Red Wing banjo tabs & chords

  • Melodic Style


    Red Wing melodic break demonstrates how you can blend melodic style and single string to create your own creative and interesting solos!

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


    A classic and fun melody to play on the banjo. Once you get the down-the-neck version solid, try to figure it out up the neck!

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


    This rolling backup arrangement of Red Wing teaches how you'd play behind a fiddle player. It's got a good mixture of 16th and 8th notes.

    • Key G
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Backup

Red Wing lyrics

There once lived an indian maid
A shy little prairie maid
Who sang a lay, a love song gay
As on the plain she'd while away the day
She loved a warrior bold
This shy little maid of old
But blythe and gay, he rode one day
To battle far away

Now, the moon shines tonight on pretty Red Wing
The breeze is sighing, the night bird's crying
For afar neath his star her brave is sleeping
While Red Wings weeping her heart away

She watched thru the day and night
She kept all the campfiles bright
And under the sky, each night she would lie
And dream about his coming by and by
But when all the braves returned
The heart of Red Wing yearned
For Brave one day, her warrior gay
Fell bravely in the fray

* Refrain