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Groundhog banjo tabs

  • Tablatures

    Scruggs Style


    This is Jim Mills's great version of the traditional tune, Groundhog. It's not super fast, and has a nice grooving, bluesy feel to it.

  • Bluesy Style


    This is an up-the-neck rendition of the melodic with some cool bluesy melodic licks thrown in to keep it funky.

  • Backup


    The chords go by fairly quickly in this song, so this backup arrangement of Groundhog is great for practicing rolling through fast chord changes.


More about Groundhog

This song is written by Doc Watson and appears on the American Folk Singers and Balladeers compilation (1964) and the Essential Doc Watson (1973) album. The profundity, and beauty of the musical abilities of this extended family, is legendary among traditional American music followers. Watson's family standards are featured here, including 11 previously unreleased performances. A modern story. "This is beautiful music, one of old-time music's best collections ever recorded." — Victory Analysis. Compiled by Jeff Place and Ralph Rinzler.

Learn 3 different versions of Groundhog, 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 Bluesy arrangement. Lastly, you can check out the Backup arrangement, which shows you how to play behind others while they are soloing.

There are many Scruggs, melodic and bluesy licks in these three banjo Groundhog tablatures, which can be used to personalize each arrangement into your liking. To change measure into a 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.

Tunefox also features useful tools that will help you learn this arrangement of Groundhog. If you select the "Tools" option in the bottom bar you’ll see "Hide Notes", "Memory Train", and "Speed Up" features. Hide notes will help you train your ears by hiding some of the notes on the page for you to figure out as opposed to looking at the tab. "Memory Train" will help you retain the melody of the song by gradually hiding notes so you can rely on your ears more for memorization. Finally, the "Speed Up" tool will automatically increase the playback speed each time a measure or the song loops.

Each Tunefox banjo Groundhog tab contains real-sounding backing tracks. These backing tracks allow you to practice the arrangement you’re learning with an entire band and you can change the volume of the band, banjo and metronome to suit your liking.

Members can also export all of their banjo Groundhog arrangements into PDF files.