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Golden Slippers banjo tabs

  • Tablatures

    Scruggs Style


    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!

  • Melodic Style


    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!

  • Single String Style


    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.


More about Golden Slippers

The song was written in 1879 by prominent black minstrel songwriter and banjo player James A. Bland (formally called Oh, Dem Golden Slippers). The song later became the folk and fiddling practice from the minstrel stage. Hey, Dem Golden Slippers were initially a Golden Slippers parody, a Fisk Jubilee Singers religious album. The edition of Bland overshadowed the success of the Fisk album and is now commonly called Golden Slippers. The Golden Slippers of https:/en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden Slippers is a song popularized by the Fisk Jubilee Singers in the years following the American Civil War. The album is also recognized as "What kind of shoes you were gwine (going)" by its opening line. The album became the source of a minstrel show parody song, "Hey, Dem Golden Slippers," which became a Popular pop standard. "Golden Slippers", the spoof version, is described in its earliest performances as a moving and proud album, different from its somewhat animated parody. In it, the lead singer tells the group what kind of finery they're going to wear throughout meeting the Heavenly choir. The song has a beautiful stanza and had singers like The Fisk Jubilee Singers, the Golden Echo Quartet, and many others record the song as "Golden Slippers" in the first half of the twentieth century. As "What Kind Of Shoes You Gwine To Wear," William Rexroat and his Cedar Crest Singers recorded the song in the late 1920s with a significantly different up-tempo melody and playful arrangement. The lead singer interjects a smart-aleck response before following them as the chorus performs each of the questions and answers. (Example: "I'm going to wear my old work boots!" to "What kind of shoes to ca...rry, golden shoes!"). This latter version appears on Bob Coltman's 1973 folk album" Lonesome Robin "as" What kind of feet.

Learn 3 different versions of Golden Slippers, 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 Golden Slippers using scales and up the next positions. Lastly, you can check out the Single-string arrangement. In every Tunefox tablature arrangement you'll find measures where you can switch out licks to see different options to use for your improvisation. This feature is called the Lick Switcher. How do you find the Lick Switcher? Look for text that says "Original Measure" over different measures in the Golden Slippers tab you are learning and click on that text. It'll open up the Lick Switcher where you can select a substitute measure for that spot in the song. You'll find that there are different styles of licks like Scruggs, Melodic, Bluesy, and more. Want to see a completely different version of this song? Click on "Shuffle Licks" on the bottom of tool panel to randomly shuffle the licks in the 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 Golden Slippers. 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. Use the Tunefox backing tracks to practice the solo you’re working on or improvising over the chord changes for Golden Slippers. The backing tracks are recorded samples of real instruments to help simulate practicing with an actual band. You can adjust the volume of the instrument, band, and metronome to your liking. When you’ve finished creating your arrangement of Golden Slippers, export your song arrangement to PDF file. This feature is for members of Tunefox, only.

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
An...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