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Red Haired Boy banjo tabs

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    Banjo Red Haired Boy tab

    Scruggs Style


    This arrangement of Red Haired Boy uses hammer-ons and pull-offs to grab melody notes that are easier to play using melodic style.

  • Melodic Style


    This tune is often a guitar players first flat picking song, and this version of Red Haired Boy is based on Tony Rice's playing.

  • Backup


    A simple and forward roll heavy backup version of Red Haired Boy. Imagine you're playing with a fiddle player. It's your job to lay down solid rhythm.


More about Red Haired Boy

‘Red Haired Child ' is the English translation of the Gaelic name 'Giolla Rua' (or 'Gilderoy') and is generally thought to represent a real-life thief or bandit. However, Baring-Gould points out that in Scotland the term 'Beggar' is also identified with King James V. The song was quite popular under the Gaelic title ' The Little Beggarman ' (or ' The Beggarman '). In the tale "The Red Haired Child" uilleann piper Donnchadh Ó Sé from Lóthar, one of the finest pipers in the parish of Priory. Donnchadh obediently reached for his pipes, and soon found that the brute was unaware of the music and was able to please him with "An Giolla Rua" Breathnach, The Person, and His Music, 1997. A similarly titled track, "Beggar's Meal Poke's," was written by James VI of Scotland (who in the course became James then I of England), an ascription frequently mistaken with his predecessor James I, who was the reputed writer of the verses of a song called "The Jolly Beggar." The melody is published as "An Maidrin Ruadh" (The Little Red Fox) in Bunting's 1840A Ancient Music Collection of Ireland.

On Tunefox you’ll find 3 different tabs for Red Haired Boy. 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 Red Haired Boy 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 Red Haired Boy 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.

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Each Tunefox banjo Red Haired Boy tab contains real-sounding backing tracks. These backing tracks allow you to practice the arrangement you’re learning with with an entire band and you can change volume of the band, banjo and metronome to suit your liking.

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