Golden Slippers banjo tabs & chords

Back
  • Melodic Style

    Difficulty

    This is a straightforward melodic version of Golden Slippers. Not too many challenges. There are a couple triplets, but those layout easy under the left and right hand. Triplets are not nearly as tough at slower speeds, but learn this at whatever speed is necessary to play it clean. This is a very joyful tune. Have some fun with it, and be sure to check out the great substitution licks!

    • Key G
    • 105 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Melodic Style
  • Scruggs Style

    Difficulty

    Some tough syncopation. Hammers and pulls in somewhat expected spots. But sometimes, that's what it takes to get a little closer to the melody with Scruggs style banjo. This tune and arrangement is a boatload of fun if you're up for it. If you've been playing a while you might not have too much trouble technically. So make sure you are working for better tone with your picking hand. Accent the melody notes to make them really stand out. Make your hammers and pulls, crisp and snappy. Now it's starting to sound like a banjo!

    • Key G
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Scruggs Style
  • Single String Style

    Difficulty

    Not a super flashy arrangement of Golden Slippers, but it stays true to the melody with a few good licks. Sometimes that's all you need. This arrangement uses hammer ons and pull offs to get legato(smooth) sound. This is very common technique used by flatpickers, mandolinists, and fiddlers. When you blend it with regular single string style, you are able to get a sound that is smooth, but also very rhythmic. Experiment with putting accents(playing more loudly) on melody notes. Keep your overall dynamic(volume) level in the middle so you are not playing too loudly, as this can often kill the tone you get from your banjo.

    • Key G
    • 110 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Single String Style

Golden Slippers lyrics

Oh, my golden slippers are laid away
Cause I don't spect to were'em till my wedding day
And my long tall coat that I love so well
I will wear up in the chariot in the morn
And my long white robe that I bought last June
I'm gonna get changed cause it fits too soon
And the old grey horse that I used to drive
I will hitch him to the chariot in the morn

Oh, them golden slippers
Oh, them golden slippers
Golden slippers I'm gonna wear
Because they look so near
Oh, them golden slippers
Oh, them golden slippers
Golden slippers I'm a gonna wear
To walk the golden street

Oh, my ol' banjo hangs on the wall
Cause it ain't been turned since way last fall
But the folks all say we'll have a good time
When we ride up in the chariot in the morn
There's old Brother Ben and his sister Luce
They will telegraph the news to Uncle Bacco Juice
What a great camp meeting there will be that day
When we ride up in the chariot in the morn

* Refrain

So, its goodbye, children, I will have to go,
Where the rain don't fall and the wind don't blow
And your ulster coast, why, you will not need
When you ride up in the chariot in the morn
But your golden slippers must be nice and clean
And your age must be just sweet sixteen
And your white kid gloves you will have to wear
When you ride up in the chariot in the morn

* Refrain