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Banjo tablatures for Frosty Morning

Béla Fleck

Recomended level: Intermediate

Tags: #minor key, #up-tempo, #fiddle tune, #old time

"Frosty Morning" sounds like the old frontier's classic fiddle tune, but other versions can't be cited elsewhere (sometimes called "Cold Frosty Morning"). Henry Reed performed it twice, and both times he started it with the high strain, demonstrating the fiddler's preference in the Upper South to begin their tunes with the loftier strain, often at or near the top of the range of the song. He appeared to conflate the high pressure with other songs in both sets of "Frosty Morning"— on this case, with the tune's high strain mentioned elsewhere in this series under the name "Betsy", and once with the low strain of "West Virginia Gals", which he had just performed. He started with another song, the "Breakdown in A" on another occasion (AFS 13037a16), then conflated it with "Frosty Night".

  • Banjo Frosty Morning Scruggs Style

    Scruggs Style

    This is Bela Fleck's interpretation of the traditional tune, "Frosty Morning." It's not too technical, and includes the tasteful introduction!

    Banjo Frosty Morning Scruggs Style
  • Banjo Frosty Morning Melodic Style

    Melodic Style

    This melodic variation of Frosty Morning is an example of how to play the melody up-the-neck and it's a continuation of Bela's solo on this tune. Super fun!

    Banjo Frosty Morning Melodic Style
  • Banjo Frosty Morning Backup


    This is based on Bela's backup playing on his record "Crossing the Tracks." Watch out for the G major chord in the 5th measure!

    Banjo Frosty Morning Backup