Reuben banjo tabs & chords

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  • Scruggs Style

    Difficulty

    A classic Earl Scruggs arrangement of Reuben from the "Foggy Mountain Banjo" record. Keep in mind that a train tune, so it should be driving forward like a train!

    • Key D
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning f#DF#AD
    Play Scruggs Style
  • Melodic Style

    Difficulty

    This is an advanced bluesy arrangement of Reuben inspired by Bela Fleck's tune, "The Legend." It features descending blues scale patterns that work great over the chord changes!

    • Key D
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning f#DF#AD
    Play Melodic Style
  • Backup

    Difficulty

    This backup arrangement of Reuben demonstrates what Earl is doing on the original recording of Reuben behind the dobro player, Josh Graves.

    • Key D
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning f#DF#AD
    Play Backup

More about Reuben Banjo song

On Tunefox you’ll find 3 different tabs for Reuben. 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 Reuben 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.

Use the Tunefox Lick Switcher to explore improvisation and creativity inside the Reuben tablatures. The Lick Switcher will allow you to create your own arrangement using pre-built licks that are handmade by professional musicians. To use the Lick Switcher, click on the text above specific measures that says "Original Measure" and select between a variety of new licks for that measure. You'll find that there are different style licks such as Scruggs, Melodic, Jazz, and more. At the bottom of your page you'll also find a button that says "Shuffle Licks." Click this button and watch the licks randomly shuffle throughout the song.

There are a number of fantastic learning tools in Tunefox to help you memorize, learn by ear, and improve your speed. These special features are found in the "Tools" menu at the bottom right of your screen. The "Hide Notes" tool will hide a number of the notes in the tab so you can use your ears to learn parts of the melody of the Reuben. Next, try out the "Memory Train" tool, which will hide more and more notes each time the song or measure loops. This will help get you off of the tab you’ve been working with so you can play it by memory. The "Speed Up" feature gradually speeds up the song so you can hone your technique and challenge yourself to go faster.

Using backing tracks for practice should be an essential part of every musician’s routine. With Tunefox, you can practice Reuben as fast or as slow as you want and mix the volume of the tracks with the instrument to your liking. There’s also a metronome so you can always feel the pulse of the song with or without the band track playing along.

Once you’ve settled on an arrangement of Reuben using the Lick Switcher, export your arrangement to a PDF file so you can print it out and take it with you. This is a member-only feature.