Little Maggie banjo tabs & chords

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  • Scruggs Style

    Difficulty

    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.

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

    Difficulty

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

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

    Difficulty

    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.

    • Key G
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Backup

More about Little Maggie Banjo song

Here are 3 killer arrangements of Little Maggie 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 Little Maggie 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 Little Maggie 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.

You'll also find some useful tools which will help you to learn how to play Little Maggie on banjo. For example, you can use the "Hide Notes" feature, which will hide some notes for you so you can learn parts of the melody by ear. The "Memory train" tool will progressively hide notes each time you play through a section or the entirety of a song. Take your speed to the next level with the "Speed Up" feature. This tool will automatically increase playback speed each time you loop the song.

Using backing tracks for practice should be an essential part of every musician’s routine. With Tunefox, you can practice Little Maggie as fast or as slow as you want and mix the volume of the tracks with the instrument to your liking. There’s also a metronome so you can always feel the pulse of the song with or without the band track playing along.

Once you’ve settled on an arrangement of Little Maggie 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.

Little Maggie lyrics

Yonder stands Little Maggie
With a dram glass in her hand
She's drinkin' away her troubles, oh lord
And courtin' another man

Marching down to the station
Cash in my hand
Going away for to leave you
Going to some far-off land

Pretty flowers were made for blooming
Pretty stars were made to shine
Pretty girls were made for lovin'
Little Maggie were made to be mine

How can I ever stand it
Just to see them pretty blue eyes
Shining like the diamonds
The diamonds in the sky