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Groundspeed banjo tabs

  • Tablatures
    Banjo Groundspeed tab

    Earl Scruggs

    Earl Scruggs

    • Difficulty
    • Key
    • Tempo
      130 bpm
    • Tuning

    This is a transcription of Earl's playing. It's based on his performance that was featured on the Foggy Mountain banjo album. The licks feature some great variations in melodic and Scruggs styles.

  • Scruggs Style

    Earl Scruggs

    Groundspeed is one of the most popular Scruggs tune, and also one of the most challenging. The timing in the B section is syncopated, so listen to that section a lot before jumping in.

  • Melodic Style

    Earl Scruggs

    This arrangement of Groundspeed is sure to test your technical abilities (and hopefully make you better!). There's a lot of mixing styles in this arrangements, so be sure to practice your transitions slowly.

  • Backup Style

    Earl Scruggs

    This arrangement of Groundspeed is a lower register example of how you could play behind a fiddle player's solo. There's a lot of space for forward rolls over the G chord.


More about Groundspeed

Here on Tunefox you’ll find 3 versions of Groundspeed for banjo. The Scruggs style tablature will teach you how to play slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs. In the melodic arrangement of Groundspeed, you’ll learn some fancy up-the-neck melodic work. The third variation of this song is a forward roll based-backup arrangement.

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 Groundspeed 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.

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 Groundspeed. 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.

Each arrangement of Groundspeed for banjo features real-sounding backing tracks. Use these backing tracks to polish up the solo you’re working on. You can mix the banjo, band, and metronome up or down so that you have several options for your practice.

Once you’ve settled on an arrangement of Groundspeed 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.