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Banjo tablatures for Red Wing


Recomended level: Intermediate

Tags: #old time, #vocal song, #fiddle tune

"Red Wing" is a famous song written in 1907 with music played by Kerry Mills and lyrics by Thurland Chattaway. Mills derived the melody of the verse from a piano composition by Robert Schumann's "The Happy Farmer, Returning from Work" from his Album for the Young, Opus 68, released in 1848. The song talks about the death of her sweetheart by a young Indian girl who died in the war. "Red Wing" is sometimes also known as "Red Wing Polka" (being in 2/4 times); although it sounds like a traditional song, it was actually written as recently as 1907; with music by Frederick Allen (Kerry) Mills (1869-1948) and lyrics by Thurland Chattaway, it is a song that demonstrates the respect with which those who replaced the original inhabitants of the Americas were treated. The original F.A. music plate. It is referred to as An Indian Intermezzo by Mills of New York (its composer). In reality, the melody is taken from a classic piece, Robert Schumann's "The Happy Farmer," something many contemporary writers have done, such as Al Stewart with "Palace Of Versailles" and "Rocks in the Sea," and perhaps most popular Procol Harum with "A Whiter Shade Of Pale." "Red Wing" is lyrically a song in the same vein as "The Ash Grove" or "The Unquiet Grave", but without the latter's supernatural connection. Squaw Red Wing is weeping for her battle-lost love. It has to be said that in addition, this fails a little; "brave and homosexual" doesn't mean the same thing in the 21st century as it did in the 20th generation. "Red Wing" is a lovely song, but one of its most memorable performances is anything but melodic; a Capella is performed in the 1961 movie The Comancheros by an intoxicated John Wayne and Lee Marvin.

  • Banjo Red Wing Scruggs 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!

    Banjo Red Wing Scruggs Style
  • Banjo Red Wing Melodic Style

    Melodic Style

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

    Banjo Red Wing Melodic Style
  • Banjo Red Wing 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.

    Banjo Red Wing Backup