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Banjo tablatures for I Saw the Light

Earl Scruggs

Recomended level: Beginner

Tags: #vocal song, #gospel music, #up-tempo

"I saw the light" is Hank Williams ' country gospel song. Williams was influenced by a remark his mother made as they arrived in Montgomery, Alabama, as they returned from a concert. During his first session with MGM Records, he recorded the song, and it was released in September 1948. The song is fixed to the tune of the classic Scottish folk tune "Bonnie Charlie," still popularly known as "Will you not come back again?" Williams ' version did not enjoy major success during its initial release, but it eventually became one of his most pop songs and the closing number for his live performances. It was quickly performed by other performances and became a staple of the country gospel. Williams and his wife Audrey sought to attract the recently formed music publishing firm Acuff-Rose Music after the loss of his audition. Williams and his family met Fred Rose, who had signed a contract with him for six albums, exploiting an arrangement with Sterling Records. Williams was holding his first recording session in December 1946. The "Never Again" and "Honky Tonkin'" songs were popular, attracting MGM Records ' attention to Williams. He released the first track, "Roll It On Over."

  • Banjo I Saw the Light Scruggs Style

    Scruggs Style

    A good old gospel tune written by Flatt & Scruggs. There's a tricky measure of 2/4 at the end of the form. Learn a verse of the I Saw the Light song to stay on track.

    Banjo I Saw the Light Scruggs Style
  • Banjo I Saw the Light Melodic Style

    Melodic Style

    This arrangement of I Saw the Light starts up high and gives you a lot of fancy melody runs to work with. They sound great, and stay true to the melody!

    Banjo I Saw the Light Melodic Style
  • Banjo I Saw the Light Backup


    This backup arrangement of I Saw the Light teaches how to play up the neck and transition to a down the neck variation with more Scruggsy fill licks.

    Banjo I Saw the Light Backup