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Banjo tablatures for Mountain Dew

Flatt & Scruggs

Recomended level: Intermediate

Tags: #vocal song, #old time, #medium-tempo

"Good Old Mountain Dew" (ROUD 18669), also simply called "Mountain Dew" or "Real Old Mountain Dew." the tune is an Appalachian folk song written by Bascom Lamar Lunsford and Scotty Wiseman. There are two variations of the words, Lunsford's 1928 edition, and Wiseman's 1935 version. Bascom Lamar Lunsford was a lawyer practicing in rural North Carolina during the 1920s, along with being an amateur folklorist and musician. The 1935 version was widely covered and became a standard in the folk tradition. Scotty Wiseman was a colleague of Lunsford's from the group Lulu Belle and Scotty. In 1928, for Brunswick Records, Lunsford recorded the song. Lunsford was impressed with it; later that night, for $25 ($339 in 2013), he sold the song to Wiseman so he could buy a train ticket back to North Carolina. Lunsford also represented local clients who were associated with the crime, and during one of these instances, the initial words and banjo accompaniment to "Good Old Mountain Dew" were published."

  • Banjo Mountain Dew Scruggs Style

    Scruggs Style

    This arrangement is loosely based on a live recording found on YouTube of Flatt & Scruggs performing Mountain Dew with Merle Travis. Check it out!

    Banjo Mountain Dew Scruggs Style
  • Banjo Mountain Dew Melodic Style

    Melodic Style

    This arrangement of Mountain Dew starts up the neck with the melody and transitions to a down-the-neck version of the original melody, with some fancy licks thrown in.

    Banjo Mountain Dew Melodic Style
  • Banjo Mountain Dew Backup


    This version of Mountain Dew features a bunch of classic Scruggs licks and alludes to the melody a bit in some measures.

    Banjo Mountain Dew Backup