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Fisher's Hornpipe banjo tabs

  • Tablatures

    Scruggs Style


    A Scruggs style arrangement in open D. Pairs wonderfully with the melodic style :)

  • Melodic Style


    Here is a challenging arrangement that will give you new perspective on utilizing the thumb to pick in the melodic style.

  • Single String Style


    So it's not exactly what a fiddler would play, but it's close. Not the easiest arrangement, but it will sound great at whatever speed you play it. Use the slides to shift positions.


More about Fisher's Hornpipe

Older versions are in the key of' F' major, though it was stated in' D' by Joseph Kershaw's in the manuscript of his fiddler (from North West England). "Fisher's" exists from the late 18th century on in various musician's handwritten books (see Ann Winning ton's music book — Winnington was born in America, but was England's resident). The song is entered under the name "Egg Hornpipe" in Lincolnshire composer Joshua Gibbons 1823–26 book, perhaps after the tradition of some stage hornpipe dancers to strew the floor with eggs and dance between them without losing any, to show talent and command. It was one of the most famous tunes in the manuscripts of English musicians, appearing in the Burnett, Green, Watson, Ellis Knowles, Harrison, Mittel, amongst many others listed above. Phillip Heath-Coleman finds a variant as Oxfordshire Morris dance musician William Kimber's' 1st of May/1st of May (The)' (the title applied to many different tunes) and reports that' Neal Lanham accumulated a diddled version of the same simplified variant from Billy French in Sudbury, Suffolk, where the same bars reflect more closely the' original' version of' Fisher's.' In a short span of time, the song was widely popular. It was already known in both England and the newly independent United States as "Fisher's Hornpipe" when it was written in his copybook for the German flute of c by the American John Greenwood. 1783. Another American book of the 18th century, a 1796 collection entitled An Evening Amusement for German Flute and Violin, was published by Benjamin and Joseph Carr in Philadelphia and features the hornpipe played in' D' Major. To the melody was written an American rural dance.

Here on Tunefox you’ll find 3 versions of Fisher's Hornpipe for banjo. The Scruggs style tablature will teach you how to play slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs. In the melodic arrangement of Fisher's Hornpipe, you’ll learn some fancy up-the-neck melodic work. The third variation of this song is a forward roll based-backup arrangement.

There are many Scruggs, melodic and bluesy licks in these three banjo Fisher's Hornpipe 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.

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 Fisher's Hornpipe. 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 Tunefox banjo Fisher's Hornpipe 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.

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