Nine Pound Hammer banjo tabs & chords

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  • Scruggs Style

    Difficulty

    One of the most popular jam tunes. This version of Nine Pound Hammer is fairly simple and features a lot of of forward rolls, especially in the beginning.

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

    Difficulty

    This melodic version of Nine Pound Hammer is very much a variation on the Scruggs arrangement. It maintains the melody while featuring some fancy licks.

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

    Difficulty

    A straight-forward down the neck backup version for Nine Pound Hammer. Make sure you use dynamics to fill in between vocal phrasing.

    • Key G
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Backup

More about Nine Pound Hammer Banjo song

Here are 3 killer arrangements of Nine Pound Hammer 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 Nine Pound Hammer 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 Nine Pound Hammer 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.

Be sure to check out all of the great learning tools that Tunefox has to offer such as "Hide Notes", "Memory Train", and "Speed Up". These tools can be found in the "Tools" menu at the bottom right of your screen. Want to learn some of Nine Pound Hammer by ear? Use "Hide Notes" to hide some or all of the notes in the tablature. Once you’re finished learning with the tab use the "Memory Train" tool to commit the song to memory. Then practice with "Speed Up" to improve your technique and speed in no time.

Using backing tracks for practice should be an essential part of every musician’s routine. With Tunefox, you can practice Nine Pound Hammer 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.

Members can export their arrangements into PDF, allowing them to print and bring them to their next jam session.

Nine Pound Hammer lyrics

This nine pound hammeris a little too heavy
For my size, honey, for my size

Roll on buddy, don't you roll so slow
Baby, how can I roll when the wheels won't go

Up on the mountain just to see my honey
And I ain't coming back, lord, I ain't coming back

* Refrain

It's a long way to Hazard a long way to Harian
Just to get a little booze, just get a little booz

* Refrain

Ain't one hammer in this tonnel
That rings like mine that rings like mine

* Refrain

It rings like silver and shines like gold
It rings like silver and shines like gold

* Refrain

Somebody stole my nine pound hammer
They've took it and gone, they've took it and gone

* Refrain

That nine pound hammer that killed John Henry
Ain't a gonna kill me, ain't a gonna kill me

* Refrain