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Banjo tablatures for Rocky Top

Osborne Brothers

Recomended level: Intermediate

Tags: #vocal song, #up-tempo

Rocky Top. It's a classic. Synonymous with Bluegrass, The Osborne Brothers, and Tennessee Volunteer Football. It's the reason many want to learn how to play banjo and Bluegrass music. Make sure to check out the Melody first. Sonny Osborne himself suggests this is the first place to start when learning a new tune. If you can sing the words as you play the melody it will help you internalize the timing and song in a very natural way. It will also help with memorization. Make sure to learn the chords and notice how the changes in the melody correspond with certain chord changes. Hearing where chords change in certain parts of the melody will also help you memorize chord changes.

The lead breaks in the Scruggs and Melodic style arrangements play over the chord changes of the Verse section. This is very common in the bluegrass genre for the breaks to happen in that way. If you are at a jam or in a band it's where you'd be expected to take a solo the majority of the time. In a group context, as banjo players, we spend most of our time playing Backup. Make sure to dig into that arrangement. You'll learn to play backup over the entire song - verse and chorus section.

  • Banjo Rocky Top Melody


    Start with the melody - that's what Sonny Osborne says. Learning to play the melody and "play the syllables" is very important when learning a tune. It helps with memory, under...

    Banjo Rocky Top Melody
  • Banjo Rocky Top Scruggs Style

    Scruggs Style

    A classic bluegrass song as performed by The Osborne Brothers. This arrangement of Rocky Top features the solo break. For the rest of the song, check out the backup version!

    Banjo Rocky Top Scruggs Style
  • Banjo Rocky Top Melodic Style

    Melodic Style

    This melodic version of Rocky Top is a solo arrangement over the verse chords. It also blends in single string and Scruggs Style banjo techniques. Check out the backup version to le...

    Banjo Rocky Top Melodic Style
  • Banjo Rocky Top Backup


    This backup version of Rocky Top gives you lots to work with for the entire version of the song - Verse and Chorus. Make sure you swap out licks to explore new possibilities and sounds!

    Banjo Rocky Top Backup