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Banjo tablatures for Oh Susanna

Stephen Foster

Recomended level: Intermediate

Tags: #folk music, #vocal song, #medium-tempo

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.”

  • Banjo Oh Susanna Melody


    This arrangement features a simplified version of the melody. It's great for beginners and is a great springboard for adding in licks and understanding the melody those licks are bui...

    Banjo Oh Susanna Melody
  • Banjo Oh Susanna Scruggs Style

    Scruggs Style

    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...

    Banjo Oh Susanna Scruggs Style
  • Banjo Oh Susanna Melodic Style

    Melodic Style

    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 s...

    Banjo Oh Susanna Melodic Style
  • Banjo Oh Susanna Single String Style

    Single String Style

    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 u...

    Banjo Oh Susanna Single String Style