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Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms banjo tabs

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  • Tablatures
    Banjo Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms tab

    Scruggs Style

    Flatt & Scruggs

    • Difficulty
    • Key
      G
    • Tempo
      120 bpm
    • Tuning
      gDGBD

    This is Earl Scruggs's break on Roll in My Sweet Baby's arms. Try to milk those 3rd string/3rd fret bluesy notes.

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  • Melodic Style

    Flatt & Scruggs

    • Difficulty
    • Key
      G
    • Tempo
      120 bpm
    • Tuning
      gDGBD

    This melodic break jumps up and down the neck and gives you a lot of ideas for licks to use in your own arrangements!

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  • Backup

    Flatt & Scruggs

    • Difficulty
    • Key
      G
    • Tempo
      120 bpm
    • Tuning
      gDGBD

    This is a low register arrangement of Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms that demonstrates how you could potentially play behind a singer or fiddle player.

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  • Licks

    7th Chord #1

    Fill Lick

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  • Melodic #2

    Fill Lick

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  • V - I Chord Lick #1

    Fill Lick

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  • V - I Chord Lick #2

    Fill Lick

    Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms Scruggs measure 7

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  • Scruggs #3

    Fill Lick

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More about Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms

"Roll in the Arms of My Sweet Angel" is a traditional American track. It seems to have originated from lyrics in the western hit "My Lula Gal," itself a fusion of British and Appalachian bawdy songs generally known as "Bang Bang Rosie" and "Bang Away Lulu." On December 14, 1951, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys issued the Flatt & Scruggs version as an album for the first time. In August 1971, Buck Owens issued his cover version "Rollin ' in My Sweet Baby's Arms" as the second single from Ruby's song. On the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, the track debuted at No. 2. It also reached number 1 in Canada's RPM Country Tracks chart. Artists as diverse as Bill Monroe, Leon Russell, Willie Nelson, Del McCoury, and Jerry Lee Lewis covered the traditional song "Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms." On 11/18/94, Phish decided to add his name to the list. Two days ago, "Reverend" Jeff Mosier had joined the ride, sitting in with Phish each evening for a few bluegrass tunes. Phish used the opportunity to showcase a variety of classic bluegrass tracks, and "Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms" was published that evening as the first track of a two-song encore (Mosier played banjo on both "Sweet Baby" and "Runaway Jim"). "Roll in My Sweet Baby's Hands" was also performed in the impromptu jam parking lot outside the IU Auditorium in Bloomington on the following evening, 11/19/94.

Here are 3 killer arrangements of Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms 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 Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms 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.

Use the Tunefox Lick Switcher to explore improvisation and creativity inside the Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms 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.

You'll also find some useful tools which will help you to learn how to play Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms on banjo. For example, you can use the "Hide Notes" feature, which will hide some notes for you so you can learn parts of the melody by ear. The "Memory train" tool will progressively hide notes each time you play through a section or the entirety of a song. Take your speed to the next level with the "Speed Up" feature. This tool will automatically increase playback speed each time you loop the song.

Using backing tracks for practice should be an essential part of every musician’s routine. With Tunefox, you can practice Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms 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 Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms 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.

Roll in My Sweet Baby's Arms lyrics

Roll in my sweet baby's arms
Roll in my sweet baby's arms
Lay around the shack 'til the mail comes back
And roll in my sweet baby's arms

I ain't gonna work on the railroad
I ain't gonna work on the farm
Lay down the shack 'til the mail train come back
And roll in my sweet baby's srms

* Refrain

Now where were you last Friday's night
While I was lying in jail
Walking the street another man
Would even go my bail

* Refrain

I know you parents don't like me
They drove me away from your door
If I had my life to live over
I'd never go there any more

* Refrain