Scruggs Backup Licks banjo tabs & chords

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  • Key of G

    Difficulty

    This tab features 4 classic Scruggs back up licks in the key of G. These licks are in closed position, so once you learn them in G, try them in other keys!

    • Key G
    • 100 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Key of G
  • Key of C

    Difficulty

    More closed position licks. These licks are not unique to the key of C, so try them out in a variety of keys for faster internalization.

    • Key C
    • 100 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Key of C

More about Scruggs Backup Licks Banjo song

Here on Tunefox you’ll find 2 versions of Scruggs Backup Licks for banjo. The Scruggs style tablature will teach you how to play slides, hammer-ons and pull-offs. In the melodic arrangement of Scruggs Backup Licks, 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 Scruggs Backup Licks 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 Scruggs Backup Licks. 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.

Use the Tunefox backing tracks to practice the solo you’re working on or improvising over the chord changes for Scruggs Backup Licks. The backing tracks are recorded samples of real instruments to help simulate practicing with an actual band. You can adjust the volume of the instrument, band, and metronome to your liking.

Members can export their arrangements into PDF, allowing them to print and bring them to their next jam session.