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Salty Dog Blues banjo tabs

  • Tablatures

    Scruggs Style

    Flatt & Scruggs

    A classic Earl Scruggs arrangement of Salty Dog Blues with lots of great licks for you to use in solos and backup. Use the lick switcher to see different Scruggs, melodic, and jazz variations!

  • Melodic Style

    Flatt & Scruggs

    A fun, flashy version of Salty Dog using some bluesy fiddle-like elements. The funky chords in this song gives you a lot of room for cool improvisation!

  • Backup

    Flatt & Scruggs

    This arrangement of Salty Dog Blues seamlessly mixes vamping and rolling to give you a fun and interesting take on playing backup behind a singer or instrumentalist.


More about Salty Dog Blues

Here on Tunefox you’ll find 3 versions of Salty Dog Blues for banjo. The Scruggs style tablature will teach you how to play slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs. In the melodic arrangement of Salty Dog Blues, 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 Salty Dog Blues 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. You'll also find some useful tools which will help you to learn how to play Salty Dog Blues 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. Each arrangement of Salty Dog Blues for banjo features real-sounding backing tracks. Use these backing tracks to polish up the solo you’re working on. You can mix... the banjo, band, and metronome up or down so that you have several options for your practice. Members can export their arrangements into PDF, allowing them to print and bring them to their next jam session.

Salty Dog Blues lyrics

Standin' on the corner with the low-down blues
A great big hole in the bottom of my shoes
Honey, let me be your salty dog Let me be your salty dog
Or I won't be your man at all
Hony, let me be your salty dog Now look-a hear, Sal, I know you
A run-down s...the wildwood settin' on a log
Finger on the trigger and an eye on the hog
Honey let me be your salty dog * Refrain I pulled the trigger and the gun said go
Shot fell over in Mexico
Honey let me be your salty dog * Refrain