More about Fox on the Run
Our protagonist in this song is so crestfallen when his affections are not returned by a golden-haired beauty, that he collapses like a fox left for dead after a chase. Tony Hazzard, who also composed Manfred Mann's smash, "Ha! Ha! Said The Clown," wrote the song. He explained in an interview with Hazzard: "I was a fan of The Band and wanted to write something I could picture with them. This is what my first project strives for. The original idea for the song itself emerged from my mind, from a vision of the day of summer and standing in a field of wheat sloping down to a lake. A friend took me to Cotehele Castle, a medieval manor castle, restored in Tudor days, on the Tamar River, which separates Cornwall from the rest of the country, several years later. We went around a corner and there was a plain "walking down to the river" all around us said, "This is the picture I had in my mind when I composed' Fox On The Run!' This track became beloved bluegrass, which seems odd as there isn't a lot of fox hunting in Kentucky. Nevertheless, the lyrics lend themselves to bluegrass harmonies, and when the track was played by the banjo player Bill Emerson, he started playing it with his duo Emerson and Waldron, and then recorded it with his group The Country Gentlemen. Tom T. Hall brought the single to #9 on the country chart in 1976, and Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, and The Zac Brown Group all covered it.
Learn 3 different versions of Fox on the Run, 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 Fox on the Run 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 Fox on the Run 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 Fox on the Run 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 Fox on the Run 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.
Once you’ve settled on an arrangement of Fox on the Run using the Lick Switcher, export your arrangement to a PDF file so you can print it out and take it with you. This is a member-only feature.