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Salt Creek banjo tabs

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    Banjo Salt Creek tab

    Scruggs Style


    Salt Creek is a popular jam tune, and is a great introduction to single string playing in the context of a song.

  • Melodic Style


    Play like a fiddle player! A lot of melodic style banjo players listen to fiddle players for articulations and popular licks.

  • Backup


    This is a fairly difficult backup arrangement of Salt Creek with a lot of common licks to keep things interesting when playing behind another instrumentalist.


More about Salt Creek

It is quite unclear if this is the original title of the tune or if it had been changed. Jabbour might have changed the name because "Salt Creek" was the name of a stream running through its site of the Bean Blossom Festival. This may be the bluegrass re-titling of "Salt River" by Mandolinist Bill Monroe, although there are claims that his record company, Decca, was liable because Monroe's last song was "Big Sandy River." The record company, the story goes, assumed that misunderstanding due to the similarities in the names might mess with marketing, and they decided on switching' river' to' creek.' In 1963, Monroe recorded the song with banjo by Bill Keith. Popular in West Virginia Central and South (Krassen). Hobart Smith called the tune "Pateroller", but this is not the tune usually called "Pateroller", "The Pateroller (Song)", or "Run, N.... r, Run" and variants. AB (Silberberg, Krassen): AABB (Brody, Lowinger): AABBAA'B'B' (Phillips). D Modern {Krassen}: A Major / Mixolydian (Silberberg, Brody, and Phillips). He believes Monroe's tune was learned from the banjoist Don Stover (who knew it as "Salt River").

Here on Tunefox you’ll find 3 versions of Salt Creek for banjo. The Scruggs style tablature will teach you how to play slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs. In the melodic arrangement of Salt Creek, you’ll learn some fancy up-the-neck melodic work. The third variation of this song is a forward roll based-backup arrangement.

In every Tunefox tablature arrangement you'll find measures where you can switch out licks to see different options to use for your improvisation. This feature is called the Lick Switcher. How do you find the Lick Switcher? Look for text that says "Original Measure" over different measures in the Salt Creek tab you are learning and click on that text. It'll open up the Lick Switcher where you can select a substitute measure for that spot in the song. You'll find that there are different styles of licks like Scruggs, Melodic, Bluesy, and more. Want to see a completely different version of this song? Click on "Shuffle Licks" on the bottom of tool panel to randomly shuffle the licks in 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 Salt Creek. 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.

Each Tunefox banjo Salt Creek tab contains real-sounding backing tracks. These backing tracks allow you to practice the arrangement you’re learning with with an entire band and you can change volume of the band, banjo and metronome to suit your liking.

Members can also export all of their banjo Salt Creek arrangements into PDF files.