Soldier's Joy banjo tabs & chords

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  • Scruggs Style

    Difficulty

    A break based loosely on Earl Scruggs's version. There's some tricky syncopation in the B section, so practice slowly to get the timing right.

    • Key D
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning aDGBD
    Play Scruggs Style
  • Single String

    Difficulty

    This is note for note how a fiddle player may play Soldier's Joy. Find a friend that plays fiddle and teach it to them!

    • Key D
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning aDGBD
    Play Single String
  • Backup

    Difficulty

    A typical down-the-neck backup arrangement of Soldier's Joy that would sound great behind a fiddle player!

    • Key D
    • 120 bpm
    • Tuning aDGBD
    Play Backup

More about Soldier's Joy Banjo song

Here are 3 killer arrangements of Soldier's Joy 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 Soldier's Joy 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.

Each Tunefox arrangement teaches you how to create your own solos by using a feature called the Lick Switcher. The Lick Switcher features different style licks such as Scruggs, Melodic, or Bluesy and you can swap out measures in Soldier's Joy to learn about improvisation and creating arrangements. To use the Lick Switcher, click on the text "Original Measure" above certain measures in the song. Then select the lick you'd like to insert into the song. You can also click on "Shuffle Licks" at the bottom of the page to see a fully new version of the tablature.

Tunefox also features useful tools that will help you learn this arrangement of Soldier's Joy. If you select the "Tools" option in the bottom bar you’ll see "Hide Notes", "Memory Train", and "Speed Up" features. Hide notes will help you train your ears by hiding some of the notes on the page for you to figure out as opposed to looking at the tab. "Memory Train" will help you retain the melody of the song by gradually hiding notes so you can rely on your ears more for memorization. Finally, the "Speed Up" tool will automatically increase the playback speed each time a measure or the song loops.

Using backing tracks for practice should be an essential part of every musician’s routine. With Tunefox, you can practice Soldier's Joy 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 Soldier's Joy 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.