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Banjo tablatures for Little Maggie

The Stanley Brothers

Recomended level: Intermediate

Tags: #bluesy, #old time, #up-tempo

The tale of a man's love for a woman who drank and hopped from suitor to suitor, "Little Maggie," originated from the background of "Black Blues" music, which developed in Appalachia before the recording industry had existed. It came along with songs such as "Hustling Gamblers" and "Darling Corey." Grayson and Whittier's guitar/fiddle pair released their first version of "Little Maggie" around 1928. Upon Carter's death in 1966, subsequently releasing "Little Maggie" with his Clinch Mountain Boys, Dr. Stanley began his solo career, and the album appears to be a staple among bluegrass pickers around the world. It was produced by hundreds of groups whose original introduction to the collection was the edition of Dr. Stanley. Dr. Stanley's accessible version with the verse: "Little Maggie" belongs to the "Darling Cory / Corey" group of "Black Blues" songs like "Country Blues / Hustling Gamblers" contained in the late 1800's Appalachian area. In his commentary to the Revenant reissue of Boggs' full early recordings, Barry O'Connell claims that this "Lyric and Tune Group" "has been around in the southern mountains for more than a century." He went on to say: "The tunes family probably emerged in the late 19th century and belongs to the group of white blues ballads that then formed."

  • Banjo Little Maggie Scruggs Style

    Scruggs Style

    This version of Little Maggie is based both on the Scruggs style arrangement and the Marc Pruett version on Ricky Skaggs's "Bluegrass Rules" record.

    Banjo Little Maggie Scruggs Style
  • Banjo Little Maggie Melodic Style

    Melodic Style

    This melodic style version of Little Maggie features a few chromatic licks mixed into the Scruggs style arrangement.

    Banjo Little Maggie Melodic Style
  • Banjo Little Maggie Backup


    This arrangement of Little Maggie gives you lots of ideas for Scruggs style down-the-neck backup to keep things interesting when playing behind a vocalist.

    Banjo Little Maggie Backup