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Jesse James banjo tabs

  • Tablatures

    Scruggs Style


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

  • Melodic Style


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

  • 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.


More about Jesse James

The lyrics of this song are mostly biographical, providing a number of details from the life of Jesse James, depicting him as Robin Hood's American version. Although there is no evidence to suggest that he personally "stole from the wealthy and gave to the needy." The album is the starting point of Thomas Hart Benton's Jesse James row of a mosaic on American folk songs. Robert Ford, Jesse's killer, was a member of the James gang. At the end of the 1939 film, Jesse James, part of the song, is heard. The song was used in a 1958 episode of Lawman's TV Western series, where the marshal is trying to get Robert Ford out of the city safely. The version of the track by Ry Cooder appears over the end credits of Walter Hill's 1980 film The Long Riders and a part of the album is performed on-screen by Nick Cave, who plays a strolling ballader in a bar patronized by Robert Ford in the 2007 movie The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. The song's author remains uncertain, but it is credited to a "Billy Gashade" or "Billy LaShade" in the lyrics of some variants, although there is no historical record under either title for anyone.

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 creativ...ity 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. When you’ve finished creating your arrangement of Jesse James, export your song arrangement to PDF file. This feature is for members of Tunefox, only.

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 th...sse 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