If you are ready for some supercharged fun on the banjo, this is the arrangement of Oh Susanna for you. This is a super sweet Scruggsified melody-yes it's a word! It's styled the way Ron Stewart might play it. A lot of the licks and approach are similar to the his recording of Sourwood Mountain. Come live the Scrugg life!Learn
Learn the Oh Susanna melody in the melodic style using a combination of fretted notes up the neck and open strings. Then use the lick switcher to add challenge and interest. If you start to hear ideas of your own, never be afraid to experiment and try them. TuneFox is a launching pad for your creativity.Learn
This is a fun arrangement of Oh Susanna meant for the Advancing Beginner. Not too much challenge here. This arrangement can be used as a launching pad for single string, but if you use the lick switcher, you'll notice it could be a launching pad for any style! That's because we've started with the core melody, giving you a blank canvas to paint on. Use the lick switcher to get some ideas on how you could color this arrangement. Make it your own!Learn
More about Oh Susanna
This is a minstrel song performed by Stephen Foster. It saw its first publication in a magazine in 1848 and was among the most popular tunes in America. It was even chosen by Members of Western American writers as the top 100 songs of all time. There is a lot of history surrounding Stephen Foster, and it was recorded that he wrote “Oh Susanna” while he was in Cincinnati. The song was first performed in Andrews Eagle Ice Cream by a local quintet and was common at many times. The Blackface Minstrel group also performed the song and along with others at that time, tried to register the song for copyright under their names. This made the song registered and copyrighted at least 21 times. The name of the sing was Foster’s sister, and it blends with a variety of traditional music. The opening line o the lyrics refers to a tune titled “Banjo on the Knee.” Many publications referenced the song and also suggestions points to the fact that foster got inspiration from steels song, titled “rose of Alabama.”
Here on Tunefox you’ll find 3 versions of Oh Susanna for banjo. The Scruggs style tablature will teach you how to play slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs. In the melodic arrangement of Oh Susanna, you’ll learn some fancy up-the-neck melodic work. The third variation of this song is a Single-string arrangement.
There are many Scruggs, melodic and bluesy licks in these three banjo Oh Susanna tablatures, which can be used to personalize each arrangement into your liking. To change measure into a 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 Oh Susanna 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 Tunefox banjo Oh Susanna tab contains real-sounding backing tracks. These backing tracks allow you to practice the arrangement you’re learning with an entire band and you can change the volume of the band, banjo and metronome to suit your liking.
Members can also export all of their banjo Oh Susanna arrangements into PDF files.