Jesse James banjo tabs & chords

  • Scruggs Style


    Jesse James a popular traditional song that is commonly heard as an instrumental tune even though it has great lyrics!

    • Key G
    • 110 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Scruggs Style
  • Melodic Style


    This is a fairly complex version of Jesse James that features melodic and single string styles.

    • Key G
    • 110 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Melodic Style
  • Backup


    The B section of this Jesse James arrangement goes up the neck to give you some new ideas on how to change up the texture from section to section.

    • Key G
    • 110 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Backup

More about Jesse James Banjo song

Here are 3 killer arrangements of Jesse James for you to share with friends at your next jam. The Scruggs style arrangement will get you started learning slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs. Once you’re feeling confident with that try your luck with the Melodic style solo, which will teach you how to play the melody for Jesse James using up the neck scales. Finally, the Backup arrangement will show you how to play this song with others and sound like a pro doing it.

Use the Tunefox Lick Switcher to explore improvisation and creativity inside the Jesse James tablatures. The Lick Switcher will allow you to create your own arrangement using pre-built licks that are handmade by professional musicians. To use the Lick Switcher, click on the text above specific measures that says "Original Measure" and select between a variety of new licks for that measure. You'll find that there are different style licks such as Scruggs, Melodic, Jazz, and more. At the bottom of your page you'll also find a button that says "Shuffle Licks." Click this button and watch the licks randomly shuffle throughout the song.

Tunefox also features useful tools that will help you learn this arrangement of Jesse James. 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 Jesse James. 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.

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Jesse James lyrics

Went down to the station, not many days ago
Did something I'll never do again
I got down on my knees and selivered up the keys
To Frank and his brother, Jesse James

O, Jesse leaves a wife, she's a mourner all her life
And the children, they were brave
But the dirty little coward, he shot Mister Howard
And he laid poor Jesse in his grave

O, Jesse was a man and friend to the poor
He would never see a man suffer pain
But with he brother Frank, he robbed the Chicago bank
And he stopped the Glendale train

* Refrain

O, the people in the West, when they heard of Jesse's death
They wondered how he came to die
It was Ford's pistol ball brought him tumbling from the wall
And it laid poor Jesse down to die

* Refrain

Now Jesse goes to rest with his hands upon his breast
And the devil will be upon his knees
He was born one day in the county of Clay
And he came from a solitary race

* Refrain

This song it was made by Billy Gashade
As soon as the news did arrive
He said there was no man with the law in his hand
Who could take Jesse James when alive

* Refrain