Red River Valley banjo tabs & chords

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  • Backup

    Difficulty

    This is a very common bluegrass-style for this backup tune, which is usually played at a slow-medium pace.

    • Key G
    • 90 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Backup
  • Scruggs Style

    Difficulty

    This is a straightforward Scruggs version of Red River Valley. This slower speed is a great opportunity to focus on developing, and experimenting with your tone.

    • Key G
    • 90 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Scruggs Style
  • Scruggs Style-2

    Difficulty

    This is an "up-the-neck" version of the Red River Valley. There's a few challenges, but nothing that can't be overcome with slow, deliberate practice. Isolate the hard parts, and focus on good tone production.

    • Key G
    • 90 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Scruggs Style-2
  • Single String Style

    Difficulty

    Sometimes when you slow the tempo down, you have a chance to throw in fancier licks. Well, we've got a few for you in this Red River Valley arrangement, and even more with the lick switcher. Enjoy this tune.

    • Key G
    • 90 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Single String Style

More about Red River Valley Banjo song

Here are 4 killer arrangements of Red River Valley 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 Red River Valley 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 Red River Valley 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 Red River Valley 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.

Each arrangement of Red River Valley for banjo features real-sounding backing tracks. Use these backing tracks to polish up the solo you’re working on. You can mix the banjo, band, and metronome up or down so that you have several options for your practice.

Members can also export all of their banjo Red River Valley arrangements into PDF files.

Red River Valley lyrics

From this valley they say you are going
We will miss your bright eyes and sweet smile
For they say you are taking the sunshine
That has brightened oru pathways awhile

Come and sit by my side, if you love me
Do not hasten to bid me adieu
Just remember the Red river valley
And the cowboy who loved you so true

I've been thinking a long time, my darling
Of the sweet words you never would say
Now alas must my fond fopes all vanish
For they say you are going away

* Refrain

Do you think of the valley you're leaving
Oh how lonely and how dreary it will be
Do you think of the kind hearts you're breaking
And the pain you are causing to me

* Refrain

They will bury me where you have wandered
Near the hills where the daffodils grow
When you're gone from the Red river valley
For I can't live without you I know

* Refrain