Jingle Bells banjo tabs

  • Scruggs Style


    Sonny Osborne has said it's how everyone should start learning banjo. Don't learn rolls at first learn how to play melodies. If all you are hearing is rolls and no tune, you're in trouble. Even Earl Scruggs has said a comment from his mother changed the way he thought about banjo. Hot licks don't mean much if you can't hear the tune, so start with the melody. Here we've tabbed it out, but try and use the note hider to learn by ear. Isolate a measure at a time, so you don't get overwhelmed. Also, learn the G scale, and pick out simple melodies using trial and error by ear. Nursery rhymes are a fantastic place to start.

    • Key G
    • 80 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Scruggs Style
  • Scruggs Style #2


    Check out the beginner version of Jingle Bells first. Know what the melody is. Notice we've added some licks in. Notice where we've added them in. Half notes are a great place to add licks and rolls into a melody. Use the lick switcher for even more variations.

    • Key G
    • 100 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Scruggs Style #2
  • Scruggs Style #3


    Mashing through the snow! This is the Scruggs style arrangement of Jingle Bells you need to get the Christmas party started.

    • Key G
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Scruggs Style #3