Shortnin' Bread banjo tabs & chords

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  • Scruggs Style

    Difficulty

    Nothin' too fancy. Just some good ole Scruggs style on this common tune. Watch out for the rhythmic syncopation in the A part.

    • Key G
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Scruggs Style
  • Melodic Style

    Difficulty

    Short and sweet. This arrangement doesn't have a lot going on in the left hand. This gives you the opportunity to focus on your right hand to try and achieve the same drive and intensity found in Scruggs style. Have fun with this one :)

    • Key G
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Melodic Style
  • Single String Style

    Difficulty

    Besides the syncopation in the A part, this should present no undue challenge for you brave Tunefoxers. Remember to use the lick switcher and other Tunefox tools to make the learning process easier: tempo slider and the looper. Sometimes just pressing pause to work on a tough measure can really take away some of the frustration that happens when learning something new and challenging.

    • Key G
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Single String Style

More about Shortnin' Bread Banjo song

Learn 3 different versions of Shortnin' Bread, which are all shown on this page. We recommend that you get started with the Scruggs style version, where you’ll learn basic roll pattern and left hand articulations like slides, hammer-ons, and pull-offs. Next, move on to the Melodic arrangement to learn how to play the melody for Shortnin' Bread using scales and up the next positions. Lastly, you can check out the Backup arrangement, which shows you how to play behind others while they are soloing.

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 Shortnin' Bread 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.

Be sure to check out all of the great learning tools that Tunefox has to offer such as "Hide Notes", "Memory Train", and "Speed Up". These tools can be found in the "Tools" menu at the bottom right of your screen. Want to learn some of Shortnin' Bread by ear? Use "Hide Notes" to hide some or all of the notes in the tablature. Once you’re finished learning with the tab use the "Memory Train" tool to commit the song to memory. Then practice with "Speed Up" to improve your technique and speed in no time.

Use the Tunefox backing tracks to practice the solo you’re working on or improvising over the chord changes for Shortnin' Bread. 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 also export all of their banjo Shortnin' Bread arrangements into PDF files.