

    Another classic off of Scruggs's Foggy Mountain Banjo record. Here's a tip: Exaggerate the slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs in the song to make it sound more like Earl.

    Banjo Fireball Mail Scruggs Style
  • Banjo Fireball Mail Bluegrass


    This version of Fireball mail stays close to the melody. It uses less fret hand ornamentation. This easier version is all about the forward roll. Get started with this one, check out...

    Banjo Fireball Mail Bluegrass
  • Banjo Fireball Mail Up the Neck

    Up the Neck

    This is a more simplistic version of Fireball Up the Neck. The right hand pattern here is very similar to the one used in the Bluegrass arrangement of this tune. It has less acrobat...

    Banjo Fireball Mail Up the Neck
  • Banjo Fireball Mail Melodic Style

    Melodic Style

    This arrangement of Fireball Mail starts low, moves high, and then ends low. Make sure you practice the transitions slowly to get them clean.

    Banjo Fireball Mail Melodic Style
  • Banjo Fireball Mail Backup


    This is a classic representation of how to play Scruggs backup. Switch out the licks in the song to hear some cool variations of Fireball Mail!

    Banjo Fireball Mail Backup