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    Banjo Handsome Molly tab

    Scruggs Style

    The Stanley Brothers

    • Difficulty
    • Key
      G
    • Tempo
      115 bpm
    • Tuning
      gDGBD

    This is a fun tune! Great melody and lyrics. In this version of Handsome Molly try to really bring out those melody notes.

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  • Melodic Style

    The Stanley Brothers

    • Difficulty
    • Key
      G
    • Tempo
      115 bpm
    • Tuning
      gDGBD

    A technical up-the-neck break to Handsome Molly that stays true to the melody while giving you some options for spicing up your playing.

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  • Backup

    The Stanley Brothers

    • Difficulty
    • Key
      G
    • Tempo
      115 bpm
    • Tuning
      gDGBD

    This backup version of Handsome Molly shows you how to play behind a vocalist in a way that doesn't get in the way of his/her singing.

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More about Handsome Molly

Handsome Molly is a popular banjo and fiddle song common to virtually all old country musicians of the nineteenth century. In 1918, Molly appeared in the collection of Cecil Sharp and was recorded on Victor records by Grayson and Whitter in 1929, but was probably a pretty old tune even then. The track is a "Courting Ballad" that is believed to date back to popular Irish ballads, comparable to "Lovely Molly" and "Dark-eyed Molly." It also shares similar lyrics with "Farewell Bally Cash" and "Irish Woman." Fiddler G.B. Grayson and guitar player Henry Whitter recorded a pre-bluegrass version of relevance in 1927. "Train 45" was the A-side of this album, and "Handsome Molly" was the B-side. These tracks would become bluegrass classics. The Stanley Brothers learned his song and performed it live throughout the 1950s, more than likely because of the Grayson recording. Stanley Brothers album with Ralph Mayo and Curley Lambert in 1956. It is a "Live" performance in front of a single Mic as a result of an impromptu session in a house. The Country Gentlemen recorded the song in 1961, which was included on the album "Sing & Play Folk Songs and Bluegrass." Their arrangement is much more "Old-time" and can be heard on the album "Old Time Music at Clarence Ashley's" or on the compilation album "The Essential Doc Watson." Bob Dylan, Ian and Sylvia Tyson and even Mick Jagger covered the song as well.

Here on Tunefox you’ll find 3 versions of Handsome Molly for banjo. The Scruggs style tablature will teach you how to play slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs. In the melodic arrangement of Handsome Molly, you’ll learn some fancy up-the-neck melodic work. The third variation of this s...ong is a forward roll based-backup arrangement. There are many Scruggs, melodic and bluesy licks in these three banjo Handsome Molly tablatures, which can be used to personalize each arrangement into your liking. To change measure into 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. Be sure to check out all of the great learning tools that Tunefox has to offer such as "Hide Notes", "Memory Train", and "Speed Up". These tools can be found in the "Tools" menu at the bottom right of your screen. Want to learn some of Handsome Molly by ear? Use "Hide Notes" to hide some or all of the notes in the tablature. Once you’re finished learning with the tab use the "Memory Train" tool to commit the song to memory. Then practice with "Speed Up" to improve your technique and speed in no time. Each Tunefox banjo Handsome Molly tab contains real-sounding backing tracks. These backing tracks allow you to practice the arrangement you’re learning with with an entire band and you can change volume of the band, banjo and metronome to suit your liking. Members can export their arrangements into PDF, allowing them to print and bring them to their next jam session.

Handsome Molly lyrics

Well I wish was in London
Or some other seaport town
Set my foot in a steamboat
Sail the Ocean Round

Refrain:
Saling round the ocean
Sailin' round the sea
I think of Handsome Molly
Wherever she may be

Well I saw her at church last Sunday
...in

Now do you remember Molly
When you give me your right hand
Said if you ever married
That I would be the man

* Refrain