More about Liberty
Founding Father, John Dickinson's "The Liberty Song" is a pre-American Revolutionary War song with lyrics (not Plymouth's Mrs. Mercy Otis Warren, Massachusetts). The song is set on the tunes of "Heart of Oak," the United Kingdom's Royal Navy anthem. The song itself was first published on July 18, 1768, in the Boston Gazette. The song is notable in the thirteen colonies as one of the earliest patriotic songs. Dickinson's sixth chapter provides the earliest known expression which resembles the term "one we stand, divided we fall," a nationalist slogan that has circulated frequently throughout U.S. history. Also, the song is likely to be a variant of the traditional Irish song from which it often takes its tune, "Here's a Health." The Liberty Song ""lyrics also have the same structure. In 1770, the song's lyrics were updated to reflect the increasing tensions between England and the Colonies. This new version was released in the almanac of Bickerstaff, and the title was changed to "The Liberty Song of Massachusetts."
Here are 3 killer arrangements of Liberty 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 Liberty 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.
There are many Scruggs, melodic and bluesy licks in these three banjo Liberty tablatures, which can be used to personalize each arrangement into your liking. To change measure into different arrangement, just click on the "Original Measure" text above the measure and select a different lick. You can also click the "Shuffle licks" button at the bottom of the page to randomly change all of the licks in the tablature and create a wholly unique arrangement of this song.
There are a number of fantastic learning tools in Tunefox to help you memorize, learn by ear, and improve your speed. These special features are found in the "Tools" menu at the bottom right of your screen. The "Hide Notes" tool will hide a number of the notes in the tab so you can use your ears to learn parts of the melody of the Liberty. Next, try out the "Memory Train" tool, which will hide more and more notes each time the song or measure loops. This will help get you off of the tab you’ve been working with so you can play it by memory. The "Speed Up" feature gradually speeds up the song so you can hone your technique and challenge yourself to go faster.
Use the Tunefox backing tracks to practice the solo you’re working on or improvising over the chord changes for Liberty. 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.
Once you’ve settled on an arrangement of Liberty using the Lick Switcher, export your arrangement to a PDF file so you can print it out and take it with you. This is a member-only feature.