Man of Constant Sorrow banjo tabs & chords

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  • Scruggs Style

    Difficulty

    A simple, yet bluesy version of Man of Constant Sorrow that teaches using leaving out the "3rd" of the G and A chords.

    • Key D
    • 100 bpm
    • Tuning aDGBD
    Play Scruggs Style
  • Bluesy Style

    Difficulty

    A Ron Block-style take on this classic traditional tune Man of Constant Sorrow. Ron uses a lot of bluesy slides and pull-offs on the 2nd string.

    • Key D
    • 100 bpm
    • Tuning aDGBD
    Play Bluesy Style
  • Backup

    Difficulty

    A rolling and bluesy backup version of Man of Constant Sorrow to demonstrate filling in-between vocal lines.

    • Key D
    • 100 bpm
    • Tuning aDGBD
    Play Backup

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Banjo Man of Constant Sorrow tab

Learn 3 different versions of Man of Constant Sorrow, which are all shown on this page. We recommend that you get started with the Scruggs style version, where you’ll learn basic roll pattern and left hand articulations like slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs. Next, move on to the Melodic arrangement to learn how to play the melody for Man of Constant Sorrow using scales and up the next positions. Lastly, you can check out the Backup arrangement, which shows you how to play behind others while they are soloing.

Use the Tunefox Lick Switcher to explore improvisation and creativity inside the Man of Constant Sorrow tablatures. The Lick Switcher will allow you to create your own arrangement using pre-built licks that are handmade by professional musicians. To use the Lick Switcher, click on the text above specific measures that says "Original Measure" and select between a variety of new licks for that measure. You'll find that there are different style licks such as Scruggs, Melodic, Jazz, and more. At the bottom of your page you'll also find a button that says "Shuffle Licks." Click this button and watch the licks randomly shuffle throughout the song.

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Each arrangement of Man of Constant Sorrow 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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Man of Constant Sorrow lyrics

I am a man of constant sorrow
I've seen trouble all my days
I bid farewell to old Kentucky
The state where I was borned and raised

For six long years I've been in trouble
No pleasure here on earth I find
For in this world I'm bound to ramble
I have no friends to help me now

It's fare thee well my own true lover
I never expect to see you again
For I'm bound to ride that northern railroad
Perhaps I'll die upon this train

You can bury me in some deep valley
For many years where I may lay
Then you may learn to love another
While I am sleeping in my grave

It's fare you well to a native country
The places I have loved so well
For I have seen all kinds of trouble
In this cruel world, no tongue can tell

Maybe your friends think I'm just a stranger
My face you'll never see no more
But there is one promise that is given
I'll meet you on God's golden shore