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Melodic Scales banjo tabs & chords

  • G Scales


    This is a comprehensive look at the essential G scale patterns for playing melodic banjo. Some of the fingerings are weird at first, so practice slow and stick with it!

    • Key G
    • 100 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play G Scales
  • C Scales


    You'll notice that the C scales use very similar positions to the G scales. The main difference between G and C is one note. C scales include F natural, and G scales have F#.

    • Key C
    • 100 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play C Scales
  • D Scales


    D major is one of the more difficult keys to play melodic in because of the large stretch from the 9th fret 3rd string with your pinky to the 5th fret first string with your index finger.

    • Key D
    • 100 bpm
    • Tuning aDGBD
    Play D Scales

More about Melodic Scales Banjo song

Banjo Melodic Scales tab

On Tunefox you’ll find 3 different tabs for Melodic Scales. Each of these tabs will teach you how to play the this tune in a different way. The Scruggs style tablature will show you how to play left hand slurs, otherwise known as hammer-ons, slides, and pull-offs. The Melodic style arrangement of will show you how to play Melodic Scales up the neck using major and pentatonic scales. And finally, the Backup arrangement will teach you how to play the backup for this song, which is essential for jam sessions.

There are many Scruggs, melodic and bluesy licks in these three banjo Melodic Scales 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 Melodic Scales 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.

Each arrangement of Melodic Scales 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.

Once you’ve settled on an arrangement of Melodic Scales 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.