This arrangement is a very accurate transcription of J.D. Crowe's playing with the Bluegrass Album band. J.D. twists and turns the Scruggs vocabulary in interesting ways. Make sure to listen to the recording. Try and hear some of the subtle things he does. Sometimes, he holds a note out longer or cuts it short. Making a note short is done by releasing your fret hand pressure slightly. Do it just enough to stop the note from ringing. You can create powerfully rhythmic phrases this way. Listen to which notes are "stressed", or "accented". This is another way to create strong rhythmic feel in your lead playing. This song has simple chords. What you need to watch out for is your timing. There's an extra 2 beats in the A part. It happens twice. You’ll see it in measures 4 & 9. Practice with the tab. Count off measures while listening to the tab player. Do the same when listening to the recording. Learn to sing the melody and lyrics along with Mr. Tony Rice. Do that, and you will help you internalize the timing of the chord changes and melody in a very natural way.Learn
This is a transcription of J.D. Crowe's backup playing with the Bluegrass album band. It has all those fancy vamping and "Foggy Mountain Special" style licks. For each measure there are other backup licks you can switch around to get a sense of how to put some variation in your backup. You can inject classic Scruggs vocabulary along with J.D.'s playing, which is also heavily based on Earl's. There are also many simple backup options in the lick switcher. These are there to show you don't have to play super fancy to play solid backup. It's actually better to play simply, dynamically appropriate, and with rock steady time. It also gives you the option to fall back on if some of the original transcription is just too tough for you at the moment. Throughout the tab you will see the letter "x" appear above the tablature. This marking indicates the note directly below is a muted, or "ghost" note. That means you don't hold down pressure all the way with your fret hand. You just keep your finger barely touching the string, or release pressure immediately when picking. Your goal is to get a percussive sound that doesn't ring out.Learn
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There are many Scruggs, melodic and bluesy licks in these 1 banjo Somehow Tonight tablatures, which can be used to personalize each arrangement into your liking. To change measure into different arrangement, just click on the "Original Measure" text above the measure and select a different lick. You can also click the "Shuffle licks" button at the bottom of the page to randomly change all of the licks in the tablature and create a wholly unique arrangement of this song.
Tunefox also features useful tools that will help you learn this arrangement of Somehow Tonight. 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.
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Somehow Tonight lyrics
CHORUS: Somehow tonight I feel lonely my darling Somehow tonight I feel blue Somehow tonight these tears of mine keep falling Come back sweetheart and be true VERSE: I thought you’re love was something I could treasure To brighten my pathway through the years Now all I can see is darkness in the future That’s why I long to have you near CHORUSE I never new what loneliness meant darling Until I watched you walk away I long to hear you whisper that you love me I can’t forget our happy days CHORUS