Little Sadie banjo tabs & chords

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  • Scruggs Style

    Difficulty

    This arrangement is based on the Tony Rice version of "Little Sadie" and is a fairly straight-forward banjo part. After mastering this, check out the melodic break!

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

    Difficulty

    This arrangement of Little Sadie gives you a lot to work with as far as blending melodic and single string styles. Watch out for that 3rd measure on the Am chord!

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

    Difficulty

    This is a great demonstration for playing in the key of Dm. These chords are fantastic!

    • Key Dm
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Backup

More about Little Sadie Banjo song

Here are 3 killer arrangements of Little Sadie 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 Sadie 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.

In every Tunefox tablature arrangement you'll find measures where you can switch out licks to see different options to use for your improvisation. This feature is called the Lick Switcher. How do you find the Lick Switcher? Look for text that says "Original Measure" over different measures in the Little Sadie tab you are learning and click on that text. It'll open up the Lick Switcher where you can select a substitute measure for that spot in the song. You'll find that there are different styles of licks like Scruggs, Melodic, Bluesy, and more. Want to see a completely different version of this song? Click on "Shuffle Licks" on the bottom of tool panel to randomly shuffle the licks in the song.

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Each arrangement of Little Sadie for banjo features real-sounding backing tracks. Use these backing tracks to polish up the solo you’re working on. You can mix the banjo, band, and metronome up or down so that you have several options for your practice.

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Little Sadie lyrics

Traditional

I was out one night, makin' a round.
I met Little Sadie, and I shot her down.
Went back home, got in my bed,
A forty-four smokeless under my head.

Got up next morning about half past nine.
The hacks and the buggies were standin' in line.
All of them good folks waitin' around
To carry Little Sadie to the burying ground.

Well, I began to think about the deed I done.
I grabbed my coat and away I run.
I made my run, but I made it too slow,
And they overtook me in Jerico.

I was standin' on a corner readin' a bill
When up stepped the sheriff from Thomasville.
He said, "Young man, is your name 'Brown' ?"
"Remember the night you shot Sadie down?"

I said, "Yes sir, my name is 'Lee',
And I murdered Little Sadie in the First Degree.
First Degree, Second Degree,
If you got any papers won't you read 'me to me."

They took me downtown, and they dressed me in black.
Put me on the train for to carry me back.
All the way back to the Thomasville jail,
And I had no money for to go my bail.

The judge and the jury, they took the stand.
The judge had the papers in his right hand:
Forty-one days, forty-one nights,
Forty-one years to wear the ball and stripe!