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Banjo tablatures for Home Sweet Home

Earl Scruggs

Recomended level: Intermediate

Tags: #instrumental, #old time, #medium-tempo, #drop c

If before the mid-19th century there were songs about the misery of a bad marriage, they have not endured. The wedding songs of women are not funny-they are about misery, intoxicated husbands and starving children. The men's songs are all jocular and sound like the comments you hear at a party in Super Bowl. This month we're going to cover the music of a guy. She likely stole the idea of bachelor's joys from earlier British broadsides. Eddie Morton, a vaudeville/minstrel performer, recorded it in 1910. The edition of Morton is mostly recitative, not very good, but the track was recomposed at some time between 1910 and 1927. The melody and some of the phrases are the same, but the sections that talk are removed and new verses are included. Scruggs was about six years old when, from the Minstrel C tuning, he saw and heard Wool vivid sitting on a porch playing the original 1823 Home Sweet Home melody and was delighted with the sophistication. Though Scruggs often used his eponymous pegs to glide between them to play "Home Sweet Home" in the D tuning.

  • Banjo Home Sweet Home Scruggs Style

    Scruggs Style

    This is a tune off of the classic Flatt & Scruggs "Foggy Mountain Banjo" record. It's in drop C tuning, and features some great syncopation in the B section.

    Banjo Home Sweet Home Scruggs Style
  • Banjo Home Sweet Home Melodic Style

    Melodic Style

    This version of Home Sweet Home maintains the integrity of the original melody, while tastefully blending in melodic elements. The B section features a nice descending pattern over t...

    Banjo Home Sweet Home Melodic Style
  • Banjo Home Sweet Home Backup


    This backup variation of Home Sweet Home showcases the different things Earl Scruggs would do on a song played in drop C. There's a good mixture of rolling chords and vamping to keep...

    Banjo Home Sweet Home Backup