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Hunting The Buffalo banjo tabs

  • Tablatures

    Scruggs Style


    This arrangement is wicked fun. Even though we are using a standard up the neck Scruggs position, it gets a very cool and spooky sound against the backdrop of the Minor chords that dominate the rhythm section of this tune.

  • Melodic Style


    Inside rolls are the power behind the arrangement of this wonderful tune. Notice the syncopation in measures 5 and 6. There is a 16th rest, and the banjo comes in just after the downbeat. Loop the measure to hear it clearly. This is an important part of the tune's identity.

  • Single String Style


    A very straightforward single string arrangement of this tune. Use the lick switcher to customize this arrangement to your liking. Also, go for a smooth sound. It's very easy to get choppy when playing single string. The majority of the technique is in your right hand. Try not to tense your muscles up. Play slow and smooth, and try to think about how it feels when you are playing slow as you increase your speed. Remember also, just cause you are playing faster, it doesn't mean you should also play louder. This is a common phenomena. It is tension that comes from playing something that should be attempted at a slower, more controlled speed. (You are likely playing too fast for your current skill level) Take it easy. Go for a smooth sound before speed. Something that even Grandma would want to listen to.


More about Hunting The Buffalo

On Tunefox you’ll find 3 different tabs for Hunting The Buffalo. Each of these tabs will teach you how to play the this tune in a different way. The Scruggs style tablature will show you how to play left hand slurs, otherwise known as hammer-ons, slides, and pull-offs. The Melodic style arrangement of will show you how to play Hunting The Buffalo up the neck using major and pentatonic scales. And finally, the Backup arrangement will teach you how to play the backup for this song, which is essential for jam sessions.

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 Hunting The Buffalo 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.

Tunefox also features useful tools that will help you learn this arrangement of Hunting The Buffalo. 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.

Use the Tunefox backing tracks to practice the solo you’re working on or improvising over the chord changes for Hunting The Buffalo. 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 Hunting The Buffalo, export your song arrangement to PDF file. This feature is for members of Tunefox, only.